Joey (Yosef) Newcomb, a rising star of the kumzitz and inspirational concert circuit, says that his trademark guitar notwithstanding, he never actually took music lessons. “But as a teenager, I attended yeshivah Shaarei Arazim in Monsey [a niche yeshivah for different types of bochurim focusing on and building their individual strengths] and over there it was like everyone played guitar. I picked up a lot from them.” Enough, apparently to play his own accompaniment on his debut album To Be a Yid — which feels a bit like its own multi-track kumzitz.