ABOUT

LINDA SUSSMAN is a New York-based award-winning singer-songwriter whose music is an Americana mix of alternative-folk and blues. Her versatile vocals are backed by her strong rhythm and fingerstyle guitar, with a touch of slide. With songs that span universal themes, from heartache and triumphs to calls for social justice, her music has ranked #1 on the Roots Music Report's weekly Alternative Folk Album Chart and is shared on radio programs internationally. 

The many stages Linda has played range from the iconic NYC venues The Bitter End and Kenny's Castaways to the Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame to more intimate stages such as Radio Bean in Burlington, VT.  

Since 2018, Linda has released five full-length albums and a handful of singles, with her These Walls album ranked #4 on the Roots Music Report's Best in 2021 Album Chart (Alternative Folk genre). Linda typically performs solo, though on occasion can be heard with lead guitarist Mike Nugent. 

In related musical ventures, Linda presents a music and poetry program, titled “Crossroads of Verse,” with her wife, Emily-Sue Sloane, an award-winning poet. Noting that creativity intersects at many corners, these two artists take you on a journey from the lighthearted to the thought-provoking as they weave a conversation through original music and spoken word. Among the stages where they have brought their show is the Landmark on Main Street's Jeanne Rimsky Theater in Port Washington, NY.

Linda also co-produces “SongBreak” with singer-songwriter Josie Bello, which spotlights singer-songwriters in a format that includes a song swap plus conversation with the audience. SongBreak began as a weekly virtual swap between Linda and Josie during the height of the pandemic and evolved to an in-person event with two guest features at the start of 2023. 

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  THE EARLY DAYS [CLICK to read]

THE RELEASE BUZZ (2018–2024)

Writing in styles that cross genres, Linda Sussman's most recent album, WIN OR LOSE  (February 2024), is an Americana mix of original blues, folk and alt-folk. An overarching theme of courage, hope and empowerment runs through all of the eight tracks.  Within one month of its release, the album charted #5 on the RMR's weekly Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart (wks 3/16, 3/23, 4/20, 5/4 and beyond!) and #8 on the RMR's Top 50 Folk Album Chart (across all folk sub-genres, wk 3/23/24).  (Read early reviews)

LET COMMON SENSE PREVAIL, one of Linda's solo tracks and a powerful call for sensible gun controls, landed on WERU's “Most Played Tracks Chart” in mid-March. 

SHAKE IT LOOSE TODAY, released in July 2022, is an album steeped in hope, passion and vulnerabilities. The nine tracks range from rockin' blues to alt-folk to ballads. Shortly after its release, Shake It Loose Today charted #1 on the weekly Roots Music Report's Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart (wk 9/24/22) and is ranked #14 on the RMR's Top Alternative Folk Album Chart for the Year 2023.  

In October 2022, Linda released A POWER YOU'LL NEVER KNOW,  a bold single in support of women's rights and in response to the US Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v Wade. [Video]

Linda's 2021 THESE WALLS album, an eclectic mix of alt-folk and blues, also charted #1 on the Roots Music Report (RMR)'s weekly Top 50 Alternative-Folk Album Chart (wk 4/3/21) and is ranked #4 on the RMR's Top Alternative Folk Album Chart for the Year 2021 . [Video/track medley]

Marking her shift from contemporary folk to blues is Linda's PASS IT ON DOWN album (rel. 2019), delivering her blues tracks "Truckload of Blues," "Cryin" and "Chasin' That Train" along with straight-up folk as in the title track and others. The album ranks #19 on the RMR's Top Contemporary Folk Album Chart for the Year 2020

After a 10-year hiatus from all things music, Linda returned in 2018 with her contemporary folk album EVERY ROAD, a collection of 11 tracks, spanning the feel-good "A Little Bit of Heaven" to "Not In My Name," the first song she wrote for immigrant rights.

Check out all of Linda's releases on all streaming platforms, Bandcamp and the CDs/Store page.

SOME FUN STUFF!

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Major influences in Linda's songwriting:
Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Holly Near, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and so many others!

Linda's guitars: 
Martin 00-16DBM
Martin OMC-15ME
Martin GPC-14F
Martin SC-13E 

Strings:
D'Addario Phosphor Bronze EJ26 (11-52)
 

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