LINDA SUSSMAN is a Long Island, NY-based singer/songwriter whose music blurs the lines of contemporary folk and blues. With vocals reminiscent of Joan Baez infused with shades of Joni Mitchell and a strong fingerpicking guitar style with a touch of slide, Linda delivers her songs straight from the heart — honoring the human spirit, celebrating triumphs, rallying for justice, and some just for fun.
Linda 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 Truckload of Blues tune, check in at a personal level on The Change, and at times step away from the daily news in Let’s Just Boogie. Linda typically tours as a solo artist, though back at home she also performs with any combination of her five-piece band, the Linda Sussman Collective.
Most recently and while isolating during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Linda began recording her next album (release expected early 2021) and shared two tracks in advance as singles: Join Hands and Sounds. Both are songs of social justice and will be available across all streaming sites starting November 1, 2020. In an advance review of Join Hands, DJ host Ron Cooke (KTAL) called it "both a rallying cry and an uplifting anthem for our times...music you need to hear." And DJ host Luke Wolk (Radio Guitar One) noted, "Linda takes us on a powerful journey...now more than ever we need messages like this." Both tracks will be on Linda's next album.
Linda’s 2019 Pass It On Down album has steadily been on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Charts since mid-August 2019 and is listed on the RMR's Best of 2019 Contemporary Folk Albums chart! (Additional RMR stats on Linda's website homepage.) Linda’s music can be heard on radio programs across the US, as well as in the UK, Canada, Europe, and Israel.
Also in 2019, Linda was one of the nine "All-American Voices" who recorded with singer-songwriter Hank Stone on his single This Is My Country, a powerful song of immigrant rights.
In January 2020, Linda added a new musical program, "3 Women's Musical Journeys," in collaboration with singer-songwriters Annie Mark and Janice Buckner. The program debuted to a sold-out audience hosted by the Northport Arts Coalition in cooperation with the Northport–East Northport Public Library on Long Island, NY.
Pass It On Down, released in May 2019, delivers 10 original tracks in the blues, folk, and folk-rock traditions. As on her previous CD, Linda is joined by stellar musicians from the Linda Sussman Collective and beyond. This latest collection is sure to make you sing along, sway and even boogie!
Rapid Fire, a single track released in early 2019, was inspired by the Parkland students' activism and March for Our Lives movement. This song squarely lays our archaic gun laws at the feet of our government, while the refrain "We shall rise for peace" weaves its way through the melody as a rally for hope and a call for action.
Every Road, released in 2018, is a mix of 11 original tracks with lyrics that touch hearts and open minds. If you're looking for a good dose of social justice and heart-opening songs, then this CD is for you!
These three projects were recorded on Linda's indie label, Sing Out Proud Music, and co-produced with lead guitarist Mike Nugent at Mike's Melts In Your Ears recording studio. Mixing was done by Kevin Kelly at The Workshoppe East.
Influences: Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton and Holly Near, among many others!
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