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Bluegrass Meet Judaism

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Courtesy of Nefesh Mountain
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Nefesh Mountain are a husband and wife team that fuse traditional bluegrass music with elements of their own Jewish heritage and traditions

Many subgenres of bluegrass can be quickly traced back to Christian values and ideals, but that is not the case for the music of Nefesh Mountain. The husband and wife team fuse traditional bluegrass music with elements of their own Jewish heritage and traditions. They were recognized for this approach during a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association business conference. 

Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff join host Frank Stasio to talk about their career and share live music from their latest album “Beneath the Open Sky.” Zasloff is an award-winning singer, songwriter who has been recognized for her children’s albums that celebrate Jewish tradition. Lindberg is a multi-instrumentalist trained in jazz with a devotion for the five-string banjo. They will be joined by their bandmates Alan Grubner and Tim Kiah to perform in studio. Nefesh Mountain performs Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival  in Raleigh at 5:15 p.m. on Capitol stage  and Sunday, Sept. 30  at the 2018 Jewish Cultural Festival in Cary at 1 p.m.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.