Dana Cooper - Roughly Speaking
  • 01 Walkin' Waste of Time (4:58)
  • 02 Soul Hesitation (4:17)
  • 03 I Had That Comin' (4:25)
  • 04 I See Danger (4:26)
  • 05 In Spite (3:52)
  • 06 Oklahoma Rodeo Queen (4:12)
  • 07 My Life In A Box (3:20)
  • 08 Future In My Fist (3:00)
  • 09 My Brave Love (5:00)
  • 10 Jubilation (4:15)
  • 11 Thinkin' Things Over (4:24)
  • 12 Fadeaway (4:10)
Biography
Contact :
Dana Cooper, (615) 438-3262
[email]DanaCooperMusic@gmail.com[/email]

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Roughly Speaking
Release Date: 1994

In 1994, while waiting for a recording project with Josh Leo to resume, I went into the studio in Texas to record a solo, live session. Many of the songs on Roughly Speaking wound up on the full band production Miracle Mile. I co-produced with Nick Carlton of No Mountain Studios in Midland Texas.

I flew back and forth from Nashville to Midland over a period o months. As soon as we mixed the project and were preparing to release it Josh contacted me. His major label projects were over for the time being and we began planning the Miracle Mile production.

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Recorded and Mixed by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton at No Mountain Studios, Midland TX
Photography by: Tim Campbell
Art Direction: Linda Lou Marks

Order of Songs on Roughly Speaking

1- Walkin' Waste Of Time (4:58)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date:[/b} 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal, Harmonica

About the song:

My aunt Jackie was a gentle, kind woman who happened to marry an abusive, cruel fellow. After years of unsuccessful attempts to escape her abuser and start a new life our family decided to intervene. My dad, George, along with my uncle Frank and myself delivered a message in person that brought an end to Jackie’s tormentor.

Walkin’ Waste of Time became a song about the liberation of the abused. Unlike many, the woman in the song manages to find the inner strength to break away.

2- Soul Hesitation (4:17)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

About the song:

Soul Hesitation began with a drum rhythm and a bass guitar line. While waiting to continue a recording project with Josh Leo I went in to the studio to record live versions of some of the songs we were considering.

3- I Had That Comin' (4:25)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

About the song:

This one explains itself. The age old story of taking love for granted, missing your water when the well runs dry. A humbling thing to realize and a humbling song to write.

4- I See Danger (4:26)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal, Harmonica

About the song:

This song, seemingly nonsensical in places, speaks to the foreboding of what’s to come from a toxic relationship. It sprang out of nowhere while jamming on an open G tuning. I had fun playing with the arrangement and going to some different places for me musically.

5- In Spite (3:52)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

About the song:

I wrote In Spite somewhere around 1976/1977 while living in Lawrence, Kansas for a brief time. A tempestuous love affair inspired it.

6-Oklahoma Rodeo Queen (4:12)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Drunk Eye Music, Bluewater Music, (BMI)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

About the song:

I was seventeen when I first visited Oklahoma and Texas. My friend and band mate, Stan Maples, somehow convinced my strict mother, Betty, to let me accompany him for a two week vacation to visit his family in Tulsa, Ardmore, and Wichita Falls Texas. Stan drove a red Rambler with an 8 track tape player. I had no license so Stan did all the driving. Along the way we listened to Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, Jim Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Taj Mahal, Iron Butterfly, and a host of other favorites.

On a side note, unbeknownst to me back then Stan was usually high on one thing or another. I just thought he was eccentric. Years later I got the news that Stan overdosed on heroin. A couple of years ago I rediscovered him on Facebook. He cleaned up, got married, raised a son, and became an art professor at a college in Springfield, Missouri, still alive after all.

We stayed a few days in Ardmore, Oklahoma with his grandmother. Her mantle was festooned with ribbons and trophies all won by Stan’s cousin who was a Barrel Racer and had competed in rodeos all over the west. She was riding in a rodeo which was staged at the Little League baseball park at the edge of town. Stan and I went downtown to watch the rodeo parade.

The local sheriff and a couple of ranchers dressed in their best jeans, shirts, and boots rode their horses up and down Main Street. The western wear store hauled a big Magnavox console onto the sidewalk and blasted Marty Robbins tunes while the riders made a few passes by. Then the crowd of folks who had gathered around all walked together the few blocks to the ball park. I was in awe of Stan’s cousin, her beauty and expertise as she navigated her horse through the maze of barrels and won another trophy.

Our summer adventure continued and I arrived home with an idea for a song about an Oklahoma Rodeo Queen. I wrote the song in my room upstairs and felt something had turned for me in a big way as a songwriter. I still perform Oklahoma Rodeo Queen in my live shows.


7- My Life In A Box (3:20)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

About the song:

My wife Linda was helping a friend of hers pack after her divorce. The woman looked at one of the boxes stuffed with photos and knick knacks and said “there’s my life in a box.” I thought of all the ways people compartmentalize and hide away aspects of their lives without even being aware of it. This song came to me during a time of big changes for me, musically and personally.

It was freeing to write. I began with the rhythm and built the melody from a bass part.

8- Future In My Fist (3:00)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal, Harmonica

About the song:

A friend of mine in Nashville began boxing when he was just a kid. Once when I asked him about his decision to step into the ring he said he realized early on that his future was in his fists. That stuck with me and eventually led to this song.

9- My Brave Love (5:00)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

About the song:

I wrote My Brave Love in the mountains of Virginia. It was a beautiful and melancholy spot where I stayed for a couple of days off the road. After a long phone conversation with my wife Linda I reflected on how much I had grown to take her for granted. All the challenges and defeats we had faced together through the years, all the things we had accomplished filled my thoughts.

I experimented with an open G tuning and found tender sounding chord formations that echoed the emotions I felt toward Linda. It became quite the musical adventure and I kept the lyric personal and true.


10- Jubilation (4:15)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

Jubilation is one of my earliest songs, written when I was 14. I first played it for Sister Mary Michon who thought me music at St. Mary’s High School. Over the years it took on a more pronounced Reggae feel.


11- Thinkin' Things Over (4:24)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper
Publishing & PRO: Dog Eared Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal, Harmonica

Wanted to write a song about thinking too much. Wanted to keep it simple and home spun. I had a bunch of fun playing with all the images and weaving in the philosophical.

12- Fadeaway (4:10)

Songwriter: Dana Cooper and Marlin Greene
Publishing & PRO: Drunk Eye Music, Bluewater Music, (SESAC)
Administered: Blue Water Music

Produced by: Dana Cooper and Nick Carlton
Release date: 1994

Musicians:
Dana Cooper: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

About the song:

Marlin Greene wrote this song with me while we were recording in Seattle 1974. I had the music and some lyrics but Marlin was a fountain of cool imagery. We finished it in an afternoon. Took many years to finally get it into the studio.


DANA COOPER BIOGRAPHY

Cooper’s lifelong devotion to music began at age 12, and by college age he was signed with Elektra Records. His first album was released in 1973, and included Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, and Jim Horn. After years in Kansas and California, Cooper moved to Texas where he wrote and performed with Shake Russell in the late 70s, as well as his own band, DC3, in the early 80s. In 1988 he moved to Nashville, TN and began collaborations with Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry.
 
His time as a troubadour can be easily measured in his impressive 28 albums and collection of accolades including, the Heritage Musician Award from The Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO (2014), “In the Spirit of Folk” award from Folk Alliance International (2015),  nomination to Kerrville Folk Festival’s Hall of Fame, Nashville Music Award’s “Best Pop Album” for Miracle Mile (1997), Tennesseean’s “Best Record” award for Harry Truman Built a Road (2002), and Indie Acoustic Project’s “Best Male Songwriter” award for Made of Mud (2005). His songs have been recorded by bluegrass singer Claire Lynch, Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell, 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 forty years of music to his name, Dana Cooper continues to enthrall audiences with his musical storytelling, impeccable wit, and poetic delivery. A true renaissance man, Cooper’s life experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aide, waiter, horticulturist, painter, and touring musician tell a deeply compassionate and honest tale that captures every audience. Cooper is currently on tour promoting his latest album Incendiary Kid.  
 
 
Fellow singer songwriter Buzz Holland says “Cooper is a person who can sing like an angel and play like the devil.”

Legendary Texas singer songwriter Eric Taylor said of Cooper’s performance at Kerrville Fall Festival 2015 “Dana Cooper gave the best solo performance I’ve seen and heard for many years. Could be the best I’ve ever.”


Festivals:

Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas)

Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival (N. Ireland)

Napa Valley Music Festival (California)

Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark)

Venues:

The Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)

The Cactus Café (Austin, TX)

Anderson Fair (Houston, TX)

Berlin Guitars (Berlin, Germany)

McCabe’s (Santa Monica, CA)

The Birchmere (Alexandria,VA)

Passim (Cambridge, MA)
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