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Biography

  • Years Active

    1984 – present (38 years)

  • Founded In

    Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States

Dash Rip Rock is the legendary New Orleans-based rock band known for their unique roots music. SPIN says Dash Rip Rock is "undeniably the South's greatest rock band." The New York Times calls Dash Rip Rock "the kind of band that provides a lesson in American rock-and-roll history…skillful musicians with a penchant for getting reliably wild…." In 2012 Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and honored for their contribution to the state's music.

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 25 years the band has amassed a loyal, diverse following. Dash Rip Rock's rhythm section is bassist Patrick Johnson alongside drumming juggernaut Kyle Melancon.

DRR has released 15 records that have all been hailed as cult and underground classics. Though Dash Rip Rock is an infamous live powerhouse who is often credited with founding the musical genre known as "Country Punk," Dash has always been a roots-based band inspired by a variety of styles, including rock, country, soul, and power pop. Influential in shaping genres of modern rock and alternative country acts, Dash has fans that span the globe. The wide tent of their cross-genre fan base includes aficionados of roots-rock and Americana as well as rockabilly, country, and punk fans.

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