In Louisiana and throughout the South, it is almost impossible to have never heard of Dash Rip Rock. The New York Times calls Dash "the kind of band that provides a lesson in American rock-and-roll history." Dash Rip Rock is known for their unique blend of bluesy roots punk and outlaw country punctuated by Bill Davis's blistering guitar work. Long heralded for tight musicianship and live wild shows, over 25 years the band has amassed a loyal and eclectic following whose wide tent somehow holds roots rock aficionados, Norwegians, punk rockers, and country and rockabilly fans of all ages.
Dash Rip Rock is a New Orleans based rock band built around the songs of singer-guitarist Bill Davis. In 1984, Davis founded Dash Rip Rock, and Louisiana cowpunk was born. The band is a legendary live powerhouse, often being credited with founding the musical genre known as "Country Punk." The band quickly became a national college radio darling, mixing Austin's punk rockabilly with Athens' southern pop. They started as a rockabilly trio, making a name for themselves by playing punk rock as if they were the Stray Cats, then belting out country standards as if they were the Sex Pistols. Dash Rip Rock has been a club and festival favorite with their unique brand of roots punk ever since.
Dash Rip Rock has toured with the Cramps, Georgia Satellites, the DBs, and Reverend Horton Heat and shared stages with The Ramones, Jerry Lee Louis, No Doubt, the Circle Jerks, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, David Allan Coe, The Replacements, Lou Reed, Los Lobos, Social Distortion, and many others. The current lineup is Bill Davis on lead guitar and vocals, Patrick Johnson on bass guitar and vocals, and Kyle Melancon on drums.
Dash Rip Rock has released 15 records that have been hailed as country punk classics. In the eighties the band was signed to Mammoth Records. In the nineties they scored a national modern rock radio hit with "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot." In recent years, the band joined forces with Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label to release Hee Haw Hell (2004), the world's first country punk rock opera.
In 2010 Dash Rip Rock followed it up with Call of the Wild- a soulsy, blistering concept album that both extols and critiques that most unique of institutions-the Southern party. No Depression says Call of the Wild proves Dash Rip Rock is "one of the greatest bands working today." In 2010-2011, Dash Rip Rock toured internationally and Houston Press deemed DRR one of the "Top 10 Louisiana Bands of All Time." Bill Davis was recently featured in the new documentary Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW. And in 2010 Dash Rip Rock's song "Johnny Ace" was also featured in the hit videogame Rock Band.
In 2011, DRR's Bill Davis joined forces with Jello Biafra to create the New Orleans Raunch & Soul All-Stars- a Nola punkraunch throwdown featuring Jello Biafra on vocals and Bill Davis on guitar, and members of DOWN (Pepper Keenan), Supagroup (Brian Broussard), Mojo Nixon's Toad Liquors (Pete Gordon), and others.
Dash Rip Rock is currently touring, writing, and recording their next record.