October 12th, 2022 7pm Stage 3
Cliff’s dad introduced him to the guitar when he was 7 and he quickly taught himself to play. He cut his teeth listening to James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt at local clubs — but also Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart.
Cliff moved to New York in 1978 - because the clubs were great (the Bitter End, the Speakeasy, Kenny's Castaway, Folk City) and the company amazing (John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Julie Gold, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, and Shawn Colvin). Between long hours as a taxi driver, Cliff played guitar on the road with Richie Havens, Melanie and sang jingles for Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet ("The Heartbeat of America" campaign).
In 1990 Cliff's song "My Father's Shoes," appeared on Windham Hill's Legacy collection, leading to a deal with the label. They released Cliff's first album, The Long Road (1990), a work featuring a duet with Richie Havens. The critical response to this debut was incredible (The Philadelphia Inquirer called the album a "repeatedly astounding collection"). He followed with two more records on Shanachie before releasing 12 Songs of Good and Evil (1997) on Red House Records. Cliff recorded two more albums before his critically acclaimed The High Above and the Down Below, named the #5 album of 2007 by USA Today. Produced by Red House Records president Eric Peltoniemi, it was recorded in Minneapolis with noted jazz players Gordy Johnson, J. T. Bates and Rich Dworsky and was his first album after spending several years recovering from a car accident.
In 2020 to present, Cliff performed and taught songwriting virtually during the pandemic for various clubs and fundraisers and post-Covid, Cliff looks forward getting back to touring the U.S. playing dozens of shows a year, teaching songwriting workshops/camps and producing other artists’ CDs.
In 2021, Cliff released a new album of original songs, “Knew Things”, to critical acclaim and wide-spread Folk and Public radio airplay. The single, “All the Things I Left Behind” and “Room in the City” are stand out tracks.
Louise Mosrie grew up in McEwen, TN on a cattle farm - riding horses and writing poetry. She began writing songs after college while working in TV/radio in Knoxville. Her early work was pop and folk with a nod to Everything But the Girl and The Sundays. She moved back to the Nashville area in 2004 and began co-writing with country, bluegrass and folk artists and writers. Louise had a major creative breakthrough in 2007 when she had a fortuitous co-writing session with famed Americana producer/writer, Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams). They wrote the song, "Doubling Back", for a documentary film by IU film department head, Ron Osgood, called “My Vietnam, Your Iraq” which was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.
Influenced by writers like Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams and Emmy Lou Harris, in 2008, she began recording the album "Home". The album is a mix of bluegrass, country and folk and as she weaved in lush stories and songs about southern life - she was even introduced once as “…William Faulkner with a guitar”. With those songs, she entered some song contests connected to festivals and ended up winning top songwriting awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. “Home” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2010 and #11 for the year. In 2011, another of her songs, “Leave Your Gun”, was used for a documentary film called “Heading Back Home” about the Battle of Franklin in the Civil War. Her song, “Battle of Blair Mountain” was used by NPR on a story of the 100 year anniversary in August 2021.
She is currently working on songs for a new album (as always) to be released in 2022.
Join us for a great Night of Music from Dana Cooper. Dana is a Poetic & Powerful Indie Folk/Americana Songwriter from Nashville known for his storytelling & musicianship. He will be performing New Songs- from his NEW CD- as well as Old Favorites
Dana Cooper has had a vast career. Starting with his 1st self-titled Release on Elektra Records. His studio band consisting of legendary players- Leeland Sklar & Russ Kunkel. Dana is known for insightful storytelling & songwriting, as well as his impressive guitar and harmonica playing.
During his years as a Troubadour, Dana has received many Accolades including:
- In the Spirit of Folk Award
- Heritage Musician Award
- Best Male Songwriter Award- Indie Acoustic Project
- Best Record- The Tennesseean
- Nashville Music Award Nomination Best Pop Album
He has also collaborated with Many Established Artists Lyle Lovett, Tom Kimmel, Don Henry, Maura O'Connell, Sally Barris, Susan Werner, Kim Richey, Hal Ketchum, Pierce Pettis, Kim Carnes to name a few.
With his Latest CD Release "I Can Face The Truth", Dana faces hard truths head on with humor and heartfelt expression. Release Date- February 18, 2022.