Troubadour Dana Cooper to perform Saturday

PORT TOWNSEND — Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music more than 40 years ago.

Tickets are $15 for Cooper’s performance, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Rainshadow Recording Studio on Battery Way, Fort Worden. A song poet, Cooper engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence, organizers said.

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 its 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 prolific endeavors have resulted in 28 albums.

“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.

For tickets, go to https://dcooper.brownpapertickets.com. For information, call 360-301-0291 or email centrumrecording@gmail.com.

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