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 faithful 12-string at what was then a plethora of wine-and-cheese clubs before reaching out to two other musicians and forming the women's trio CHOICE, with Peggy Rodrigues on jazz guitar and Lisa Deuel on flute and piano. The trio began incorporating Linda's original music into their sets and played a wide range of venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island, from coffeehouses to bars to events for social justice. CHOICE had a great run for a number of years before Lisa went south for the warmer climate, leaving Linda and Peggy to recast as SUSSMAN & RODRIGUES. The duo moved forward with a mix of covers and Linda's originals, playing in the NY Metro area to audiences of all sizes, from listening rooms in NYC to large events such as Brooklyn Pride and concerts in support of the women's movement.
Linda eventually returned to her solo roots, playing numerous venues in NYC's West Village, including a steady gig at Kenny's Castaways. But life is often chockful of curve balls and Linda was forced into a 10-year hiatus from all things music while caring for aging parents and dealing with some health issues of her own. Thankfully, Linda found her way back to her music in 2016 and re-emerged at full strength and with a renewed commitment. She found her way to a roster of stellar players (Mike Nugent, lead guitar & dobro; Mark Mancini, piano; Kevin Kelly, bass; Richie Guerrero, percussion; Shawn Murray, drums) and has since played feature spots including at The Bitter End (pre-pandemic) down on NYC's Bleecker Street. Check out these fine musicians backing Linda on her recent albums. And now with four recent albums over the past five years to her credit, Linda shows no signs of slowing down. Her muse is hopefully here to stay!