Bill Davis (musician)

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Bill Davis
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Rock, Alternative Country, Roots rock, Cowpunk, Indie
Occupations Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1984–present
Labels 688, Mammoth, Alternative Tentacles, Ichiban
Associated acts Dash Rip Rock

William "Bill" Davis (born New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is the founder, lead guitarist, and lead vocalist of the rock band Dash Rip Rock, and a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.[1] Davis founded Dash Rip Rock in 1984 and is often credited as a pioneer in "country punk," "cowpunk," and alt-country music that combines elements of rock with country and outlaw country with punk rock, but Davis has said in interviews that he considers his music to be widely roots-based. His work has been inspired by a variety of styles, including rock, country, punk, power pop, punk, soul and, at times, Cajun.

The Austin Chronicle called him "the brains behind Dash’s brawn, a barroom poet with a wicked sense of humor and a shameless knack for a good lick."[2]

Other projects[edit]

Davis contributed guitar work and backing vocals on six songs on Glenn Tilbrook (lead singer and guitarist of the British band Squeeze's solo album titled Transatlantic Ping Pong.[3] His guitar work is also featured on Mojo Nixon's Root Hog or Die, and on the country punk supergroup Otis album that featured John Doe, Bill Davis, and Country Dick Montana and was produced by Jim Dickinson. In 2013 Davis contributed guitar work and vocals on The Vibrators song "Rock N' Roll Clown" for their record On the Guest List.[4]

Davis has also been a member and founder of the sometimes band Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch & Soul All-Stars. He also was a guitarist for two years with Trent Summar and the New Row Mob.

Selected discography[edit]

with Dash Rip Rock:

  • Dash Rip Rock (1987, 688 Records/Mammoth)
  • Ace of Clubs (1989, Mammoth)
  • Not of This World (1990, Mammoth) (Produced by Jim Dickinson)
  • Boiled Alive (1991, Mammoth)
  • Tiger Town (1993, Doctor Dream)
  • Get You Some of Me (1995, Sector Two/Ichiban)
  • Testosterone (1995, Australian-only release)
  • Dash Rip Rock’s Gold Record (1996. Ichiban)
  • Paydirt (1998, PC Music)
  • Hits and Giggles (2000)
  • Sonic Boom (2003, Write On)
  • Live from the Bottom of the Hill (limited release, 2003)
  • Recyclone (2005, Alternative Tentacles)
  • Hee Haw Hell (2007, Alternative Tentacles)
  • Country Girlfriend (2008, Abitian)
  • Black Liquor (2012, Alternative Tentacles)

with other musicians:

  • Mojo Nixon Root Hog and Die (1989, IRS)
  • Mojo Nixon, John Doe, Country Dick Montana, Eric Ambel Otis (1990, Enigma)
  • Swingin Haymakers For Rent (1995, Circle Records)
  • Trent Sumnar & The New Row Mob Live at 12th and Porter (2003, DCN Records)
  • Glen Tilbrook Transatlantic Ping Pong (2004, Compass)
  • The Vibrators On The Guest List (2013, Cleopatra)


  • Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW
  • The Bad, the Rad, and the Mono

Sources[edit] Tilbrook Plans Second Solo Set]". Billboard.


  1. ^ Fensterstock 2012
  2. ^ Moser 2008
  3. ^ Billboard 2001
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