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About Songwriter Linda “shibes” Schaible

About Songwriter Linda “shibes” Schaible
About Linda “shibes” Schaible

 

I’m part of the Texas-based Americana duo Amelia Earhart Returns and a songwriting instructor, running workshops in university and private settings.

I’ve had success placing songs and playing to audiences in Texas as well as Tennessee 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, , swapping song ideas with John Gorka, opening for Eliza Gilkyson and sharing the stage with exceptional songwriters including:

  • Louise Mosrie
  • Susan Gibson
  • Caroline Aiken
  • Norman & Nancy Blake
  • The Nields
  • Disappear Fear
  • Guy & Evan Carawan
  • Tim & Molly O’Brien
  • Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart
  • Mindy Smith (and providing the occasional dinner and laundry services in Knoxvegas)

I’ve been an NSAI coordinator 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 – not WHAM!).  She played with Ivy Benson’s all women’s orchestra.

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

On a trip to England when I was 10 years old, during tea at my cousin’s, 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.  While she was talking to paper dolls about biscuits, I grabbed the trumpet. She got the trombone.

And, while I do play the trumpet, I’ve expanded a bit. 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.