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 [a]Johnny Cash[/a] version of country classic ‘(Ghost) Riders In the Sky’.

Leonie Cooper

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