Dash Rip Rock Returns to Kill Devil Hills [Concert Preview]

Posted By on August 31, 2012

New Orleans legends Dash Rip Rock return to the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills to turn up the volume and paint the town red live in concert tonight (August 31)!

Dash Rip Rock live

Dash Rip Rock

SPIN Magazine called them “undeniably the South’s greatest rock band” and The New York Times recently declared that 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.” 

You can checkout the official video for “Paint the Town Red” in the player below!

The band’s lineup has undergone several changes over the years, but has always been built around founding member and singer-guitarist Bill Davis, often credited with creating the musical genre known as “Country Punk.”

Formed as a rockabilly 3-piece in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the summer of 1984, the band took their name from a minor character on The Beverly Hillbillies. In the classic television series, “Dash Riprock” was the most prominent of Elly May’s wannabe boyfriends.

Elly May and Dash Riprock

Elly May and Dash Riprock

Dash Rip Rock gleefully poked fun at the 1990s resurgence of Grateful Dead-style jam bands, calling out Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Spin Doctors, Drivin N Cryin, and Widespread Panic among others, in their tongue-in-cheek parody of Danny and the Juniors’ “At the Hop” that they christened, “Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot.”

Released in 1995, it became a 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 anthem, and was even ranked No. 17 in High Times Magazine ‘s “Top 25 Pot Songs of All Time,” it was actually intended to make fun of the resurgent popularity of those ”retro” jam bands named in the lyrics, some of which openly admitted to smoking marijuana. 

Fire up the player below to watch the official video for “Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot”!


In 2010 Dash Rip Rock’s song “Johnny Ace” was featured in the hit video game Rock Band, and Bill Davis also appears in the 2011 documentary Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW.

Most recently, on January 7, 2012, Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Showtime at the Brewing Station is 10pm tonight.

Dash Rip Rock


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