"I have been listening to Dana for 40 plus years now and he just seems to get better and better." - Everett Moran, Rainshadow Recording Out of the heartland of America,
“I have been listening to Dana for 40 plus years now and he just seems to get better and better.” – Everett Moran, Rainshadow Recording
Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, powerhouse troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful
stories and commanding presence.
Dana is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician Award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the 2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Coopers songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura OConnell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner.
Coopers mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience. At 12 he sang, played drums, guitar and harmonica in local bands. By 13, he began writing his own songs and at 16 he performed regularly at the prestigious Vanguard Coffeehouse in Kansas City. His deep love and commitment to a life of music drew Cooper away from an art scholarship. Cooper took to the road touring midwest college coffeehouses for one year then sold an electric guitar and his entire record collection to buy a one- way ticket to Los Angeles. Four months later he was signed to Elektra Records where his eponymous first album was released in 1973. The record features such acclaimed players as Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Jim Horn.
Years later he returned to San Francisco City College to study another great love, horticulture. Still he played whenever possible in clubs all over the Bay Area. Coopers diverse experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurses aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician continued to bring maturity and depth to his songwriting. Cooper eventually moved to Texas, writing, performing and recording with Shake Russell in the late 70s and with his own power trio, DC3 during the early 80s. Returning to his roots as a solo
performer Cooper relocated to Nashville in 1988, where he has become an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers such as Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin. His prolific endeavors have resulted in over 20 albums.
The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as Best Pop Album and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year.
Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year.
Made of Mud released on King Easy Records in 2005 won Cooper the Best Male Songwriter Award by Indie Acoustic Project.
Cooper joined co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz in 2010 to record the indie Americana classic The Conjurer. Working again with Jutz, Cooper released Building a Human Being in September, 2015. This is Coopers 25th album and its gaining momentum on Americana radio stations all over the US. Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter Kim Carnes co-wrote two of the songs with Cooper and sings on several tracks.
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