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An evening with Dana Cooper

Sunday, 03/27/2022     7:00 pm

Doors Open: 6:15 pm

Price Range: $25.00 - $35.00

Please note that current COVID restrictions include proof of vaccination with valid ID and masks when not eating or drinking. You will be asked to confirm your acceptance of these requirements for everyone in your group during the ticketing process. There are no exceptions. Thank you for your support and understanding.

A cheese plate add-on option is available for table seats and includes a delightful selection of artisanal cheeses and accompaniments chosen by J-Dubs Wine & Market. Served at your table seats when the doors open. Serves 2.  $28 + tax. Look for the option when choosing your seat! Cheese plates are only available by pre-order. 

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We knew of Dana Cooper long before we had a venue. Coming from Texas, we had listened to his music. So we were thrilled when we first got the opportunity to have him here. When we answered the phone, Dana said his name and we said YAY! Truly, one of the joys of having a venue is brining music we love and loved before the venue to our Spring Lake stage! 

Cooper's lifelong passion & devotion to music began at age 2 in Kansas City. His father, George, was a huge influence. One of Dana's earliest memories is of his father taking him to the Calico Cat, popping a coin in the jukebox and listening to Dana sing along with Hank Williams & Ernest Tubb.

At age 20 a move to LA resulted in a record deal with Elektra Records where he recorded his first album with members of "The Section" Russ Kunkel and Leleand Sklar, as well as other luminary players Jim Horn, Al Perkins, Jim Gordon, Joe Osborne, and Lee Holdridge. This album still wins accolades today and was recently reissued on the Warner/Japan label.

After several years in California and a year recording in Seattle, Cooper moved to Texas where he wrote and performed with Shake Russell. They released several independent albums and one album for Southcoast/MCA.

Dana formed his own experimental bands, DC3, and Nuclear Family and released his first solo project "Complicated Stuff". In 1988 he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his songwriting career collaborating with other songwriters:

   Tom Kimmel          Sally Barris
   Don Henry              Pat Alger
   Hal Ketchum         Kim Carnes
   Josh Leo                Pierce Pettis
   Kim Richey            Allen Shamblin


His years as a Troubadour is measured by his impressive 28 Albums and Collection of Accolades:

  • In the Spirit of Folk Award from Folk Alliance International (2015)
  • Heritage Musician Award from The Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO (2014)
  • Veteran Recurring Performer at Kerrville Folk Festival
  • Best Male Songwriter Award Indie Acoustic Project, for Made of Mud (2005).
  • Best Record Award The Tennesseean, for Harry Truman Built a Road (2002)
  • Nashville Music Award Nomination Best Pop Album for Miracle Mile (1997)

Cooper's songs have been recorded by a variety of artists such as bluegrass singer Claire Lynch, Irish vocalist Maura O'Connell, Nashville songbird Jonell Mosser, as well as songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. His incredible catalogue and musical sensibilities have led to endorsements from AirPlay Direct and Elixir Strings.

With his upcoming CD "I Can Face the Truth" Cooper faces hard truths head on with humor and heartfelt expression. Joining forces with Co-Producer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Coleman the two enlisted some of the best songwriters, singers, and musicians from the US and Ireland. Collaborators in the studio include Tom Kimmel, Kim Richey, Jonell Mosser, Maura O'Connell, Brother Paul Brown, David Starr, and Gillian Tuite. Expect "I Can Face the Truth" to be Released Early 2022 with an expansive CD Release Tour to follow.

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