Dash Rip Rock
Dash Rip Rock is the legendary New Orleans-based rock band known for their unique roots music. SPIN says Dash Rip Rock is "undeniably the South's greatest rock band." The New York Times calls Dash Rip Rock "the kind of band that provides a lesson in American rock-and-roll history...skillful musicians with a penchant for getting reliably wild...." No Depression raves that DRR's recent albums prove that Dash is "one of the greatest bands working today" and Houston Press recently deemed Dash Rip Rock one of the "Top 10 Louisiana Bands of All Time." In 2012 Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and honored for their contribution to the state's music.
Dash Rip Rock has long been celebrated for tight musicianship, high energy live shows, and songs of raw insolence and longing that are sometimes cut with whimsy. Bill Davis, Dash Rip Rock's founder and frontman, is a songwriter known for his blistering guitar work. For over 25 years the band has amassed a loyal, diverse following. Dash Rip Rock's rhythm section is bassist Patrick Johnson alongside drumming juggernaut Kyle Melancon.
Though Dash Rip Rock is an infamous live powerhouse who is often credited with founding the musical genre known as "Country Punk," Dash has always been a roots-based band inspired by a variety of styles, including rock, country, soul, and power pop. Influential in shaping genres of modern rock and alternative country acts, Dash has fans that span the globe. The wide tent of their cross-genre fan base includes aficionados of roots-rock and Americana as well as rockabilly, country, and punk fans. The band tours often. See them in Los Angeles, New York, or Norway or in a rural Louisiana honky-tonk.
DRR has released 15 records that have all been hailed as cult and underground classics. Bill Davis started the band in the mid '80s, and DRR was first signed to 688 and then Mammoth Records. In the '90s Dash Rip Rock scored a national radio hit, "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot." This tongue-in-cheek classic is still played religiously throughout the nation over FM airwaves on counterculture feast days and covered regularly by major rock acts. Recently the band joined forces with ex-Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and his Alternative Tentacles label to release a number of albums including the idiosyncratic Hee Haw Hell (2004), a country-punk-rock-opera based on Dante's Inferno. Other cult classics followed, including 2010's Call of the Wild.
Dash Rip Rock has shared the stage with The Ramones, Jerry Lee Louis, Lou Reed, The Replacements, No Doubt, the Circle Jerks, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Black Crowes and countless others, at times playing up to 250 shows a year and touring with acts like the Cramps, The Reverend Horton Heat, and Mojo Nixon. In 2010 Dash Rip Rock's song "Johnny Ace" was featured in the hit video game Rock Band. Bill Davis also appears in the new documentary Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW.
Dash Rip Rock is currently holed up in the studio working on their next record and gigging nearly every week they're not.