Incendiary Kid

Dana Cooper

Ten new songs from Dana Cooper performed with an all acoustic band. Produced by award winning songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Thomm Jutz. Released on Travianna Records Oct. 20, 2017.

Featuring musicians: Andrea Zonn, Jeff Taylor, Thomm Jutz, Justin Moses, Dave Francis, Lynn Williams, Ingrid Graudins, and Barbara Santoro.

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Building a Human Being

Dana Cooper

Songs about what it means to be human.

"Dana Cooper is a person who sings like an angel and plays like the devil." Buzz Holland

Building a Human Being features vocals by luminary songwriters Kim Carnes and Sally Barris.

Cooper is the recipient of the Folk Alliance International 2015 spirit of Folk Award

“This veteran song poet is a self-contained road warrior--a man of many tunes and tunings, and a right hand few guitarists will ever know. His music is vital, and live you see him channel all his energy into the song. The songs are smart, but they come from his heart.” —Frank Goodman, puremusic.com “...the kind of idealistic Whitmanesque songs of experience that not many people are singing these days. Put all this together and you have something that sounds suspiciously like wisdom.” —James M. Manheim, Ann Arbor Observer

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Road Show

Dana Cooper

After more than a million miles and thousands of shows, here comes "Road Show" — a collection of 15 entirely live tracks, recorded at shows across America. This is as real as it gets. Just one man, one guitar, one harmonica and his enthusiastic audience.

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The Conjurer

Dana Cooper

"The Conjurer" offers hints of reggae, blues, folk, rock, and adult pop -- all woven around a positive, humanistic theme. It’s raw and organic yet doesn’t sacrifice anything as far as sonic quality, displaying Cooper's distinctive voice and guitar.

Dana Cooper has customarily named his albums after song titles. The Conjurer departs from that tradition, with a compelling addition to the veteran singer-songwriter’s canon. With its inventive blend of acoustic rock, blues, folk, adult-contemporary pop and even a hint of reggae, this new collection demonstrates that Dana is still pushing forward as a recording artist and songwriter: trying new things, working with new collaborators, and letting his sound evolve.

"The idea of a conjurer, of someone who pulls something out of the air, makes me laugh,” says Dana Cooper. “It definitely describes how I see myself as a songwriter and performer. There’s a mystery and magic in songwriting. You have to keep believing you can pull the next idea out of a hat. In another way, someone who performs for the public has to be a conjurer, too. You have to be able to stand there and believe you can dazzle people with your next trick.”

But here’s where the metaphor ends: Cooper’s new set of songs prove once again that there’s no sleight of hand involved in crafting and presenting music this powerful. The seasoned singer-songwriter has grown into a master craftsman where every word has a purpose, every chord has a reason.

What’s remarkable about The Conjurer is how confident and nervy Cooper sounds interpreting his own material. Like any great artist, he has responded to his times, penning uplifting songs about perseverance and finding the positive in life in an of era of endlessly shifting landscapes. The Conjurer delivers a positive, humanistic theme in a collection that is raw and organic yet sacrifices nothing in the way of sonic quality, providing an ample platform Cooper's distinctive voice and guitar.

The title was inspired when the album’s art director, Jeff Thorneycroft, envisioned a CD cover designed to look like an old magician’s poster. The idea resonated with Cooper who, after more than three decades on the road, recognizes that stepping on stage in front of a different audience night after night takes no small amount of trickery.

“I’ve always considered myself an outsider as far as the music industry goes,” Dana Cooper says. “I focused on a grassroots career by making albums I liked and that I took to people by playing live. Now that’s what everyone says is the new music model, that you build a sustaining career by playing live and sticking to your own vision. If that’s the case, then I figure I’m ahead of the game, because I’ve been doing it that way for more than 30 years.”

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Miracle Mile

Dana Cooper

A folky pop look at modern rock

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Harry Truman Built A Road

Dana Cooper

Rootsy, eclectic, acoustic driven singer songwriter with poetic, intelligent lyrics.

Dana Cooper's CD "Harry Truman Built A Road" was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean in Nashville and selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of it's top 12 DIY records of that year.

This powerful collection of 13 original songs takes a turn toward Americana featuring Cooper's driving acoustic guitar style and exceptional harmonica. This veteran performer with over 16 recordings to his credit is widely known as a songwriter's songwriter.

Critics rave about "Harry Truman Built A Road"

"One of the finest singer-songwriters in town, period. On his latest album, "Harry Truman Built A Road, poetic lyrics resonate with depth and brilliance while his smooth, acoustic folk-pop shines with exceptional harmonica and guitar playing." The Rage

"Cooper writes with depth and brilliance, reciting simple, poetic phrases with a warm reassuring tenor. An exceptional batch of acoustic folk songs...innovative, eclectic and unforgettable." Heather Johnson, Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Dana is one of my favorite popsters in Nashville. 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

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