The Martha Bassett Show

Dear Darling / Dana Cooper / falllift

Thu, Jun 15, 2023
The Reeves Theater & Cafe

Dear Darling


Dear Darling is more than a blissful salutation.Dear Darling is the nom de plume of the Sacramento-based trio of Natalie Hagwood (cello and voice), Casey Lipka (bass and voice) and Hannah Jane Kile (guitar and voice). Together, their joyous meld of jazz, folk, classical and pop delivers a fresh new sound that is being recognized both locally and nationally.

Happenstance and the Covid lockdown brought the three “Darlings” together in late 2019. Casey Lipka and Hannah Jane Kile immediately bonded after the two met while performing in the thriving Sacramento music scene. Natalie Hagwood and Casey Lipka joined forces after Lipka hired Hagwood sight unseen for a gig and realized the duo’s undeniable chemistry. At Lipka’s suggestion, the three women met, and Dear Darling became a reality.

Dear Darling’s uplifting vocal harmonics echo Joni Mitchell and the Laurel Canyon sound of the late ‘60s. Augmented with classical instrumentation fused with modern day messaging that encourages empowerment and inner strength, Dear Darling put a distinctively feminine spin on the Americana music form.

With the arrival of 2022, the accolades and milestones continue. The new year begins on an auspicious note with the release of Dear Darling’s first album, Believe. Lush harmonies propel the title track that speaks to the importance of faith and self-love. “Always,” another standout track, serves as a heartfelt lullaby professing a mother’s enduring love for her child. Believe will be available for purchase in March 2022 via the band’s website,

March 2022 marks another hallmark moment for the group. After an extensive competition, Dear Darling was selected to perform as one of three opening acts for the 14th annual Cayamo Sixth Man Soundcheck Festival, a 7-day Caribbean cruise featuring Americana artists Emmy Lou Harris, Punch Brothers, the Indigo Girls, and Grace Potter.As the trio sing in their track “Way Deep Down,” “the seed will not grow if you keep it from the ground.” With angelic harmonies as billowy as clouds, and a reputation for live performances that continues to bloom, Dear Darling is firmly planted to move from critical “darlings” to mainstream audiences.

And that’s no small feat for a trio whose jazz-folk vision is unique to the contemporary music

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Dana Cooper


Dana Cooper is a Poet, Storyteller & Songwriter from Nashville. Dana's mixture of flat-picking, finger picking, and percussive strumming is "Legend Among Other Guitarists." His harmonica playing is equally impressive. As one critic noted, "he sings like an angel and plays like the devil." His Latest CD "I Can Face The Truth" charted on 5 Radio Charts including Americana, Indie Folk, Alt Folk, Alt Country & Roots. 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

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Steven Hall (Swim in the Wild) and Micah Cottingham (MICVH) began co-writing music in the fall of 2020. After an unexpected quarantine allowed for a boost in creativity, the two decided their side project should go full-time, coming together to form falllift. Both members boast an impressive resume of multi-instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, and producers. 

Spending the better half of a decade traveling the world, Micah brings her life experience to the duo while Steven brings balance with his deep seeded North Carolina roots. The combination blends authenticity and refreshing honesty into a modern sound. Drawing inspiration from the experiences in life that connect each and every one of us, falllift aims to leave their audience with an air of community, comfort, and hope.  

The two are currently recording their debut EP in Nashville and it’s expected to release in 2022.

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Season sponsored by
  • Bowen Town & Country Furniture
  • ICON
  • Mast
  • Buckeye Advisors
  • Sponsor
  • Atrium Health - Wake Forest Baptist
  • Explore Elkin
  • G&B Energy
In partnership with
  • Lowes Foods
  • Piedmont Opera
  • The Carolina Experience
  • Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
  • Reeves Theater
  • Historic Elkin
  • WFDD
  • ElectroMagnetic Radiation Recorders