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Nefesh Mountain is the place where Bluegrass, Old-Time, and American Roots music meet with Jewish heritage and tradition. Creators, band leaders and husband and wife team Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, pioneering a new world of American culture which seamlessly blends their deep love for American and Western musical forms with their own cultural backgrounds as Jewish Americans. 

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The result of this unexpected and beautiful mix is staggering, and alongside band members Alan Grubner (fiddle), David Goldenberg (mandolin) and Max Johnson (bass), is adept with the string virtuosity and through composed arrangements of a modern folk/bluegrass band with songs of the heart and sense of diversity, oneness, and purpose for our world today.

Nefesh Mountain has been featured in Rolling Stone, BBC World News, Billboard, The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression, Bluegrass Today, Bluegrass Unlimited, The Times Of Israel, Jerusalem Post, and Tablet Magazine among others. 

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“Refreshingly eclectic.”

-Rolling Stone

About


“Refreshingly eclectic.”

-Rolling Stone

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New Album Info


“The sound is crisp, clear, magical”

- No Depression

New Album Info


“The sound is crisp, clear, magical”

- No Depression

americanafest 2019

We are incredibly proud to announce that we are official Showcasing Artists at Americanafest 2019! We are thrilled to be joining this amazing group of artists and musicians in Nashville for Americanafest this year. Our show will be on Saturday September 14 at the Station Inn, see you there!

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Rolling Stone video premiere

Our new video for “A Mighty Roar” was premiered this Summer on Rolling Stone featuring our new lineup and a gorgeous backdrop in Marin County California. Read the article HERE.


new station inn live videos

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”


Beneath The Open sky

Our most recent album "Beneath The Open Sky" is out now! For our second outing we flew back down to Nashville to record all new material, and on these 11 tracks are extremely proud to feature Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka, & David Grier, as well as our NYC based band.

Featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, and Bluegrass Today

"One of the finest, wholly bluegrass records one will hear in not only 2018 but as a touchstone moving forward."

- No Depression

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Tour


“Crisp, Refined, Timeless Bluegrass”

- The Bluegrass Situation

Tour


“Crisp, Refined, Timeless Bluegrass”

- The Bluegrass Situation

tour dates

Upcoming Tour Dates for Nefesh Mountain

Past shows

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)

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New Videos


A highly-effective blend of these two spheres… only rarely have we heard a prominent Jewish counterpoint to the gospel music that has been a part of bluegrass since Bill Monroe’s earliest recordings.”

- Bluegrass Today

New Videos


A highly-effective blend of these two spheres… only rarely have we heard a prominent Jewish counterpoint to the gospel music that has been a part of bluegrass since Bill Monroe’s earliest recordings.”

- Bluegrass Today

Live at space

Nefesh Mountain on Kan tv


Live at the station inn

Back in March we played two concerts supporting the release of Beneath The Open Sky; one at the Station Inn in Nashville TN, and the other at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. We recorded both nights of music in full and in the coming weeks will be releasing songs from both of these great iconic venues.

Part I : Wayfaring Stranger/Esa Einai

Part II : Eretz's Reel (Instrumental)

Part III : On & On (L'dor Vador) 


The Narrow Bridge (Music Video)

From Beneath The Open Sky here is our official video for the Narrow Bridge featuring Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and David Grier.

Featured in Rolling Stone Country's top ten songs of the week.

 

BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND

Live Hudson Valley NY

Prom·ised Land

noun

· a place or situation in which someone expects to find great happiness.

From our new album "Beneath The Open Sky" here is "Bound For The Promised Land", recorded live in Hudson Valley NY. For us this song is about aspirations and dreams. A hope for us all to find happiness and peace regardless of heritage, race, or religious background. 

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“Incredibly fresh, tight, and addictive all at once”

-Bluegrass Unlimited

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“Incredibly fresh, tight, and addictive all at once”

-Bluegrass Unlimited

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Album Index


“Exactly what the music industry needs right now. Nefesh Mountain is a gamechanger.”

- Nashville Noise

Album Index


“Exactly what the music industry needs right now. Nefesh Mountain is a gamechanger.”

- Nashville Noise

our Debut Album

Our debut self titled album features bluegrass greats Sam Bush on Mandolin and Vocals, Mark Schatz on Bass, Scott Vestal on Banjo, Rob Ickes on Dobro, and Gary Oleyar on Fiddle. We recorded the record at Sound Emporium studios in Nashville TN with our good friend Adam Taylor as head engineer. 

Click Here for more on "Nefesh Mountain"

Sound Emporium Studio Shots

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“The Sound of Appalachia and the Soul of Judaism”

-Tablet Magazine


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“The Sound of Appalachia and the Soul of Judaism”

-Tablet Magazine


Tribute To Woody Guthrie

A couple years back we released this pairing of songs written by the great Okie troubadour, Woody Guthrie. Woody moved to Coney Island in 1942 and spent much of his time learning from and collaborating with his Jewish mother in law and yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt. He identified with the stories and hardships of the Jewish people inspiring him to write these unique and powerful poems and songs. Though these works and Jewish writings were little known at the time, their rediscovery by his daughter Nora Guthrie paints a fuller picture of Woody as a writer, social activist, and humanitarian.

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Tree Of Life


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To all our friends and loved ones,

We here at Nefesh Mountain as well as countless Jewish communities worldwide have been in state of continual shock since the tragedy in Pittsburgh in October 2018. We wrote this song a day after these horrific events as a way for us to cope with the fear and sadness that we, just like all of you, are feeling. This is our offering of love and healing.

Much love and peace to all,

Nefesh Mountain

Sheet music for “Tree Of Life” is also available free of charge from our store. Click here for the Nefesh Mountain store

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Media Index


"Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg’s rustic Jewish-American hybrid of spiritual music makes swords into plowshares.”

-Times Of Israel

Media Index


"Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg’s rustic Jewish-American hybrid of spiritual music makes swords into plowshares.”

-Times Of Israel

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