Album review: Dan Sartain - 'Dan Sartain Lives' (One Little Indian)

Proper rockabilly from the fastest 'tache in the west

Twiddling his John Waters-esque pencil ’tache in the face of Sailor Jerry-sipping, cherry hairclip-sporting fake rockabilly, Dan Sartain is still your go-to man for authentic Sun Studio-styled riffs and hip swings. For those already familiar with Sartain’s work, there are no surprises here – apart from maybe in the glam ‘Doin’ Anything I Say’, with a drum beat which sounds like it’s being hammered out by Suzi Quatro’s glittery platform boots. Even so, there’s hipflasks full of fun to be had in the south-of-the-border sashay and Tijuana twiddles of ‘Bad Things Will Happen’ and the way ‘Ruby Carol’ cribs the equine beat of the Johnny Cash version of country classic ‘(Ghost) Riders In the Sky’.

Leonie Cooper
7 / 10

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