Dana Cooper is a poetic songwriter, an insightful storyteller, and a rousing musician whose performances engage and inspire audiences around the world. Cooper’s 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. Fellow singer songwriter Buzz Holland says “Cooper is a person who can sing like an angel and play like the devil."

Dana has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician Award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO, and the 2015 Spirit of Folk Award by Folk Alliance International.

His songs have been recorded by luminary artists such as Claire Lynch, Maura O’Connell, Pierce Pettis Jonell Mosser, Christine Albert, Trout Fishing in America, Jeannie Burns, and Susan Werner. He is an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers including Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes, Don Henry, and Kim Richey. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin.

Dana's eponymous first album released on Elektra Records featured luminary players from "The Section" Leland Sklar, and Russ Kunkel, along with Jim Horn, Michael Omartian, Jim Gordon, Joe Osborn, Milt Holland, and Al Perkins.

His 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. Cooper's co-producer and guitarist on the project, Josh Leo, has played with Kim Carnes, Jimmy Buffet, J D Souther, and also produced the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kathy Mattea, Bad Company, and LeAnn Rimes. Lyle Lovett and Maura O'Connell sang harmonies and George Marinelli of Bonnie Raitt's band joined Leo on electric guitar. 

Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of the year by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings. Made of Mud released on King Easy Records won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. 

Chris Keaton writing for Country Music News International Magazine says of Cooper's newest Travianna Records release Incendiary Kid: "This record is a beacon. A shining North Star. If you're looking for a brief respite from this crazy spinning circus of world and a unique lyrical and musical spin from the mind of a real songwriter, this record is for you." 

Quotes:

“Dana Cooper gave the best solo performance I’ve seen and heard for many years. Could be the best I’ve ever.”  Eric Taylor legendary Texas singer songwriter

"A driving acoustic rocker" - Rolling Stone Magazine

"Alternately yearning, anguished, and jubilant songs." Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

"Cooper spins infectious melodies and vivid lyrics that beg for repeated listening. Miracle Mile is an undeniable power-pop gem." Bob Cannon, Entertainment Weekly

"One of Nashville's best kept secrets. He's a singer and songwriter with a superb sense off melody and a wry, introspective lyrical bent." Vic Garbarini, Playboy Magazine

"Whatever you call him, he's an extraordinary writer and an eternally gripping performer. You need this music in your life." Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine

"One of the finest singer-songwriters in town, period." The Rage, Nashville TN

“Dana, still full from last night’s show. I was sitting there listening to your songs thinking, I’m in the room with one of the best living songwriters in the world. Your brilliance took us all on a ride into the ineffable parts of existence. I can’t thank you enough! What a night.” Minton Sparks

 

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Shared the stage with:

Lyle Lovett - Clint Black - Jerry Garcia - Bob Weir - Poco - Little River Band - Dan Hicks - Melissa Ethridge - Karla Bonoff - Richard Thompson - Richie Havens - 

Townes Van Zandt - Eric Taylor - Jerry Jeff Walker - Nanci Griffith - Iris DeMent - Loudon Wainwright - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Cowboy Junkies - Taj Mahal - 

Leo Kotke - The Persuasions - Dave Mason - Arlo Guthrie - Jesse Winchester - Jonathon Edwards - Jill Sobule - Jules Shear - Patty Larkin -

Kevin Welch - Jesse Colin Young 

 

Syndicated Radio and TV Shows:

Mountain Stage, Charleston WV

Acoustic Cafe, Ann Arbor MI

Live from Cactus Cafe, Austin TX

RadioLive WUWF, Pensacola FL

KSMQ, Off 90 Presents, Minnesota PBS

Live from Dennison Lodge, Wyoming PBS

 

Festivals:

Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville TX)

Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival (N. Ireland)

Napa Valley Music Festival (CA)

Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark)

Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Music Festival (Taos NM)

Panarts Belfast Songwriters Festival (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

MIDEM (Cannes France)

KPIG Fat Fry (Santa Cruz CA)

High Sierra Music Festival (Quincy CA)

Coosa Valley Fair (Rome GA)

South by Southwest (Austin TX)

Houston International Festival (Houston TX)

Pecan Street Festival (Austin TX)

San Jacinto Festival (Pasadena TX)

The Italian Festival (Nashville TN)

Tin Pan South (Nashville TN)

30A Songwriters Festival (South Walton FL)

 

Venues:

The Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)

The Cactus Café (Austin, TX)

Anderson Fair (Houston, TX)

McGonigel's Mucky Duck (Houston TX)

Berlin Guitars (Berlin, Germany)

McCabe’s (Santa Monica, CA)

The Birchmere (Alexandria,VA)

Passim (Cambridge, MA)

The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Paramount Theater, Austin TX

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY

The Iron Horse, North Hampton MA

Swallow Hill, Denver CO

American Theater, St. Louis MO

Memorial Hall, Kansas City KS

 

 

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