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Linda Spivack Sandersen


Pickin' Up Speed

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Pickin' Up Speed

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Linda Sandersen

I am proud to feature Linda Sandersen as the April Wisconsin Bluegrass Musician of the Month.Linda has a fine singing voice and plays the lap dulcimer (also called the mountain dulcimer).I especially like it when she gets out her auto harp.Linda and I first played together at the Manitowish Waters Bluegrass Festival and several years ago I was privileged to play her festival in Milwaukee.Last year she kicked off my first annual Bill Jorgenson Bluegrass Festival and even though we had a few rain drops Pickin Up Speed set the tone for a great festival.I have always felt that bluegrass performers need to play in nursing homes, schools, and special housing projects to spread the joy of Bluegrass.I hope everyone appreciates the hours of work that the president of any bluegrass organization puts it and I especially thank Linda for all her good work in the Milwaukee Area.She gets better each year ... seems like she is Pickin Up Speed Bill
There is a rumor that when Linda was born she came out singing.Her mother often sang to the children as they were growing up.Linda's first attempt at an instrument was the ukulele.She was in chorus from 3rd grade through college and participated in the schools variety shows and was active in theater groups
In the pate 50's Linda lived in West Virginia and when she moved to the Milwaukee area it was only natural to form a bluegrass band.In 1982 she founded the Pickin Up Speed Bluegrass Band, a great Milwaukee area bluegrass band that will be appearing at the 9th Annual MABMA Bluegrass Festival at the Unitarian Church North at 13800 North Port Washington Road, in Mequon, Wisconsin on April 13.2002.
Linda's first gig in Milwaukee was playing at the Guest House in Milwaukee around Christmas time playing for an audience a little down on their luck.Things progressed until 1997 she had the chance hear and visit with Jimmy Martin at the Manitowish Waters Bluegrass festival in 1997.Linda has had the opportunity to play with John Hartford and James King.
Linda not only makes great bluegrass music but she also organizes the Milwaukee Area festival and monthly jams.At first it was a small group of people and a few phone calls.Funny how bluegrass people love to talk so the phone bills mounted.The answer was create a newsletter and an organization, the Milwaukee Area Bluegrass Music Association.Its now up to 260 bluegrass friends with monthly jams at Borders bookstore the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2-5pm.
I asked Linda if she had advice for new people and she said Practice Practice Practice
And ... come to the jams ... and learn the songs ... and learn how to play with other people.Linda also warns its Bluegrass and you better keep your day job ! Its nice to know that bluegrass is alive and well in the Milwaukee area, due to the efforts of Linda and her bass playing, hardworking, husband Poul.Keep Picking and Grinning!

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Linda Sandersen, President of the Milwaukee Area Bluegrass Music Association

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