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Harry Truman Built A Road

by Dana Cooper

Rootsy, eclectic, acoustic driven singer songwriter with poetic, intelligent lyrics.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bony Man
4:32 album only
2. Harry Truman Built A Road
4:07 album only
3. Rise Up Lazarus
4:18 album only
4. Full Blown Rose
4:00 album only
5. You Will Be All Right
3:32 album only
6. My Brave Love
4:31 album only
7. I Am
4:04 album only
8. Half A Heart
3:23 album only
9. Four Laps Around The World
4:03 album only
10. Holy Man
4:37 album only
11. The Moon Ain't Been Hung Yet
2:30 album only
12. Rainy Day Dog
4:12 album only
13. Future In My Fist
2:55 album only
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Album Notes
Dana Cooper's CD "Harry Truman Built A Road" was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean in Nashville and selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of it's top 12 DIY records of that year.

This powerful collection of 13 original songs takes a turn toward Americana featuring Cooper's driving acoustic guitar style and exceptional harmonica. This veteran performer with over 16 recordings to his credit is widely known as a songwriter's songwriter.

Critics rave about "Harry Truman Built A Road"

"One of the finest singer-songwriters in town, period. On his latest album, "Harry Truman Built A Road, poetic lyrics resonate with depth and brilliance while his smooth, acoustic folk-pop shines with exceptional harmonica and guitar playing." The Rage

"Cooper writes with depth and brilliance, reciting simple, poetic phrases with a warm reassuring tenor. An exceptional batch of acoustic folk songs...innovative, eclectic and unforgettable." Heather Johnson, Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Dana is one of my favorite popsters in Nashville. Whatever you call him, he's an extraordinary writer and an eternally gripping performer. You need this music in your life."
Robert K. Oermann, Music Row



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Kathy Nichols

Dana Cooper Built a Road
This CD represents one of the most recent sections of freeway that Dana Cooper has built in his long career as a singer/songwriter and recording artist. It's not surprising that Dana would choose to write about Harry Truman in the song "Harry Truman Built a Road". After all, Truman was president when Dana was born and they both come from the same geographical area. The poetic lyrics take us on a trip down the symbolic road that Harry Truman built, then traveled by Dana's father, and ultimately by Dana himself. If you were to strip away the lyrics and listen only to the music as if it were a symphony you would hear strength and determination countered by longing and regret. Therein lies the true genius of Dana Cooper. Where most songwriters are doing well if they can attach simple lyrics to a simple melody, Dana's songs communicate on a complex level literally, symbolically, and musically. I have seen Dana perform live numerous times over the years - and although he's only human like the rest of us, just being in his presence is like traveling back in time and shaking hands with Mozart. His level of genius is something that I have not witnessed before in my lifetime and I am admittedly in awe of it. His song "Rise Up Lazarus" reminds us all that miracles can still happen even in an atmosphere of cynicism and skepticism. The rest of the songs are a smorgasbord of style and content that Dana has clearly mastered. If you really want to appreciate the musical and songwriting talents of Dana Cooper don’t just buy this CD – buy every commercial recording he has ever made, beginning in 1973 and up to the present. What you’ve probably heard so far is just the tip of the iceberg. Hear it all and prepare to be blown away!