THE EARLY DAYS...
Linda began playing music at a very young age—recorder, accordian and clarinet before she switched to guitar and found her voice was yet another instrument...the rest is history!
Growing up in a Jewish ghetto in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Queens, NY, Linda got her first taste of vocal training singing with the Queens Boroughwide Chorus, an audition chorus of Junior High School kids from NYC's borough of Queens. In High School, she went on to sing with NYC's prestigious All City Chorus, also an audition chorus but with voices selected from across New York City's five boroughs.
But Linda left her choral training behind when she set off to college in upstate NY and found herself fronting a folk-rock cover band, SILVER SHADOW, all while playing her one guitar, a 12-string acoustic Epiphone. (The band: Linda, vocals and guitar; Joe Sitomer, lead guitar; Larry Doyle, bass; Steve "Boogs" Schoenbach, drums.) Covering songs from The Eagles to Joni Mitchell to David Bromberg and more, Silver Shadow played a range of venues in the Binghamton and Johnson City area, including the university itself.
Post-college and back downstate in the NY Metro area, Linda landed solo gigs with her 12-string guitar at an array of wine-and-cheese clubs. Linda branched out over the next number of years to form the trio CHOICE, along with Peggy Rodrigues on jazz guitar and Lisa Deuel on flute and piano, and began incorporating her original music into their set lists. CHOICE played a wide range of places across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island, from coffeehouses, to bars, to events for social justice. But after a few years, Lisa moved out of state, leaving Linda and Peggy to become SUSSMAN & RODRIGUES. The duo played mostly Linda's originals at numerous bars and restaurants in the NY Metro area as well as larger events including the Brooklyn Pride Festival and concerts in support of the women's movement.
Linda eventually returned to her solo roots and landed a regular gig at Kenny's Castaways on Bleecker Street in NYC's West Village. But life doesn't always continue down a straight line. After about a year, Linda needed to step back from the music scene while care-taking for parents and dealing with some health issues of her own. She re-emerged around 2016 after about a 10-year hiatus and hasn't stopped since!