LINDA SUSSMAN is a New York-based musician (singer-songwriter and band) whose music blurs the lines of contemporary folk, folk-rock and folk-blues and spans universal topics from love and heartache to cries for 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. Her Pass It On Down album of 2019 ranked #21 (out of 200) on the Roots Music Report (RMR)'s "Best in Contemporary Folk in 2020" and #38 on the same chart in 2019. Linda's latest single, "Join Hands," released in November 2020 in advance of her upcoming album (These Walls, 2021), was met with stellar reviews:
"Both a rallying cry and 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
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. 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 "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." Her upcoming, 2021 album, These Walls, is a compilation of 11 new originals and reflects on life in these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, Linda was excited to be included as one of 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 created 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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