Dash Rip Rock is a New Orleans-based, country-infused, rockin' punkabilly band built around the songs of singer-guitarist Bill Davis. Renowned for tight musicianship and wild live shows, the band has amassed a loyal and eclectic following, whose wide tent somehow holds punk rockers, roots rock aficionados, Norwegians & Japanese, and country fans alike.
In 1984, Davis founded Dash Rip Rock, and Louisiana cowpunk was born. They made their reputation by playing punk rock as if they were the Stray Cats, then belting out country standards as if they were the Sex Pistols. They've been a club and festival mainstay with their unique brand of roots punk ever since.
Dash Rip Rock has toured with the Cramps, Georgia Satellites, the DBs, Cowboy Mouth, and Reverend Horton Heat, and they've shared stages with The Ramones, Jerry Lee Lewis, No Doubt, the Circle Jerks, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, David Allan Coe, The Replacements, Lou Reed, Los Lobos, Social Distortion, and many others. Their 15 records have been hailed as country punk classics. They recently 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 released Call of the Wild — a soulful, blistering concept album that both extols and critiques that most unique institution: the Southern party. They toured internationally, and to top it off, their song "Johnny Ace" was featured in the hit video game Rock Band.
Dash Rip Rock tours constantly, all while writing new songs and recording their next record. For the ultimate wild-ass Southern punkabilly beer-soaked throw-down, look no further than the notorious Dash Rip Rock.
"Dash Rip Rock is the kind of band that provides a lesson in American rock-and-roll history wrapped up in a party package. Skillful musicians with a penchant for getting reliably wild, the group mixes up rockabilly, blues and country stomp for a guaranteed good time." -- New York Times
"Undeniably the South's greatest rock band." -- Spin
"Every bit the fire-breathing, fun-loving sons of the swamp they always have been." -- Houston Press
"Their manic stage presence and quirky music makes them sound like the Ramones playing Patsy Cline." -- USA Today
"The time has come for the rest of the country to climb aboard and revel in DRR's barrage of crunchy guitars, toe-tappin' beats and amusing lyrics." -- Billboard
"Them boys are wild. They got lots of energy." -- Jerry Lee Lewis