“If Elephant Revival doesn’t make you smile, something is wrong with you.”
— New York Times
Elephant Revival is the collective spirit of five souls working in synergy towards a vision of joyful communion through music and dance. Their website’s opening header reads: “Where words fail… music speaks.” Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don’t understand one another’s languages, we can be moved by rhythm and soothed by song.
From Nederland, Colorado, this quintet projects a refreshing sound of joy — fusing elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country, Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, bluegrass, psychedelic country, indie rock, reggae, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat.
Elephant Revival shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants by working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other nonprofits supporting humanitarian causes.
Remembering a Beginning:
All members of the band are multi-instrumentalists who contribute original compositions and vocals. They have appeared with Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Little Feat, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident and others. The five souls in Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stomp box); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass); Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo); and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass).
Ring Around the Moon:
In 2011 and 2013 respectively, their releases Break in the Clouds, and The Changing Skies, won Best CD of the Year awards from the Indie Acoustic Music Project. Their 2015 Sands of Now, a two-disc CD and DVD set, reveals a unique and mature vision gleaned over the course of recording ten albums together.