Dash Rip Rock is a New Orleans based rock band built around the songs of singer-guitarist Bill Davis. In Louisiana and throughout the South, it is almost impossible to have never heard of Dash Rip Rock. Known for tight musicianship and live wild shows, over 25 years the band has amassed a loyal and eclectic following whose wide tent somehow holds punk rockers, roots rock aficionados, Norwegians, and country and rockabilly fans alike.
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, the Circle Jerks, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, David Allan Coe, The Replacements, Lou Reed, No Doubt, Los Lobos, Social Distortion, and many others. The current lineup is Bill Davis on lead guitar and vocals, Eric Padua on drums and vocals, and Patrick Johnson on bass guitar and vocals.
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.