Dana Cooper

Presented by Westside Folk

Gaslight Gardens

After growing up in Independence, Missouri (and becoming a regular performer in Kansas City clubs as a teenager), Dana Cooper abandoned an art scholarship, dropped out of college, and set off for Los Angeles, where he recorded his debut album for Elektra Records in 1973. He then migrated to Texas where, together with Shake Russell, led a folk-rock band that was one of the most popular Texas bands in the fertile music scene in the 70's and 80's and appeared on Austin City Limits. Subsequently, Dana focused on a songwriting career, and has been one of the leading lights of the Nashville music scene, with his songs recorded by the likes of Maura O'Connell, Trout Fishing in America, Jonell Mosser and Susan Werner, and has recorded a series of excellent solo albums as well, including his latest "Harry Truman Built a Road."

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