Folk guitarist Nathan Salsburg makes experimental soundscapes


Joan Shelley

Nathan Salsburg in a barn on his property, which also functions as his office.

(JTA) - Folk musician and record archivist Nathan Salsburg lives on a 40-acre former tree farm in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, with fellow songwriter Joan Shelley.

Shelley is not Jewish, but she and Salsburg - who has a complicated relationship with his Jewishness dating back to childhood - began observing Shabbat in the last year. 

"We don't turn everything off," Salsburg jokes. "But we light the Shabbat candles and say HaMotzi and drink wine. We'd like to keep it going. But I don't really have any Jewish community to speak of."

That is, until he looks on his record shelves.

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