LINDA SUSSMAN is a New York-based artist (solo/band) and award-winning songwriter whose music embraces folk, alternative-folk and blues and whose songs span universal themes such as love, heartache, triumphs and social justice. Linda's strong vocals (a bit reminiscent of Joan Baez) are backed by her strong rhythm and fingerstyle guitar, with a touch of slide.

SHAKE IT LOOSE TODAY, Linda's latest album (her fourth in five years), was released July 1, 2022, and is steeped in hope, passion and vulnerabilities. The nine new tracks range from rockin' blues to alt-folk to ballads. Joining Linda's acoustic guitar and vocals are her loyal backing musicians:  Mike Nugent on dobro and lead guitar, Kevin Kelly on bass, Richie Guerrero on percussion and Shawn Murray on drums. Just 3 weeks after its release, Shake It Loose Today ranked #9 on the weekly Roots Music Report's Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart (wk of 7/23/22).

In 2021 and within 2 months of its release, Linda's  THESE WALLS album charted #1 on the Roots Music Report (RMR)'s Top 50 Alternative-Folk Album Chart (4/3/21) and is ranked #5 on the RMR's Top Alternative Folk Album Chart for the Year 2021 . Linda's PASS IT ON DOWN album (rel. 2019) is ranked #20 on the RMR's Top Contemporary Folk Album Chart for the Year 2020.   

Linda has shared her music over the years at a wide range of venues, inspiring audiences to sing along on her crowd-favorite, relationship-rebuilding song "Layer Me Up," groove to her "Tomorrow Blues" tune, check in at a personal level on "Pass It On Down," have a bit of old-time blues fun in "My Baby" or step away from the daily news in "Let’s Just Boogie." Check out all of Linda's albums on the CDs/Store page.

Typically touring as a solo artist, Linda occasionally 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).

Linda's music can be heard internationally on radio stations across the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Israel, Australia and elsewhere.

SONGWRITING:
2nd Place: 2021 ASSV4U themed Songwriting Contest  Contest from A Still Small Voice 4U and judged by DJ Ron Cooke. Theme: louder than the guns. Song: "We Will Rise" (by Linda Sussman © 2021)

RADIO RECOGNITION: 
These Walls (album) #1 — Roots Music Report's Top 50 Alternative Folk Albums (4/3/21) 
These Walls (album) #3 — RMR's Top 10 Folk Albums [all subgenres] (4/3/21) 
Pass It On Down (album) #9 — RMR's Top 10  Folk Albums [all subgenres] (5/16/20)  
Pass It On Down (album) #20 — RMR's Best in Contemporary Folk in 2020 (top 200 chart ) 
"Join Hands" #1 — RadioGuitarOne folk channel chart (1/7/21) 
"Eye of the Storm" #1 — RMR's Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart (4/3/21) 
"These Walls" #3 — RMR's Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart (4/3/21) 
"Catch Me If I Fall" #4 — RMR's Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart (4/3/21) 
"My Baby" #5 — RMR's Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart (4/3/21) 
"Chasin' That Train" #7 — RMR's Top 10 Contemporary Folk Song Chart (1/18/20) 
"A Little Bit of Heaven" #5 — RadioGuitarOne folk channel chart (9/10/20) 
"Every Road" #3 — RadioGuitarOne folk channel chart (7/30/20) 
"Cryin" #3 — RadioGuitarOne folk channel chart (4/9/20)  

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Major influences in Linda's songwriting:
Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Holly Near, among many others!

Linda's guitars: 
Martin 00-16DBM
Martin OMC-15ME
 

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