Dana Cooper grew up outside of Kansas City, Missouri. In his teen years, he joined various bands. After high school, he moved to California and secured a record deal from Elektra. He recorded the album, toured, but was eventually dropped by the label.
Cooper ended up reconnecting with childhood friend Shake Russell and moving to Houston in 1978. He immediately began playing with Russell as a duo and with other performers Michael Marcoulier and John Vandiver. In 1983, he went out on his own and formed the new wave trio DC3.
By 1988, Cooper relocated to Nashville, where he still lives. He has continued releasing new music with a new album "Incendiary Kid" released in 2017.