Anne Frank's famous optimism gets a bluegrass twang


Lawrence Rickford

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are Nefesh Mountain.

(JTA) - If anyone can pull off a bluegrass song about Anne Frank, it's Nefesh Mountain, a husband-and-wife duo from New Jersey that has been a standard-bearer of Jewish bluegrass for years.

The group has appeared in Rolling Stone and national bluegrass magazines and worked with some of the most respected bluegrass session players as they have put an Americana spin on Jewish prayers such as "Mi Chamocha" and "Modeh Ani" and released other songs that tap into Jewish traditions.

"What we're doing is not goofy at all, it's very soulful and very honest," singer Doni Zasloff told the Jewish Tele...

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