Linda Draper: Lyric-Slinger/Folk-Singer.
While growing up in a musical household with parents and siblings who are all musicians (father Frederick is a classical guitar virtuoso who studied with Andres Segovia), Brooklyn based Linda Draper listened to everything from Bach to “Bop” from an early age, soon moving on to the church choir and then to writing her own songs on the guitar as a teenager.
Draper’s musical path led to tours throughout the US and UK where she has had the pleasure of opening for Regina Spektor, Teddy Thompson, Kimya Dawson and Amy Correia among others, and her varied influences were reflected in the half-dozen records that she released over the years, including four LPs recorded with legendary cult-icon, music producer, Kramer (Ween, Low, Galaxie 500).
Recently, Draper has gotten back to basics with her 7th album, Edgewise, which was released on May 21st, 2013 and has been met with praise and accolades from both music critics and fans alike. “With this album, I feel I’ve come full circle,” she says. “I feel myself returning to the roots that originally sparked my enthusiasm for music.” Produced by fellow singer-songwriter Matt Keating, Edgewise will find fans in those who are equally as enamored of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Nick Drake as Draper is.
"Linda Draper's wise, wistful, and quietly devastating folk-pop reaches new levels of refinement on "Edgewise". The album's well-sculpted and richly poetic lyrics bring early Joni Mitchell and Kate McGarrigle to mind, with a quirky indie pop influence added. The mood is cool but not indifferent, rooted in everyday heartache and tempered by steely resolve." iTunes Editors' Notes
"What great artists sound like when their music is stripped down to its elements...succeeds in every respect." - American Songwriter
"Brilliance from the simplest pairings of voice and minimal guitar...an artist in the best sense of the word." - The Sentimentalist
"...warm and personal...a treasure chest of thoughtful tunes and melodies" - Pop Matters
"An absolute master class of exquisitely delivered song craft." - Losing Today Magazine (UK)
"a shining light of excellence...a delightful voice that immediately enchants." - Tasty (UK)
"another example of the excellent work being done within the folk field these days; it is at once anachronistic and futuristic." - Americana UK
"a talented songwriter on the rise... this underrated talent is about to punch her ticket to widespread acclaim" - Unfinished
"what the major label heads call the total package. Great songwriting, beautiful music, loads of talent..." - Ear Candy
"Highlighted / Noteworthy Release - Linda Draper has an absolutely captivating voice. It has a steady, tender quality that draws you in, pressing your ears to the speaker, to listen carefully to the quiet lyrics she slips into her simple acoustic arrangements." - Punk Planet
"Linda Draper approaches folk music with spare songs and a high register not unlike folk mama Joan Baez." - Time Out New York
"a terrific songwriter, one that should be above the radar..." - Dagger
"She reminds me of early Suzanne Vega, with whispery vocals...putting the focus on her to-the-point lyrics." - Sing Out
"Coolly rendered neo-folk ...it's a whimsical, open-hearted, and affecting journey... " - Pop Culture Press
"...one of the true and real genuine talents of the twenty-first century. Highly recommended..." - LMNOP/Babysue
"There's some captivating magic here very, very worth exploring." - All Music Guide