For the first, and likely only time I will be breaking a rule of this site and will be reviewing an album that was released digitally only. There's no LP, CD or Tape, but this release gets a pass for 2 reasons. The first is because I just love Dan Sartain. But, the 2nd and significantly more important reason is because this album has been released to raise money for the The Travis Jackson Memorial Fund.
Travis Jackson was the founder of Windian records, a label that has released so many fantastic records. Travis was tragically killed in an accident at work. He left behind a wife and a child. In addition to all proceeds from this Dan Sartain release being donated to The Travis Jackson Memorial Fund, there is a 2nd website where you can donate directly to the fund here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/fgGY8 While I'm sure that there is no deadline for buying this EP, the Fundrazr.com fundraiser is closing in 4 days on February 15th. Please give a little something if you can.
This Dan Sartain EP is just phenomenal. Sure, it was recorded in just 24 hours. Sure it's all cover songs, but it highlights the very best of Dan Sartain. His voice and his retro rock and roll take on music. This release is most reminiscent of his earliest work like Romance In Stereo, Crimson Guard and Vs. The Serpientes. He gives inspired acoustic takes on songs from Dead Milkmen, X, The Wipers, The Ramones & others. Dan manages to turn them all into thoughtful , borderline ballads. Although I like Dan's more rocking releases, his slower, old school country records are always the ones I go back to over and over again.
If you are a Dan Sartain fan it would be silly to not grab this. If you are new to the party, it's a $5 investment that goes to a great, great cause. And if you hate it, you can still give to The Travis Jackson Memorial Fund directly at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/fgGY8
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