Dishwalla is an American alternative rock band from Santa Barbara, California, United States. The band's name comes from a Hindi term for a person providing satellite TV to a neighborhood. In a Vox interview, lead guitarist Rodney Browning Cravens claimed the band took the name out of a Wired magazine article.[1][2][3] The band is best known for their 1996 hit song "Counting Blue Cars".

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Alternative rock band Dishwalla performs at a Fourth of July celebration event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.
Background information
OriginSanta Barbara, California, United States
Years active1993–2005, 2008–present
LabelsA&M, Interscope, Immergent, Orphanage, Pavement Entertainment
MembersRodney Browning Cravens
Scot Alexander
Jim Wood
George Pendergast
Justin Fox
Past membersJ.R. Richards
Pete Maloney
Greg Kolanek


In 1994, the band recorded "It's Going to Take Some Time" on the tribute album If I Were a Carpenter featuring cover versions of songs by The Carpenters.

In 1996, the single "Counting Blue Cars" from the 1995 album Pet Your Friends climbed the charts and was frequently played on the airwaves, bringing the band mainstream success. The track earned them a Billboard Award for "Best Rock Song" for 1996 as well as two ASCAP Awards for "Rock Track of the Year" in both 1996 and 1997. Their 1998 follow-up album, And You Think You Know What Life's About, failed to sustain the level of popularity achieved by "Counting Blue Cars".

In 2002, Dishwalla released their third album Opaline on Immergent Records. The album was produced by Gregg Wattenberg. The band followed up with the 2005 self-titled album Dishwalla produced by Sylvia Massy, Bill Szymczyk and Ryan Greene and released on Orphanage Records. This would be the final album with original lead singer J.R. Richards.

Dishwalla has since made other ventures into the limelight. In 1995 the song "Counting Blue Cars" was featured in the movie Empire Records. "Pretty Babies" is on the Blast from the Past soundtrack. In 1998 landed the song "Truth Serum" in The Avengers; in 1999, the song "Stay Awake" was featured in the movie Stir of Echoes' and the song "Find Your Way Back Home" was featured in the movie American Pie. In 2002 the song "Home" was in the movie The Banger Sisters and The WB series Charmed spotlighted Dishwalla as musical guests in one episode. Other TV shows that have used their songs include Smallville, The OC, and NCIS. They have also been mentioned several times in the show How I Met Your Mother. The band also released a live album in 2003, Live... Greetings From The Flow State.

Five singles charted on Billboard. In 1996, "Counting Blue Cars" peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100 but climbed to No. 5 on both the Adult Top 40 and Hot 100 Airplay charts, No. 4 on the Top 40 Mainstream charts, No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock charts, and No. 1 on the Modern Rock charts. "Charlie Brown's Parents" hit No. 24 on the Mainstream Rock charts. The following year, "Give" was a No. 26 Adult Top 40 single. In 1998, "Once in a While" reached No. 17 on the Mainstream Rock charts and No. 20 on the Modern Rock charts. Finally, "Somewhere in the Middle" hit No. 25 on the Adult Top 40 charts in 2002.


After deciding to take a break in 2005, the band reformed and began touring in 2008 with a modified lineup consisting of original members bassist Scot Alexander, guitarist Rodney Cravens, keyboardist Jim Wood, and drummer George Pendergast. The lineup featured long-time friend, Justin Fox, singer of the Santa Barbara band Tripdavon, as a "Special Guest Vocalist".

On March 15, 2009, Dishwalla was asked to play a benefit concert for Tea Fire victims Lance and Carla Hoffman, who were badly burned in fires which hit Santa Barbara in November 2008. The hugely successful event was put on by coordinated efforts with Santa Barbara City Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, Montecito Fire, and Carpinteria/Summerland Fire departments.

In September 2012, the band announced on their official Facebook page a benefit concert on October 13 to raise money for George Pendergast's "Rockshop Academy", his non-profit youth music program. Along with this announcement, Dishwalla quietly let it be known from personal Facebook posts by the members what fans had long speculated: the permanent replacement of J.R. Richards with long-time friend and "Special Guest Vocalist", Justin Fox, from the band Tripdavon. Richards has since released numerous albums as a solo artist.

The next two years in 2013 and 2014 saw the band touring extensively across the United States and the world.[4] The band has shared the stage with many other notable acts such as Eric Burdon, Collective Soul, Vertical Horizon, Tonic, Stroke 9, and Nine Days just in 2014 alone.[5] Any initial doubts[6] about Justin Fox's ability to take over as front man have been extinguished by the outpouring of support by fans worldwide.[7]

2015 was the 20th anniversary of Dishwalla's chart topping Pet Your Friends album release which launched their careers.[8] To commemorate, the band rerecorded a 20th Anniversary Edition of their hit "Counting Blue Cars" with new vocalist Justin Fox.


On July 14, 2017, Dishwalla released their 5th studio album "Juniper Road" through Pavement Entertainment worldwide. The album marks the band's first full-length studio release in twelve years.[9] During the summer of 2017 in support of the new album, the band has toured heavily, sharing the stage with other notable acts such as Fuel, Marcy Playground, Candlebox, Gin Blossoms, and Alien Ant Farm in a tour dubbed "Rockin' Road Trip '17".[10][11] Their summer dates feature a very special appearance at the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 18, 2017 with Tears for Fears.[12]



  • Rodney Browning Cravens – lead guitar, backing vocals (1993–2005, 2008–present)
  • Scot Alexander – bass, backing vocals (1993–2005, 2008–present)
  • George Pendergast – drums (1993–1998, 2008–present)
  • Jim Wood – keyboards (1996–2005 2008–present)
  • Justin Fox – lead vocals (2008–present)

Justin FoxEdit

Justin David Fox (born August 17, 1979)[13] is the current lead singer for Dishwalla. He began his music career as the founding member and singer for the alternative rock band Tripdavon which was also from Santa Barbara, California before joining Dishwalla in 2008.[14]

Between the years active in Tripdavon and before heading back out to tour heavily with Dishwalla, Fox went back to school earning his Juris Doctorate and passing the California bar examination in June 2013 to practice as an entertainment attorney.[13]

In addition to the contributions and successes of his own musical acts as a singer and songwriter,[15][16][17] Fox also engages in many other projects as both a music producer and recording engineer. Most notably, he was credited as Assistant Recording Engineer to Katy Perry for the production of her platinum hit album Prism including the hit "Roar".[18] Perry described her experience recording in Fox's Montecito recording studio in the October 2013 issue of The New Yorker.[19]


  • J. R. Richards – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards (1993–2005)
  • Pete Maloney – drums (1998–2005)
  • Greg Kolanek – keyboards (1993–1994)




Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Label Chart peaks Certifications
US Indie
US Heat
1995 Pet Your Friends A&M Records 89 1 RIAA: Gold
1998 And You Think You Know What Life's About 164
2002 Opaline Immergent Records 192 12
2005 Dishwalla Orphanage Records
2017 Juniper Road Pavement Music

EPs and live albumsEdit


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)




1994 "It's Going To Take Some Time" 85 Pet Your Friends
1995 "Haze"
1996 "Counting Blue Cars" 15 2 4 1 5 4
"Charlie Brown's Parents" 24
"Give" 26 37
1998 "Once in a While" 17 20 91 And You Think You Know What Life's About
"Stay Awake"
2002 "Somewhere in the Middle" 25 Opaline
"Angels Or Devils"
2005 "Collide" Dishwalla
2017 "Give Me A Sign" Juniper Road
"Waiting on You, Love"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Non-album songsEdit

  1. "It's Going to Take Some Time" featured on If I Were a Carpenter (1994)
  2. "Policy of Truth" featured on For the Masses-Depeche Mode, not Dishwalla
  1. "Find Your Way Back Home" featured on the American Pie soundtrack

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "DISHWALLA – Origin of their Name". January 7, 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2017 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Dish-Wallahs | Wired". Wired. February 1, 1993. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Catching Up With…Scot Alexander, Bassist, Dishwalla". November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dishwalla Tour Dates 2017 – Upcoming Dishwalla Concert Dates and Tickets". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dishwalla Tour History from 2010 to 2017 – Dishwalla Past Tour Dates". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Dishwalla rides a new wave of popularity | Albuquerque Journal". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. November 20, 1996. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Dishwalla Join Forces With Pavement Entertainment To Release New Studio Album 'Juniper Road' – Pavement Music". Pavement Music. May 26, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  10. ^ '17, ROCK'N ROAD TRIP. "Rockn Road Trip 17". Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Dishwalla". Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "Tears For Fears". Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  13. ^ a b [1]
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Tripdavon – Tripdavon | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "The Enlightened Operative – Tripdavon | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  17. ^ "Sketches from Silence – Tripdavon | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  18. ^ Josephs, Brian (October 24, 2013). "Katy Perry "Prism" Album Credits". Myspace. Retrieved May 1, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  19. ^ Remnick, David (October 14, 2013). "The Doctor Is In". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Dishwalla – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  21. ^ "Dishwalla – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "Dishwalla – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  23. ^ "Dishwalla – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  24. ^ "Dishwalla – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  25. ^ "Dishwalla – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  26. ^ "Dishwalla – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2017.

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