Thursday, June 27, 2024

Dana Cooper

Grand Lodge - Garage Door

7pm to 10pm


All ages welcome

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About Dana Cooper

Dana Cooper

Dana Cooper's musical journey began at the young age of 2 when his father would prop him on the bar to sing along with the jukebox. Coming from Missouri, Cooper was surrounded by the sounds of classic country and folk music from an early age. He quickly became enamored with the guitar and taught himself to play and to harmonize vocally by listening to records. By his teenage years, Cooper was performing in coffee houses and clubs around Kansas City, honing his skills as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.

In the 1970s, Cooper landed a record deal with Elektra Records and released his acclaimed self-titled debut album in 1972. Backed by renowned LA studio musicians "The Section," including Leeland Sklar and Russ Kunkel, the album showcased Cooper's lyrical depth and virtuoso guitar playing. Through the 70s and 80s, he built his reputation on the club circuit while also collaborating with artists like Lyle Lovett, Kim Carnes, Susan Werner, Kim Richey, Hal Ketchum & more.

Over his 50+ year career, Cooper has amassed a catalog of 30+ albums and continues to tour actively. His 2022 release, "I Can Face the Truth," encapsulates his evolution as a consummate storyteller. The album mixes his signature fingerpicking guitar and harmonica with poignant lyrics on love, loss and the current state of the world.

Central to Cooper's unique artistry is his ability to connect with audiences through his authentic stories and warm stage presence. His decades of experience shine through in the ease and humor he brings to both his playing and storytelling. Though he's performed with Folk and Americana greats, Cooper has always followed his own musical vision.

"Few artists can claim to make music for 50 years and still do so with the same eagerness and enthusiasm that marked their initial efforts." Lee Zimmerman, American Songwriter

After all these years, Dana Cooper remains driven by his pure love for songwriting and performing, bringing people together through songs. From coffee houses to major concert halls, his singular mix of virtuosity and vulnerability has earned him a lifetime of devoted fans.