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New Album “Now & Again” March 2023

From the Press release:

“Dana Perry Releases One Hefty F_@#ing Album”

Dana Perry’s music is a bit like if someone gave the Tasmanian Devil a guitar and then
told him to go find himself — while her lyrics often lean into self-empowerment,
acceptance and the general nitty gritty of life, her hands can most accurately be
described as a very controlled, intentional tornado of beauty and badassery.

This will be on display more than ever in Perry’s upcoming album, Now & Again. Not
only are there five new songs (“hot outta the brain oven,” in Perry’s words), but she has
also re-recorded previously released music to create a collection that’s “fierce, soothing,
and fiercely soothing.” Including songs from former band Imaginary Watermelon as well as music from past DIY albums, Perry is serving a diverse musical charcuterie board. The award-shrouded singer/songwriter describes Now & Again as “an absolute laundry pile. Comfy worn songs washed and freshly line-dried, plopped and bundled with brand new tapestries of musical musings.”

The 12-song album also features some of the Madison area’s best, with Jenna Joanis,
Dan Kennedy, Matthew Lesniak, Kelly Hepper, Leah Schultz, and M Shays and members of The
Earthlings all leaving their marks. Recorded and mixed at Audio for the Arts, it’s a
Madison music fan’s dream.

With that said, Now & Again isn’t the kind of album to be thrown on in the background
— at least not the first time. Arguably warranting a warning on the cover, these Dana
Perry tunes may cause “swirling brain matter, hyperactive thought streams on
existentialism, radical self-acceptance, an impatience for the stagnant, [and] an
uncontrollable urge to take up space.” Simply put, Now & Again is one hefty fuckin’

The release show for Now & Again will be from 5-8 p.m. on March 26, 2023 at Red
Rooster. Paired with local bands Cruisin Round and Uncle JIM, there will be absolutely
nowhere better to get your groove on on a Sunday — don’t miss this one.

(by Mackenzie Moore)


New Video! Check out the official music video for “Kill the Rock Star”, starring Lucky Vita ❤

This video was an absolute blast to make! Such love and Gratitude to for everyone involved ❤

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All Come Outta This – One Year Later

When the pandemic shut-downs were first happening, there was a wonderous virtual meeting of songsmiths gathered to create a song of hope. As a message from musicians to the music community, “All Come Outta This” was created virtually, and was released with an accompanying collage video of musicians in quarantine…


As the Madison music scene was opened back up and county emergency orders were being lifted, what better way to celebrate the anniversary of this song than to gather in person to re-record and do a live video? Here’s the brand new video, “All Come Outta This – One Year Later”

featuring Kevin Mason, Kelly Hepper, Meggie Shays, Jenna Joanis, Travis Ziegler, and Dan Kennedy. Audio by Warm Glow Studios, video by Folk U Productions

This video was SO much fun to make! Wanna check out another BRAND NEW video of a song from the new album? Check out “If You’re Here, I’m Here” in the videos tab!

Tunes on the Battlefield – *COMING JUNE 5th 2021*

killer sketches by Julia Lichty

from the press release…

“…The appropriately-named collection of songs – the bulk of which written in 2020 during the pandemic shutdowns – boasts not only Perry’s powerhouse vocals and signature guitar thump, but a stellar pack of session musicians that provide warm depths and righteous grooves.

Written out of need to cope with the state of the world – and with the state of the local music scene during the pandemic – Tunes on the Battlefield invites us all to give in. The collection as a whole is a cocktail of pent-up hopes, fears, and tears; followed up with a shot glass full of Love and hope. It gives permission to be at least a little pissed off, then holds you while you weep about everything. Songs like ‘Dimensions’ and ‘If You’re Here, I’m Here’ speak to that ever-present sense of disconnection that calls for a firm hug and good long cry. Then songs like ‘Fingers in My Ears’ and the album’s title track ‘Tunes on the Battlefield’ will give you a sleeve to wipe away the tears, pull your pants up, tie your boots on tight, and help get your game face on…”

*Get the album HERE*

Virtual Venue Love Fest 2021

A day-long, online music festival to benefit our beloved Madison music venues ❤

“This year, Valentine’s day is going to be extra sweet and full of love for Madison’s local music venues! Four stages, five studio production teams, and twelve local bands and artists will all be teaming up together for a day-long virtual music festival in hopes of raising funds for dozens of local music spots that have been impacted by the state of things over the last year. Artists like Kat & The Hurricane, Old Soul Society, Dana & The Joanis, Kevin Mason, People Brothers Band, and more will be streaming live and “on location” from the stages themselves at Bos Mead Hall, Communication, Cafe Coda, and The Bur Oak. Madison music lovers will be able to donate and watch some of their favorite local bands playing on some of their favorite stages – on either Facebook or YouTube – all day long, 12-9PM. It’s already shaping up to be one of the coolest virtual collabs yet!”

2020 MAMA Awards Winner!

Well hey! We got some awards of Love at the 2020 Virtual MAMA Awards this year! Folk/Americana Performer of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year for my EP “Kill the Rockstar”, and “Dana & The Joanis” won for Unique Artist of the Year. A great big huge hug-n-a-thank-you goes out to the MAMA and to those in the community that voted and donated dollars to the cause ❤

Cargo Music Live Stream Concert Series – On Location

Running all things musical at Cargo Coffee East has been great fun for me for over a year now. As much as it hurts my heart that we can’t have in-person shows right now, I’m so very excited to be bringing about the Cargo Music Live Stream Concert Series – On Location! We’ve been inviting the Artists to live stream from our little blue corner stage at Cargo. I’ve been learning about live streaming through OBS, working with 4 cameras and my fun little video switcher, and getting great doses of live music. Hopefully we can have an in-person audience some day soon, but for now we can tune in on Saturdays to catch some of Madison’s favorite local musicians. We’ve also got our own Cargo Music YouTube channel now!

From “Cargo Music Live Stream – On Location with Dana & The Joanis”

The 2020 MAMA Award nominations are in! Go HERE to vote.

Lullaby Project Carnegie Hall

The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities. Extending across the country and around the world, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities…”

Here in Madison, our Lullaby Project crew got to work with mothers through Harambee Village, an amazing group of Black doulas providing support and care for Black mothers. We worked with 5 moms on writing a song for their babies, and the whole Experience was just beautiful. Being able to help a mother express her Love through song…watching the kids dancing and singing along…being around the warrior strength of new mothers, the wisdom and guidance of Black women…seeing the absolute dedication and passion of Harambee Village…they didn’t say in the paperwork I was gonna cry so much…

– Dana

Angela Puerta and Dana – Lullaby Project Madison – “Sleep Little Rosie”

A Quarantine Virtual Collaboration

“…we’re gonna sit right here ’til we all come outta this…”

The covid crisis stormed in and slapped us all with a cold hard calloused hand. People all over the world sick and dying…businesses forced to close…people forced to say in their homes…no touching…no hugging…no gathering for music… all of it breaking my soul.

I wanted to create a song to help get the feels out and give me a sense of hope and Connection to my music tribe while we’re all going through this. A very rare move on my part, I reached out to some other killer songwriters I know; whose music speaks elements of Truth, and could help me say it. Together we created something beautiful and healing, and it gives me hope.

– Dana


New video

It’s Only Water – Kill the Rock Star EP

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