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About Songwriter Linda Schaible

About Songwriter Linda Schaible
About Songwriter Linda Schaible

While I do have a corporate life as a marketing professional, I’ve been involved in songwriting for a number of years. Back in the 90’s I performed in the successful Americana duo Amelia Earhart Returns in Knoxville TN and surrounding states, with airplay on one of my favorite stations, WNCW in Spindale.

I’m proud to be a published poet and honored to be a recipient of the Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize.

I’ve had the privilege of sitting in a church basement with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings talking about songwriting, sharing the stage with:

  • Louise Mosrie
  • Caroline Aiken
  • Norman & Nancy Blake
  • The Nields
  • Disappear Fear
  • Guy & Evan Carawan
  • Tim & Molly O’Brien
  • Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart while providing the occasional dinner and laundry services to Mindy Smith.

I’ve been an NSAI member in three states, have taught summer songwriting workshops at the University of Tennessee, and host co-writing and song craft workshops in Houston Texas for songwriters at all levels.

 

My Musical Roots

 

While I’m drawn to Americana, my musical roots are in England starting back in 1857 with my great-great-grandfather, William Cooper. He formed a brass band in Huthwaite England called the Huthwaite Prize Band.

It has had an unbroken line of Cooper family members as conductor or director since the day it was created.  [The British Bandsman March 12,1906]

My mother grew up in the band, and eventually went on to play with one of England’s most interesting musical creations (no – to WHAM) – Ivy Benson’s all women’s orchestra.

The World War II created the opportunity for women to push their way into the industry, and Ivy Benson jumped at the chance. My mother was in the orchestra playing lead trombone in the 50’s, touring Air Force bases around England, Scotland, Ireland, and eventually Germany where she met my father.

On one trip to England to visit relatives, I think I was about 10 years old, during tea at my 2nd Cousin/Uncle’s home (different story), my mother called us into a room to pick an instrument – it was after all, the family business.

My younger sister is a bit of a dreamer, so while she was talking to paper dolls about biscuits, I grabbed the trumpet. She got the trombone.

So, while I do play the trumpet, I’ve expanded a bit so that I at least get party invitations. I play a few instruments (six: but never all at once) and am proud to carry on the family business of making music as a singer-songwriter.

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