Dana Cooper - Incendiary Kid
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Incendiary Kid
Released: 10/20/2017

Incendiary Kid is my third recording project with co-producer Thomm Jutz and it's my favorite so far. From the beginning Thomm and I planned on using only acoustic instruments in the production. I love the warmth and intimacy that all the musicians and singers brought to this recording. In the true sense this is a return to my roots. The themes range from the loneliness of childhood, friendship betrayed, agoraphobia, the ongoing experiment that is America, and our shared mortality.

Incendiary Kid features an incredible group of musicians and singers including the great bluegrass player Justin Moses, Andrea Zonn fresh from her tour with James Taylor, renowned singer Ingrid Graudins, and Nashville "go to" accordionist Jeff Taylor.

This began as a slow moving project. I had no real deadline in mind and was pleasantly surprised when Thomm Jutz informed me that Travianna Records was interested in releasing the album. It is heartening to have the support of a dedicated record label that believes in my work.

Musicians:
Dana Cooper-Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic and Resonator Guitar, Mandola
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Upright Bass
Andrea Zonn-Fiddle, Viola
Jeff Taylor-Accordion
Justin Moses-Dobro, Fiddle, Banjo
Ingrid Graudins-Vocals
Barbara Santoro-Vocals

Recorded and Mixed by-
Thomm Jutz at TJ Tunes, Nashville, TN
Produced by-Thomm Jutz and Dana Cooper
Mastered by-
Alex McCullough at True East Mastering, Nashville, TN
Photography-Dana Cooper and Linda Lou Marks
Graphic Design-Linda Lou Marks


Order of Songs on Incendiary Kid:

1-Flat Made Round (3:31)(Featured Track)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic Guitar
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Jeff Taylor-Accordion

The inspiration for this song came from a crude hand painted sign at a funky used tire store that said "We make flats round." I immediately thought, how philosophical. That was 18 years ago and it took almost that long to finish "Flat Made Round."

I must have written a dozen versions over the years but couldn't quite get it right. Then one day it all came into focus. I thought about books and films that inspire me enough to revisit them time and again throughout my lifetime. Oftentimes I catch myself wishing these books and movies could one day have a different ending. Next thing I knew King Kong, and Romeo and Juliette became actors in this little scenario.


2-Traveler Too (3:58)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Resonator Guitar and Mandola
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Jeff Taylor-Accordion
Ingrid Graudins and Barbara Santoro-Vocals

On several occasions my wife Linda and I encountered a homeless woman in the parking lot of a coffee house we frequent. This lady is probably in her late 60's and very shy. As we walked by her she asked timidly with her eyes downcast if we might have a dollar for a traveler.
I was moved deeply by her question. Over the next few months I wrote several verses but kept setting the song aside.
While attending Folk Alliance International where I was awarded the Spirit of folk Award in 2015, the direction of "Traveler Too" became clear. Watching the hundreds of songwriters and musicians gathered at the conference, thinking of all our lives of travel and endeavor to improve our art and further our careers, expanding this vision to all of us living in this world right now in this time and space, I was overwhelmed with inspiration to write a song of empathy and connectedness.


3-Bird or a Fish (3:40)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper and Linda Lou Marks
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music /Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic Guitar
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Andrea Zonn-Fiddle

My wife Linda once told me how she grew up across from the steel mills in Homestead PA. Her family of five lived in a small house and she wasn't allowed to have pets except for Goldfish and Parakeets. She said "you can't be friends with a bird or a fish" and we began writing this song. I always performed it a cappella which gave it a melancholy, lonesome feel. When I played "Bird or a Fish" for Thomm Jutz he suggested we arrange it for guitar, bass, drums, and fiddle. Thomm on guitar and Andrea Zonn on fiddle both brought soul and emotion to the song that just floors me.


4-Incendiary Kid (4:04)(Featured Track)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic Guitar
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Justin Moses-Dobro
Ingrid Graudins-Vocals

A group of Catholic school friends and I started a gang of sorts when we were eleven. We had a problem with authority, which meant everyone over the age of twelve. So we set about throwing water balloons and eggs and toilet paper rolls, graduating to firecrackers and cherry bombs. I had just turned thirteen when one night I decided to throw a cherry bomb on Harry Truman's front porch. I yelled "give 'em hell Harry" as the thing went off with a kaboom.

Luckily Harry and Bess were not home and there was no Secret Service assigned to retired presidents at the time. That changed the following year. After running off into the quiet, dark streets of Independence I eventually ran straight into a police car. The officer took me to the Jackson County Jail where I waited beside the front desk until my father came to retrieve me. Of course, dad was a huge Harry Truman fan and I never admitted to being the culprit who attempted to terrorize him.

Next morning I went to make restitution with another old gentleman for exploding one of his driveway lanterns with a cherry bomb that same night. He sat me down on his front porch and served me a glass of iced tea. He told me he had once done some rash things as a boy and only reported the shattered lantern to the police so he could file it with his insurance. That man's kindness kept me out of reform school and I remain grateful to this day. My life of hooliganism ended that day.

We lived in Tornado Alley back then and I was infatuated with thunderstorms. I would climb the highest hill to watch storms roll in. Many a time my mother, Betty, would wake my father, George, as he tried to sleep between shifts at the steel mill. She would send him to fetch me from being carried away in a funnel cloud. I would see dad trudging through the rain and wind, his wispy hair blowing, his shirt billowing, his face stern. He'd grumble and escort me back to the safety of our basement. Then he'd go back upstairs and fall sound asleep as the Venetian Blinds rattled and blew horizontally and my mom read from the Bible and hollered occasionally for him to come downstairs.

I concentrated even harder on songwriting and began going to the Catholic Youth Organization dances around Kansas City. There I met Juanita Cruz who danced with me nearly every weekend for a year. Juanita spoke little English and I spoke little Spanish, but we understood one another perfectly. We slow danced right in front of the watchful eyes of the Sisters of Mercy.

Then one night she didn't show up for a CYO dance. I later saw her on an escalator at Macy's Department Store. She was on the up escalator and I was on the down. We smiled at each other and she was gone. I rushed through the crowd and rode back up but couldn't find her again.


5-Summertime Woman (3:25)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic Guitar
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Justin Moses-Fiddle
[bJeff Taylor-Accordion

Driving home to Nashville one early summer day this song blew into my ear on a warm breeze from Lake Michigan. The lyric unfolded before me and the song was finished before I reached home. The 6/8 feel and the theme of the seasons represented by the woman I love all came easily. I just wanted to write something fun and danceable in the tradition of Country and Cajun mixed with a little Rock. Summertime Woman is just fun to sing and play.


]6-Maybe Tomorrow (2:32)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper and Michael Boesen
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music/Bluewater Music / SESAC / KODA
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Resonator Guitar

Michael Boesen was a dear friend to me and to many other American singer songwriters who travel and tour Denmark. Michael always joked that in return for being his house guest one was obliged to write a song with him. And I gladly did write with Michael on several occasions. Maybe Tomorrow was our last collaboration.

We talked at length about all kinds of things each time we wrote. One day our conversation led to a character who lives in self exile, unable to stand up and walk out his door. A frightened procrastinator who finds it impossible to grow out of his shell. A soul who keeps hoping that maybe tomorrow will be different. Michael and I both saw much of this character in ourselves and it was liberating to face up to it. I haven't been to Denmark since Michael Boesen's passing. I have a feeling his absence will be palpable.


7-My America (5:26)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic and Resonator Guitar
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Justin Moses-Mandolin
Andrea Zonn-Fiddle and Viola
Ingrid Graudins-Vocals

I love playing in open guitar tunings. Long ago I read somewhere about an old tuning where all the strings are tuned to E except for the B string. I'd written one song in this tuning and wanted to write at least another. I played an anthemic harmonic rhythm on the guitar and was immediately hooked on this strumming pattern. I'd sit for long periods of time just strumming and humming a melody hunting for what I wanted to say.

This went on for some months until I set out on a quest to write about what America is to me. I wrestled with too many ideas to cram into one song and it was frustrating. I would get too preachy or too nebulous and set the song aside in frustration. Then I concentrated on the dream of America, the struggle that so many people endure just to get a glimpse of the promised land. I wanted to write a song that would speak to the possibilities of our great experiment. The original E tuning was too high so I adjusted it all down to D.


8-Song of the West (3:40)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic Guitar
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Justin Moses-Banjo
Jeff Taylor-Accordion

Song of the West is one of the most personal songs on Incendiary Kid. I set out to write a funny, sarcastic song about a longtime, one-sided friendship. There are many inside jokes and references throughout. But as I got into it I realized this was going to be more complicated than planned. A whole lot of pretty deep stuff started coming up. Writing this song was cathartic and it helped me set myself free of years of disappointment and self loathing. Sometimes I'm blind sided and this was one of them.

In fact Song of the West is so personal that it took a few years until I played it for anyone. My wife Linda was the first to hear it and she asked me to play it again. Second time around she realized exactly what it was about and looked at me with tears in her eyes. Though I wrote the song from a very personal viewpoint I wanted it to have a universal voice.


9-Making a Killing (3:29)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic Guitar
Lynn Williams-Drums, Percussion
Dave Francis-Bass
Justin Moses-Banjo and Fiddle

Making a Killing came out of that open E tuning I used for My America. This tuning was used by quite a few Blues guitarists early on. I happened onto a funky bluesy riff one day and took off. I remember my father's generation wanted to make a living at a decent job, have a car that ran, a modest house to raise their family in. That notion of making a living became more about making a killing.

Again, I wanted to address some social issues like poverty, the care of the old, health care, Wall Street corruption, Corporate greed, and still leave you tapping your foot.


10-Dance Toward the Light (3:24) (Featured Track)

Songwriter:Dana Cooper
Publishing and PRO:
Dog Eared Music / Bluewater Music / SESAC
Administered by:Bluewater Music

Musicians:
Dana Cooper- Guitar, Vocals
Thomm Jutz-Acoustic Guitar
Ingrid Graudins and Barbara Santoro-Vocals

My mother, Betty, was about to turn 90 when I visited her on my way to attend Jimmy La Fave's tribute concert in Austin. Mom and I talked about what was to come for her, when she would come to live near us in Nashville. I was reminded of the first time she talked to me about mortality when I was about six years old.

I left mom's and drove to Austin where I sat in the balcony at the Paramount theater and listened to some of Austin's finest play Jimmy's songs. LaFave was in the audience but too ill to perform. at the end of the concert Jimmy's son wheeled his chair onto the stage. Jimmy led us all in a couple of choruses of Good Night Irene. The whole place was in tears. I sat in the balcony and watched everyone file out of the theater in a daze.

When I walked along the dark streets Dance Toward the Light came to me. I took it back to my mother and played it for her and she cried and smiled at the same time.

DANA COOPER BIOGRAPHY

Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the 2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.

At 12 he sang, played drums, guitar and harmonica in local bands. By 13 he began writing his own songs and at 16 he performed regularly at the prestigious Vanguard Coffeehouse in Kansas City. His deep love and commitment to a life of music drew Cooper away from an art scholarship. Cooper took to the road touring midwest college coffeehouses for one year then sold an electric guitar and his entire record collection to buy a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Four months later he was signed to Elektra Records where his eponymous first album was released in 1973. The record features such acclaimed players as Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Jim Horn.Years later he returned to San Francisco City College to study another great love, horticulture. Still he played whenever possible in clubs all over the Bay Area. Cooper’s diverse experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician continued to bring maturity and depth to his songwriting.

Cooper eventually moved to Texas writing, performing and recording with Shake Russell in the late 70s and with his own power trio, DC3 during the early 80s. Returning to his roots as a solo performer Cooper relocated to Nashville in 1988. He has become an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers such as Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin.

His prolific endeavors have resulted in 28 albums. The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year. Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year. Made of Mud released on King Easy Records in 2005 won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. Working with co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz, Cooper released his 27th album, Building a Human Being, in September, 2015.

The latest from the “powerhouse troubadour,” Dana Cooper. Incendiary Kid is Cooper’s 28th album and a continuation of his fantastic legacy of music. Recorded in Nashville, Incendiary Kid is a stellar collection of original music written by Cooper himself and features him on both vocals and guitar. The project is produced by Thomm Jutz and Dana Cooper. Guest artists appearing on the album include: Thomm Jutz, Andrea Zonn, Lynn Williams, Dave Francis, Jeff Taylor, Justin Moses, Ingrid Graudins and Barbara Santoro.

It’s because of Mr. Cooper’s engaging music and respected reputation among fellow musicians that Travianna Records jumped at the chance to release Incendiary Kid. The project's first single, "Summertime Woman" was released last month and is appearing on many playlists.

Kate Wallace of Trinity Backstage is absolutely correct when she says, “He's clever, deep, crafty, poetic, melodic, ironic and hilarious. In short — the best.”
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    oni Mitchell, Richard Thompson, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Buffy Sainte Marie
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