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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Jen Miller
Smithsonian.com (24 September 2009)

“Lovers of the banjo, fiddle and mandolin blend cultural identity and religious faith to create a uniquely American sound…. This Passover, my friend Lester Feder sat at the head of his family’s Seder table, strumming away on his banjo and belting out Hebrew lyrics with a big-voiced Appalachian twang. As a bluegrass and old-time musician myself, I was familiar with Lester’s wailing sound. As a Jew, I’d been to countless Seders. But the transposition of these traditions was like nothing I’d ever imagined.”


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