Abstract

ABSTRACT:

In the fifty years since the American folk music revival began to interact with liberal American Judaism, audiences of contemporary Jewish music have become accustomed to the fusion of religious ideas with American musical sounds. Nowadays, as the canon of Jewish-American music has expanded to include increasingly diverse musical traditions in progressive Jewish spheres, audiences have become increasingly receptive to exploring Jewish identity through new cultural intersections. Nefesh Mountain, the husband-and-wife Jewish bluegrass duo of Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg, exists at the fore-front of this new wave of music rooted in intersecting identities. This article explores the evolution of reception of Nefesh Mountain's music from perception of "Jewgrass" as parody, to fascination, and finally to deep appreciation. By exploring the intersection of Judaism and Americana, Zasloff and Lindberg seek to deepen understanding of their American Jewish experience. A side-by-side comparison of selected Nefesh Mountain songs with traditional and popular bluegrass songs will elucidate this connection.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1948-5077
Print ISSN
0271-9274
Pages
pp. 101-118
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-27
Open Access
No
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