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Beneath the Open Sky

by Nefesh Mountain

Beneath The Open Sky is the second full length album from the progressive bluegrass band delving further into the beautiful worlds of Bluegrass music and Jewish heritage and tradition.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bound for the Promised Land (feat. Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas)
4:06 $0.99
2. I Want to Hear Somebody Pray (feat. Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas)
4:13 $0.99
3. A Mighty Roar (feat. Sam Bush & Tony Trischka)
4:02 $0.99
4. The Narrow Bridge (feat. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas & David Grier)
5:21 $0.99
5. Halleluyah (feat. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas & David Grier)
4:25 $0.99
6. Eretz's Reel (feat. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas & David Grier)
5:20 $0.99
7. On and On (L'dor Vador) [feat. Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas]
6:20 $0.99
8. Wild Mountain Thyme (feat. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas & Tony Trischka)
5:05 $0.99
9. Kitchen Gal (feat. Sam Bush & Tony Trischka)
3:52 $0.99
10. Oseh Shalom (feat. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas & Tony Trischka)
6:04 $0.99
11. Russian Lullaby
2:41 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Beneath the Open Sky is a soulful, euphoric, folk-flavored outpouring of hope and joy, propelled by the kind of crisp, crystalline picking that gives lyrics wings and above all, is a distinctively Nefesh Mountain sound.

Besides writing or arranging all 11 songs, Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff also co-produced the album which they recorded in Nashville with the instrumental backing of Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka and David Grier, aided by Nefesh Mountain’s touring band members, Alan Grubner on fiddle and Tim Kiah on bass. A dazzling picker in his own right, Lindberg provides either the lead guitar or banjo throughout the songs, while Zasloff soars with some of the most melodic, incisive and soul-stirring vocals we’ve heard since Mary Travers first took the spotlight.

Lindberg and Zasloff draw four of the album’s songs from the folk tradition—“Bound for the Promised Land,” “I Want to Hear Somebody Pray,” “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “Kitchen Gal,” investing each of these ancient tunes with new insights and, in some cases, new lyrics.” Of the new material, “A Mighty Roar” urges us to savor the earth’s majestic melodies; “The Narrow Bridge” sings of the earth’s resilience, even in “troubled times” such as our own; “Halleluyah” counsels us to “breathe in this world/with all of its wonders”; and “On and On (L’dor Vador)” offers the reassurance that “the light in us shines on and on.” “Eretz’s Reel,” the album’s lone instrumental offering, is a heart-racing, fox and dogs chase with Lindberg’s sprinting banjo leading the pack. “Oseh Shalom,” sung largely in Hebrew, rings loud and passionately as a plea for peace and love. Lindberg and Zasloff close the album with Irving Berlin’s seldom-performed “Russian Lullaby,” a song Zasloff says is “very special” to her: “My grandmother Mildred, who was born in Poland, used to sing that song to my mother. And then my mother—every night—would sing it to me, as my grandmother would when I was little. It always meant so much to me because there’s something so sad and so hopeful, sweet and touching about it. It just felt the right way to end the album.” Throughout these songs, you can hear the foundational similarities between bluegrass and
Jewish traditions, notably the lure of “home,” the love of nature and the comforts of a like- minded community. Jerusalem Ridge, Rocky Top, Flint Hill and Nefesh Mountain are clearly parts of the same eternal chain.



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