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Nefesh Mountain comes to Frenchtown


Bluegrass-Americana band Nefesh Mountain will play at the Artyard Theater in Frenchtown, N.J., July 9.

This comes after the group’s Billboard Top 10 album debut: “Songs For the Sparrows,” on Eden Sky Records, produced by band founders, husband-and-wife team, Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff. Tickets are on sale now.

The album is the follow-up to its previous releases, the critically acclaimed “Beneath the Open Sky” (2018) and “Nefesh Mountain” (2016).

In addition to the core band, the album also features musicians including Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Sam Bush (mandolin), and Bryan Sutton (guitar).

“Jerry and Sam are part of this amazing group of bluegrass musicians who really blew the doors off the whole genre back in the ’70s and ’80s and paved the way for folks like us to bring in all kinds of influences,” said Lindberg. “So, while this record is in many ways a celebration of American music, it’s also our attempt to introduce some otherworldly elements that you may not get from pure Americana.”

Lindberg and Zasloff brought aboard Celtic phenoms John Doyle (guitar/bouzouki) and Mike McGoldrick (whistles).

“Celtic music is such an integral part of our lives as American roots musicians,” said Lindberg. “We wanted to share our love of Scots-Irish music in a number of these songs as a way to bring in a European influence, and for us was such an honor to record and collaborate with two of our favorites, John and Mike.”

Additionally, the album features Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano, dulceola), Wes Corbett (banjo) and John Mock (bodhran).

Both native New Yorkers with a lifelong affinity for bluegrass, Lindberg and Zasloff founded Nefesh Mountain in 2014. “Bluegrass and acoustic music have always spoken to us—something about the sound of acoustic instruments creates the perfect landscape for very truthful storytelling,” said Lindberg.

“This album is very much a celebration; it’s about adventure and endurance and pushing through the difficult times,” said Zasloff. “We’re looking at some painful things in these songs, but it always comes back to the idea of persevering and letting love be your fuel.”