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Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

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Beyond a Song: Dana Cooper (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Dana_cooper_1_prx__240x240_small DANA COOPER (Part 1): PUBLISHED ON PRX 5 / 20 / 2022 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUBREAL TO REELS RECORDING STUDIO, AND VISITBLOOMINGTON.COM   

Beyond a Song host Rich Reardin interviews Nashville singer/songwriter Dana Cooper. 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, Rebecca Folsom, and Gillian Tuite. Expect I Can Face the Truth to be Released Early 2022 with an expansive CD Release Tour to follow.

Musical selections include: 
Always Old Friends, I Can Face the Truth, Maybe Tomorrow, My America, Laughing And Crying, Human Kind, Ours For A Little While


For more information, visit: BEYOND A SONG.COM

Musicians in their own words (Series)

Produced by David Schulman

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Chris Foreman at the Green Mill

From David Schulman | Part of the Musicians in their own words series | 04:21

Img_2094_small Chris Foreman plays every Sunday in Church. And every Friday, he's at Chicago's legendary Green Mill — playing the funky Hammond B3 organ in a nightspot that used to be a favorite of Al Capone.