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Dash Rip Rock is the legendary New Orleans trio known for high-octane roots rock. The New York Times says Dash Rip Rock combines “fluency in
American roots music with a robust dose of punk-rock spirit.” SPIN praises Dash Rip Rock as “undeniably the South’s greatest rock band.” In 2012 Dash Rip Rock was honored to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
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 20 years the band has amassed a loyal, diverse following. The wide tent of their cross-genre fan base includes aficionados of rock, roots-rock and Americana as well as rockabilly, country, and punk fans. DRR has released 17 records that have been hailed as underground classics.
Dash Rip Rock has shared the stage with The Ramones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lou Reed, The Replacements, No Doubt, the Circle Jerks, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Black Crowes, Joe Ely and countless others, at times playing up to 250 shows a year and touring with acts like the Cramps and The Reverend Horton Heat. In 2010 Dash Rip Rock’s song “Johnny Ace” was featured in the hit video game Rock Band. Bill Davis also appeared in the 2011 documentary Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW.
Bill Davis, founder, lead guitarist and vocalist and songwriter of Dash Rip Rock is often credited as a pioneer of “country punk,” “cowpunk,” and alt-country music that combines elements of rock with country and outlaw country. DRR’s latest album “Wrongheaded” is being released by Drag Snake Records in the fall of 2015.