Review: Dash Rip Rock

Review: Dash Rip Rock

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Dash Rip Rock
Black Liquor
Alternative Tentacles
Street: 11.13.12
Dash Rip Rock = Hank Williams III x Reverend Horton Heat + Cowboy Mouth
In the almost 30 years since they formed, Louisiana Music Hall of Famers Dash Rip Rock have been making rollicking swamp-rock with equal doses of punk and country and even a little metal. While they didn’t invent cowpunk, they arguably own the style and a whole lot more, as their latest release on the iconic punk label proves once again. With Bill Davis (who has worked with Mojo Nixon and Jello Biafra) providing twangy vocals and guitar, supported by Patrick Johnson and Kyle Melancon, this latest release tears up the floor and takes the roof clean off. But even when these roots-rockers are threatening you with a dozen straight-pins (“Voodoo Doll“) or kicking you to the curb (“Go Ahead Baby”), it’s all well-intentioned, good ol’ boy music with the emphasis on “good,”––genuinely nice guys who know how to have fun (and are smarter than that twang might indicate). The title track is a rousing good time about just how much Louisiana’s life blood (oil, that is) is literally killing the folks back home, but don’t let that get you down; this whole CD is more fun than a barrel of drunk Cajuns. –Madelyn Boudreaux