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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

What We Know Now/ the dreamsicles '04
The Dreamsicles/ the dreamsicles '03
Honor Among Thieves/ the sherpas '03
Out of the Blue/ tom prasada-rao '03
Gypsy Train/ cary cooper '02
Christmas in the Ashram/ tpr '98
Hear You Laughing/ tpr '97
The Way of the World/ tpr '94
Incoming/ tpr (produced by Mark Heard) '92

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"cleverly-worded pop confections that swiftly live up to the pair's billing..." mike joyce, the washington post

tom prasada-rao and cary cooper are playing to standing ovations and tallying record breaking CD sales after touring together for only a year. their second album WHAT WE KNOW NOW (love songs for grown ups) picks up where their self-titled debut left off. like their live shows, it's two voices and a guitar - honest, vulnerable and sassy. the dreamsicles aren't afraid to laugh at themselves or to wear their hearts on their sleeves, and they open the door for their audiences to do the same.
this texas duo mixes it up from the hilarious ballad Making Love to the spiritually poignant Worthy. at the end of a set, audiences clamor for the four song Quadrilogy, recounting their own stories about fathers, telling their kids about the birds and bees, white girls rapping, and that's just the beginning!
'cary's lithe veil-like vocals with tom's warm silky baritone are a perfect combination. while not your grandmother's folk music, it's great for all occasions."
Michael Terry, Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse

Tom Prasada-Rao:
"if ritchie havens and gil scott heron had a love child it would be tom prasada-rao"
Damien, wrnr, 103.1 fm annapolis md

"nothing sets prasada-rao apart from the coffeehouse competition as engagingly as his affection for soul music."
Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

tom is known as a musician's musician. he's sold over 20 thousand copies of his five solo albums - thousands more if you count the dreamsicles (with cary cooper) and the sherpas (with tom kimmel and michael lille).

"brilliant writer, amazing performer, sensational singer. i'm so jealous i could vomit."
Christine Lavin

his inclusive live shows, his rhythmic guitar style, and songs like "sleeping beauty" have won him numerous awards, including the kerrville new folk award, and over a dozen wammies (washington area music awards).

tom was born in ethiopia of indian parents, educated in the us, england and india, and occasionally plays the sitar, piano and violin along with his breedlove guitar. and he's almost forgiven his violin teacher for banging her baton the music stand every time she heard a wrong note. because there are none anymore.

"tom is the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre as i've seen in a long time."
Jim Bessman of Billboard Magazine

Cary Cooper:
"when listening to new artists, you have to shuck a lot of oysters to find a pearl, and i found a pearl in cary cooper."
Paul Barker, Barker House Concerts

"stealing the show was the dreamsicles' cary cooper whose duets with tom prasada-rao were some of the best i've ever heard. it's as if their voices were destined to meet - two people connecting soul to soul."
Bryn Benson, On the Map Concerts

most audiences who hear cary for the first time aren't prepared for how quickly she steals their heart. born and raised in texas, and the mother of two young girls, she has been writing songs all her life.

though new to the folk world, cary is not new to performance. with 14 years of dance training, and high school and college cheerleading under her belt, she left texas for l.a. to be part of a prestigious dance team that also featured paula abdul, teri hatcher and tina landon (janet jackson's choreographer).

after hearing nanci griffith, cary put down her pom poms, picked up a guitar, and in '02 released her first album entitled Gypsy Train (leading to her partnership with TPR). but playing coffeehouses doesn't mean she's shaken her roots. and once you've seen cary cooper, you'll wonder how folk music survived without this cheerleader for so long.

"one word: she's fan-f%$#&ing-tastic!!!"
Alan Rowoth, internet guru

the dreamsicles have been writing a lot together and traveling even more. something unexpected happens when you fall in love mid-life. you laugh harder at the funny parts, you wring out every last tear and you work like hell to stay together.
that's what the dreamsicles sing about -
that's what they know now.