"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
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, Melissa Ferrick 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.
"Wise, wistful, quietly devastating folk-pop...well sculpted melodies...richly poetic lyrics."
iTunes Editors Notes
“With all of these songs—pop-rock sparklers informed by the kind of edgy country and clever folk beloved by NPR subscribers—movement carries risk, but it beats staying put.”
M Music & Musicians Magazine
“Channeling the finger-plucked folk music of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, Linda Draper gets back to her acoustic roots...she sings like a siren, luring some would-be lover to his grisly doom.”
Andrew Leahey - American Songwriter Magazine
“Nonchalantly and methodically, she’s built a body of work as one of the most singularly intelligent and individualistic tunesmiths in any kind of music.”
A. Young - New York Music Daily
“Linda Draper can evidently be addicting. I think they should put a warning on the insert.”
Frank Gutch Jr. - FOLK AND MUSIC EXCHANGE
“Linda Draper makes folk music of the best sort: lighthearted and charming with firmly grounded melodies and honest, straightforward lyrics with a poetic yet realistic slant.”
Karen Duda - FEMINIST REVIEW