The Wake Forest Listening Room

An Evening with Dana Cooper

All Ages
Friday, August 01
Doors: 6:45pm Show: 7:30pm

“Dana has a poet’s eye for beauty & detail, a blue’s man’s soul, and a songbird’s gift. He is remarkable.” Hayes Carll

“The album (The Ghost of Tucumcari) is 5 star Grammy material.” Shake Russell

“He leaves us thinking, as only the best songwriters do.” Jim Hynes – Glide Magazine 

“Blown Away. The Title Cut! What can I say but “Meow.”  Marilyn Rea Beyer  WFMT

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.

Over his 50+ year career, Cooper has amassed a catalog of 30+ albums and continues to tour actively. He is set to release his highly anticipated 32nd studio album, “The Ghost of Tucumcari”, on May 17, 2024. Featuring an All-Star lineup of guest artists, the album marks a major achievement for the veteran musician. Artists lending their voices to this project are Lyle Lovett, Hayes Carll, Susan Gibson, Mando Saenz, Darden Smith, Shake Russell, Libby Koch and more.

“The Ghost of Tucumcari” takes listeners on a stirring musical journey across genres from Folk and Rock to Country and Americana. His critically acclaimed 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.

“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.

During his years as a Troubadour, Dana has received many Accolades:

In the Spirit of Folk Award – Folk Alliance International
Heritage Musician Award – Pilgrim Center for the Arts Kansas City
Best Male Songwriter Award – Indie Acoustic Project
Best Record – The Tennesseean
Nashville Music Award Nomination – Best Pop Album
Veteran of the Kerrville Folk Festival

His 2022 Release, “I Can Face The Truth” Charted on 5 different Radio Charts- Americana, Indie Folk, Alt Folk, Alt Country & Roots & 3 Best of Year End Charts for 2022.”I Can Face The Truth” Ranked #22 on “Top Albums for 2022” Chart from Americana Highways Listeners – Ranking HIGHER than these amazing artists- Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile, Tom Petty, Patty Griffin, Kris Kristofferson.

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