Linda Sussman brings a unique sound to the alt-folk and blues traditions. Her heart shines through her sophisticated songwriting and vocals, which complement her accomplished fingerstyle and rhythm guitar playing. Linda delivers her lyrics straight from the heart, with songs that honor the human spirit, celebrate personal triumphs, rally for social justice, and others, well, simply for fun.
Linda performs both solo and with the Linda Sussman Collective and has released two full-length CDs of original music over the past two years, both on her indie label, Sing Out Proud Music, and both 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!
Linda's "Every Road" CD, released in 2018, is a mix of 11 original tracks with lyrics that touch hearts and open minds.
Years earlier, Linda produced two solo CDs: "Breathe Easy" and "Fly Away."
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.
My songwriting follows my values in life: peace, love and understanding, though most likely achieved in reverse order.
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
Thanks for visiting my site!
Let there be peace through music,