Linda started singing at a very young age, in fact one of her first paid performances was for her grandfather, who used to stand her up in his arm chair and give her all the change in his pocket in exchange for her singing “Green, green grass of home”. She was inspired by that and was part of the school’s choirs up until she left, singing Alto.
It was in her early 20’s that Linda taught herself the basics of strumming the guitar to assist her with her writing, however she prefers to have others play so that she may concentrate all of her attention and emotion that goes into her performance. One of her greatest accomplishments was winning a contest and being an opening act for Kenny Rogers at the Barrie, Molson Centre in October of 1999. The song “Crazy” was one of the most requested “Nooner” songs for some weeks on Midland’s KICX 106 (at the time) and was also used for their advertising of the next years StarQuest contest. That song with another original was performed on breakfast TV to bring attention to her opening spot at the Rogers show. Jamie Warren was also appearing at that same show along with Farmers Daughter.
Everyone and anyone that has heard her sing has compared her raspy vocals to the likes of Janis Joplin and Melissa Etheridge and has blown more than a few away with her rendition of” Sex on Fire”, or “Somebody like you!” and has no problem taking Bob Seger's “Her Strut” and make it her own. Through many bar stages to festival stages Linda has spent more time and effort in the last 8 years trying to pull a band together for the purpose of getting original music out there, Linda has established the reputation of” Tattoos ‘N Whiskey “and although she has decided to not have full-time players, she has found some very like minded professional guys who have been backing her up over the last year and it has worked out perfectly.
TATTOOS 'N WHISKEY (Linda Dunlop) released her first single she wrote called “All In” recorded at Badger Hollow studios in Collingwood by Lee Chomiak, mixed mastered and produced by Mike Borkosky. This song was given to an on-line radio station that plays Canadian Indie artists and "All In" went to the #1 spot and #3 in 2020's top 100. Her second song "Angel", written by her brother for Linda to release also was in the top 10 and ended up on that same chart to be part of the top 100. Which brings her to the latest release of Wastin’ My Time. This was co-written by Linda was aired on terrestrial radio and SiriusXM CBC Country Radio for the summer of 2021. (Angel and Wastin My Time were also mastered and produced by Mike Borkosky.) All of her current songs are being played or streamed around the globe. In the Country with Dave Woods has chatted with Linda, The Ranch 101FM with other radio stations that have played her music and are very excited to hear some more of what she has coming.
Linda is ready to do some more recording and cannot wait to share it with everyone.