Linda Sussman is a Huntington, NY-based singer/songwriter who brings a unique sound to the alt-folk (contemporary folk / folk-rock) and blues traditions. She is widely recognized for her strong vocals, sophisticated songwriting, and accomplished fingerstyle guitar playing. Linda's songs honor the human spirit, rally for social justice, celebrate personal triumphs, and others are just for fun.
To her credit are four full-length CDs of original music (Pass It On Down , Every Road , Fly Away , Breathe Easy ), as well as the single Rapid Fire (2019), which KTAL DJ Ron Cooke refers to as
"a velvet glove, beautiful and powerful at the same time."
After a 10-year hiatus (2005–2015) from the music scene while caring for family members, Linda has re-emerged at full strength and commitment to her art. Numerous songs from Pass It On Down and Every Road continue to receive radio play across the U.S., as well as in the U.K. and Europe, with five(!) of the ten songs on Pass It On Down ranking #9 to #15 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Contemporary Folk Song Chart, the album itself ranking #14 on the RMR Top 50 Contemporary Folk Album Chart, and several songs from the album ranking high on RadioGuitarOne's
Top 20 Folk Cuts chart.
About her music, Linda notes: "My songwriting follows my values in life:
peace, love and understanding, though most likely achieved in
Linda began touring as a solo artist in 2019, though in the NY-metro area she can be heard both solo and with her band, Linda Sussman Collective, including periodic gigs at NYC's iconic music venue The Bitter End.
Linda's two most recent CDs were recorded on her indie label, Sing Out Proud Music , and were co-produced with Mike Nugent.
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!
Linda has performed extensively over the course of many years, including The Bitter End, the People's Voice Cafe, and a steady gig at Kenny's Castaways back in the days of the NYC Village folk music scene.
"Linda Sussman makes music worth listening to. Her songs are timely, insightful and presented with passion and conviction. She makes the personal universal and the universal personal."
— Ron Cooke, KTAL radio DJ (program: Music They Don't Want
You to Hear) (5/8/18)
“Good old-fashioned singer/songwriter values…stylishly couched in an
all-embracing musical idiom that appealingly combines elements of folk, west-coast folk-rock, alt-country and Americana.”
— David Kidman, FATEA Music Magazine UK (9/4/18)
"Sussman’s [Every Road] CD has eleven songs that are a joy to experience. … Her vocal style and ability, while reminiscent of Joan Baez, is edgier as needed to deliver each song."
— Ferengie Record Review 5/30/18 ("Every Road" CD)
What's a young girl to do when the instrument she's been given to play is the clarinet and she wants to sing? Switch to the guitar, of course! That was back around when I was 10 or so. Such was my beginning.
I fondly remember our music teacher, Mr. Klein, who would make his way around the court in the garden apartment development where I grew up in Bayside, Queens. It was a great day when Mr. Klein would pay his weekly visit to all of us kids...upstairs, saxophone and french horn; my sister was flute; a few doors down, piano; and, me, well, an assortment. But voice was fast becoming my main passion, so I bid farewell to Mr. Klein and followed a different path, singing instead with various choruses. Back in my early days, first Boroughwide Chorus (Queens) and then All City Chorus (Manhattan) served as my vocal coaching.
In the 1990's, I spent a lot of time writing songs and singing for a meditation group—my period of introspection. It was in this period that I produced my first cassette recording, titled "Breathe Easy." Also, as a young songwriter finding her way in the world when society was much less accepting of differences, I found myself out in front performing at LGBT and women-centric events, basically "singing for our lives," to quote Holly Near. The first social justice song that I wrote was "A Personal Issue," penned on a paper bag on a bus-ride home from a pro-choice march in DC. That song was never recorded, but unfortunately its refrain is as meaningful today as it was back then: "Roe versus Wade in '73 / set all women free / neither church nor state / will again decide our fate." "Fly Away," my second solo project of original music, was recorded in 2002.
In January 2018, I released "Every Road," an eclectic mix of 11 songs, coproduced with Mike Nugent. Accompanying my vocals and rhythm guitar on this project are Mike (lead guitar, bass, dobro, yuke, electric slide), Richie Guerrero (drums, percussion), Cindy Quart (keyboard), and Gabrielle Schavron (cello).
And in May 2019, I released "Pass It On Down" —which includes a wide breadth of sounds, from bare vocals, harmonies and guitar to full band and in blues, folk, and folk rock traditions. This CD of 10 originals also was coproduced with Mike Nugent. Numerous other musicians added a whole lot of extra sparkle: Mike Nugent (electric guitar, bass, dobro), Cosmos Mallardi (acoustic and electric bass), Mark Mancini (piano), Richie Guerrero (drums, percussion), Lisa Gutkin (fiddle), Cindy Quart (piano, organ, backing vocals), Janice Buckner (backing vocals), Cecilia Kirtland (backing vocals), Anne O’Rourke (backing vocals), Greg Seck (backing vocals).
My musical influences? Of course there is a long list, but at the top are Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and Holly Near.
What I play:
—Martin 0016-DBM (Women and Music series)
Past performance groups:
- Half of duo "Sussman & Rodrigues"
- One-third of "Choice" (with Peggy Rodrigues and Lisa Duel)
- One-fourth of "Silver Shadow" (with Joe Sitomer, Larry Doyle, Steve Schoenbach)
- New Century Singers (chorus)
- Long Island Pride Chorus
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Let there be peace through music,