Pass It On Down - Album
Released May 2019; all songs © by Linda Sussman
Other musicians and voices add a whole lot of extra sparkle: Mike Nugent, Cosmo Mallardi, Richie Guerrero, Mark Mancini, Cindy Quart, Lisa Gutkin, Janice Buckner, Cecilia Kirtland, Anne O'Rourke, Greg Seck. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PROJECT!
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LINDA SUSSMAN (http://lindasussman.com ) is a Long Island, NY-based singer-songwriter whose music blurs the lines of contemporary folk and blues. With vocals reminiscent of Joan Baez infused with shades of Joni Mitchell and a strong finger picking guitar style with a touch of slide, Linda delivers her songs straight from the heart — honoring the human spirit, celebrating triumphs, rallying for justice, and some just for fun.
Linda inspires audiences to sing along on her hard-driving relationship-rebuilding song “Layer Me Up,” groove to her “Truckload of Blues” tune, check in at a personal level on “The Change,” and at times step away from the daily news in “Let’s Just Boogie.” Linda’s music is played on radio programs in the US, UK, Canada, Europe, and Israel.
Typically touring as a solo artist, Linda also performs with members of her five-piece band, the Linda Sussman Collective, with whom she has played The Bitter End, NYC’s iconic venue, on numerous occasions. Her East Coast touring has included 1867 Sanctuary Arts & Culture Center (Ewing, NJ), Sweet Melissa’s (Montpelier, VT), Radio Bean (Burlington, VT). Due to the pandemic, previously scheduled 2020 concerts have been postponed at The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse (Sunapee, NH), Shine Sessions House Concert (Brattleboro, VT), and Stage 33 listening room (Bellows Falls, VT).
Back on Long Island, Linda has been a featured performer at a variety of singer-songwriter showcases, including the long-standing Songs From the Hive series (Sea Cliff, NY), Northshore Original Open Mic series (Huntington, NY), and KJ Farrell’s Original Music Showcase (Bellmore, NY). Linda also has brought her music to a variety of local fundraisers, including the League of Women Voters (Huntington, NY), Concert for Immigrant Justice (Huntington, NY), and Long Island Network for Change (Centerport, NY).
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“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, DJ, KTAL
Virtual Collaborations While quarantined during the pandemic, Linda has continued
to work on her craft, sharing new music via the Acapella iPhone app (see links).
Pass It On Down (2019) has 10 original tracks in the blues, folk, and folk-rock
traditions. Four of the tracks have ranked in the Top 10 on the RMR charts, and three in the Top 5 on RadioGuitarOne’s Folk Cuts. The album’s RMR rankings since August 2019 include:
— #7 on Contemporary Folk Albums Chart (wk of Jan 25, 2020)
— #9 on Folk Albums Chart (wk of Jan 25, 2020)
— #11 on New York Album Chart (wk of Nov 2, 2019)
— #38 on Best of 2019 in Contemporary Folk (top 200 chart)
Rapid Fire (2019) is a single track inspired by the Parkland students' activism and
March for Our Lives movement and is a rallying cry for hope and a call for action.
One of nine singers recording “This Is My Country" Linda was among the “All-
American Voices on singer-songwriter Hank Stone’s single, a powerful song of immigrant rights (available on most streaming sites).
Every Road (2018) is a mix of 11 original tracks with lyrics that touch hearts and open minds.
•3 Women's Musical Journeys (2020) Linda co-created this 90-minute program of
musical journeys through stories and song with singer-songwriters Annie Mark and Janice Buckner. Their debut performance was a hit with the sold-out audience hosted by the Northport Arts Coalition in cooperation with the Northport–East Northport Public Library on Long Island, NY.
“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
“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