Nefesh Mountain is the place where American Bluegrass and Old-time music meet with Jewish Heritage and tradition. Band leaders, genre-pioneers, and husband and wife Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, and share their love for American music, their own cultural heritage, and each other with audiences throughout the world. The result of this unexpected and beautiful mix is staggering; and while complete with the kind of adept string virtuosity and through composed arrangements one would hope for from a newgrass band with influences from Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, and Jazz, they also play and sing songs of the heart creating music with a sense of diversity, oneness, and purpose for our world today.

Their newest and most adventurous recording to date called “Beneath The Open Sky” was a tour de force for the band, featuring friends and bluegrass luminaries Sam BushJerry DouglasTony Trischka And David Grier, along with New York based musicians Alan Grubner and Tim Kiah. The album’s 11 songs collectively weave together a groundbreaking and beautiful patchwork of new American music, being called “refreshingly eclectic” by Rolling Stone, and “One of the finest, wholly bluegrass records one will hear in not only 2018 but as a touchstone moving forward” by No Depression magazine. 

Currently Nefesh Mountain plays over 150 dates a year worldwide with performances all throughout the US, Canada, Israel, England, and Australia. The Quintet consists of Doni Zasloff on Vocals, Eric Lindberg on Vocals, Guitar, and Banjo, Alan Grubner on Fiddle, David Goldenberg on Mandolin, and Max Johnson on Bass. Their mission whether at a concert hall, festival, workshop, school, camp, or synagogue, is to spread the joy and magic of American roots music and help to champion and reinforce the powerful messages of diversity, wholeness, and harmony for our ever changing times. 

a mighty roar

Featured On Rolling Stone

live at the station inn

We’re excited to release this trio of new vidoes from our last performance at Nashville’s iconic music venue The Station Inn. Featured here are “River Song” from our eponymous first recording, a brand new instrumental entitled “Big Mountain” and our spiritual tribute to the Jewish communities of Pittsburgh; “Tree Of Life”

Live at Space

Live in Nashville at The Station Inn (2018)

Live in Memphis on Ditty TV

official videos


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Rolling Stone - "Narrow Bridge" - Top 10 Songs Of The Week

Billboard - Combining Bluegrass With Jewish Identity: "Our Truth Was This"

No Depression - Choosing Their Words: Artists Reach for Their Roots by Writing in Other Languages

The Bluegrass Situation -  Nefesh Mountain: From The Inside Out

No Depression - Refresh with Nefesh Mountain, Beneath The Open Sky

Bluegrass Today - Beneath The Open Sky - Nefesh Mountain

Nashville Noise - Nefesh Mountain Play Nashville’s Station Inn for Album Release Party

Tablet Magazine - Nefesh Mountain Captures the Sound of Appalachia and the Soul of Judaism

tour dates


Some of the venues that we’ve played this past year include:

IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass festival (Raleigh, NC) - Shir Madness Festival (Sydney Australia) - Jacob’s Ladder Music Festival (Tiberias, Israel) - Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour (Lexington, KY) - Tokens Show (Nashville, TN) - Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA) - The Station Inn (Nashville, TN) - Club Passim (Cambridge, MA) - Space (Evanston, IL) - Ravinia Festival (Highland Park, IL), The Old Church (Portland, OR) - The Levitt Shell (Memphis, TN) - Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY) - Steve’s Guitars (Carbondale, CO) - The Buttonwood Tree (Middletown, CT - The Walnut Room (Denver, CO) - The Duffin Theatre (Lenox, MA), The Back Room (Berkeley, CA), Bellefield Music Hall (Pittsburg, PA), The Jewish Museum (New York, NY), Discovery Green (Houston, TX)

Career Highlights:

Rolling Stone named “The Narrow Bridge” Top 10 songs of the week

Featured on BBC World Service for original song “Tree Of Life” in Dedication to the victims of the Pittsburgh shootings at the Tree Of Life Synagogue

Featured in Billboard, The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression, Rolling Stone, Bluegrass Today, Bluegrass Unlimited, The Bluegass Standard, The Times Of Israel, Tablet Magazine.

Recorded with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka, David Grier, Mark Schatz, Rob Ickes, & Scott Vestal

Featured on Nashville’s Iconic Tokens Show alongside Bryan Sutton, Jeff Taylor, Aubrey Haynie, Byron House, and Chris Brown.

Proud Sponsors of Deering Banjos, Bourgeois Guitars and Ear Trumpet Microphones

The first internationally touring band to combine Jewish Heritage and Values with the musical forms of Bluegrass and Old Time music.


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