LINDA SUSSMAN is a New York-based songwriter (solo/band) whose music crosses lines of alt-folk and blues and whose songs span universal themes such as love and heartache, triumphs and social justice. Linda's vocals are reminiscent of Joan Baez and shades of Joni Mitchell and are backed by her strong rhythm and fingerpicking guitar styles (with a touch of slide).
Linda's music can be heard internationally, on stations across the US, UK, Europe, Israel and elsewhere. In its first week of release (Feb 13, 2021), Linda's newest album, These Walls, ranked #7 on the Roots Music Report's Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart (2/27/21) and #9 on the RMR's Top 50 Folk Album Chart (across all folk sub-genres). Her Pass It On Down album of 2019 is #21 (top 200 chart) on the Roots Music Report (RMR)'s "Best in Contemporary Folk in 2020" and #38 on the same chart in 2019.
Linda's social justice track "Join Hands" (from album These Walls) was met with stellar reviews in Nov 2020 when it was first released as a single in advance of the full These Walls album and ranked #1 on RadioGuitarOne's Folk Channel Top 20 chart (1/7/21):
"Both a rallying cry and an uplifting anthem for our times, this is music you need
to hear" — Ron Cooke, KTAL host
"Sussman takes us on a powerful journey with JOIN HANDS. Now more than ever we need
messages like this" — Luke Wolk, RadioGuitarOne
Typically touring as a solo artist, back at home Linda also performs with any combination of her stellar band, the Linda Sussman Collective (many of whom are also Linda's studio musicians, including Mike Nugent, Mark Mancini, and Richie Guerrero). She has shared her music over the years at a wide range of venues, inspiring audiences to sing along on her hard-driving, relationship-rebuilding song "Layer Me Up," groove to her "Tomorrow Blues" tune, check in at a personal level on "Pass It On Down" or "These Walls," have a bit of old-time blues fun in "My Baby" or step away from the daily news in "Let’s Just Boogie." Her 2021-released album, THESE WALLS, is a compilation of 11 new originals (half blues, half alt-folk) and reflects on life from within "these walls" during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IN THE BEGINNING...Linda has deep musical roots, starting from a very young age playing the recorder, then accordion and clarinet, before realizing her voice was another instrument. Enter the guitar ... and the rest is history!
Linda's early performing days (high-school years in the NYC borough of Queens) were filled with singing covers (Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs and others) and playing a 12-string guitar in coffeehouses, which at the time were plentiful! Linda is self-taught on guitar and currently loves to explore songwriting in a variety of open tunings. Her early vocal training came by way of singing with NYC's prestigious All City Chorus (a competitive audition chorus with selections from across all five NYC boroughs).
During her college years, Linda fronted a successful folk-rock band, SILVER SHADOW, which played multiple venues regularly in the tristate Binghamton, NY area. After college, Linda formed the all-women trio CHOICE (flute/piano, jazz guitar, acoustic guitar), with Linda carrying acoustic guitar and vocals. CHOICE had a good number of years together, playing a diverse array of venues across NYC and Long Island. Linda credits her time with CHOICE for helping her to emerge as a songwriter. CHOICE disbanded when the group's pianist/flutist moved out of state...and then there were two: Sussman & Rodrigues! The duo had a great number of years playing shows (mix of covers and Linda's originals) in the NY metro area, including select NYC festivals.
Linda eventually went out on her own as a singer-songwriter, which included a steady gig at the iconic Kenny's Castaways on Bleecker Street, in the heart of NYC's West Village. Many years later, Linda found herself back on Bleecker Street at another iconic venue, The Bitter End, auditioning solo and then taking the stage numerous times with her backing band (Linda Sussman Collective).
Since early 2018, Linda has released three full-length albums in four years and looks forward to "life after COVID" when she can be back out there playing gigs live!
Influences: Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton and Holly Near, among many others!
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