Dash Rip Rock
|Dash Rip Rock|
|Genres||Rock, indie rock, roots rock, Southern rock, alternative country, cowpunk|
|Labels||688 Records, Mammoth Records, Ichiban Records, Alternative Tentacles|
Dash Rip Rock is an American musical trio, known for their high-octane roots rock. The New York Times stated that Dash Rip Rock combines “fluency in American roots music with a robust dose of punk-rock spirit.” Bill Davis, Dash Rip Rock’s founder and frontman, is a songwriter known for his blistering guitar work. Spin praised Dash Rip Rock as “undeniably the South’s greatest rock band.” In 2012, Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Bill Davis formed Dash Rip Rock as a three-piece band in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the summer of 1984. Influenced by the early 1980s American roots rock revival embodied by such acts as Rank and File, The LeRoi Brothers, The Beat Farmers, The Stray Cats, Jason & the Scorchers. Guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Bill Davis formed Dash Rip Rock with drummer F. Clarke Martty and bassist Ned "Hoaky" Hickel. All three were veterans of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana post-punk / new wave scene. Over time, Dash evolved into a rock band that explored a wide variety of roots influences. Founding member and songwriter Davis has kept Dash Rip Rock touring and recording for years.
"No one can replace Bill Davis," Austin Chronicle writes. "He’s the brains behind Dash’s brawn, a barroom poet with a wicked sense of humor and a shameless knack for a good lick. He doesn't mind taking good-natured potshots at New Orleans icons like Aaron Neville but he’s capable of writing memorable heartbreakers like “Endeavor.”
Originally, the band focused on revved up country and rockabilly, with Martty playing a simple stand-up drum kit and members sporting cowboy shirts, mohawks and bola ties. Early shows included originals like "Marsupial" (the band's first single) and a fast rockabilly tune called "Shake That Girl" as well as rocked-out George Jones covers. The band began to build a strong following around their live cowpunk shows at clubs in Louisiana and throughout the South. Later Martty was replaced by a succession of drummers.
Dash Rip Rock released a self-titled debut album in 1986 on 688 Records. In 1988 the band recorded its second album, Ace of Clubs, on Mammoth Records. Dash Rip Rock toured with The Cramps, Reverend Horton Heat, the DB's and others.
In the 1990s, Dash Rip Rock's song "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot", a parody of Danny and the Juniors' "At the Hop" became a tongue-in-mouth staple of the band's live shows and a nationwide radio hit that has since been covered by many bands. Although the song has been adopted by some as a pro-marijuana song, it was actually intended to make fun of the resurgent popularity of Grateful Dead-style jam bands, specifically naming Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Spin Doctors, Drivin N Cryin and Widespread Panic.
In 2005 Jello Biafra released Dash Rip Rock's retrospective CD (Recyclone) on the Alternative Tentacles label, followed in 2007 by Dash's first concept album, a punk rock opera based on Dante's Inferno "Hee Haw Hell." August 1, 2008 saw the release of a new studio album, Country Girlfriend. In 2010, Dash teamed up again with Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label and released Call of the Wild - a tribute to 1970s west coast circuit bands.
In 2010, the Houston Press deemed DRR one of the "Top 10 Louisiana Bands of All Time." Bill Davis was also featured in the documentary, Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW. In 2010, Dash Rip Rock's song "Johnny Ace" was featured in the video game Rock Band.
In 2011, Bill Davis also joined Jello Biafra to form Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch & Soul All-Stars. After selecting songs and recruiting musicians, DRR's Bill Davis and this one-time-only band of mostly-Louisiana rockers played a special show in New Orleans. The band featured Jello Biafra, Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock), Pepper Keenan (DOWN), and others.
In 2012, Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In November 2012, Alternative Tentacles Dash Rip Rock released DRR's new album Black Liquor. It was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Los Angeles, and produced by Ben Mumphrey. Bill Davis of Dash Rip Rock also cut the track "Rock 'N' Roll Clown" for an album by The Vibrators that was released on Cleopatra Records in 2013. Dash Rip Rock also recorded a tribute album to Billy Joe Shaver that will be released in 2013 on Whiskey Bayou Records. It that was produced by Tab Benoit.
- Bill Davis - Singer / guitarist/ songwriter
- Patrick J. - Bass
- Kyle M. - Drums
- Black Liquor (2012, Alternative Tentacles) (Produced by Ben Mumphrey)
- Recyclone (2005, Alternative Tentacles)
- Hee Haw Hell (2007, Alternative Tentacles)
- Country Girlfriend (2008, Abitian)
- Boiled Alive (1991, Mammoth)
- Not of This World (1990, Mammoth) (Produced by Jim Dickinson)
- Ace of Clubs (1989, Mammoth)
- Dash Rip Rock (1987, 688 Records/Mammoth)
- Call of the Wild (2010, Alternative Tentacles)
- Live at Schubas 8/13/2005 (download only, 2008)
- Live from the Bottom of the Hill (limited release, 2003)
- Sonic Boom (2003, Write On)
- Hits and Giggles (2000)
- Paydirt (1998, PC Music)
- Dash Rip Rock's Gold Record (1996, Ichiban)
- Testosterone (1995) Australian-only release
- Get You Some of Me (1995, Sector Two/Ichiban)
- Tiger Town (1993)
- A. C. Lee. "Lone Star Flavor in New York". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- "SXSW Music - Review: Guitartown/Conqueroo - Music". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Dash Rip Rock inducted into Louisiana Music Hall of Fame". NOLA.com. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Dash Rip Rock, Cletis and His City Cousins | Peachtree Tavern | Rock/Pop | Creative Loafing Atlanta". Clatl.com. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Hee Haw Hell: Dash Rip Rock's journey through H-E-double hockey sticks. - Music". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Top 25 Pot Songs Of All Time". High Times. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- [dead link]
- Gray, Chris (2011-03-08). "Top 10 Louisiana Bands Of All Time". Blogs.houstonpress.com. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW | Feature-length documentary premiering at SXSW 2011". Outsideindustrymovie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Jello Biafra: Quest for Fire". Offbeat.com. 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
- "Seeing the light". Syncweekly.com. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-03-17.