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Elephant Revival

Nederland, Colorado, United States | SELF

Nederland, Colorado, United States | SELF
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The Elephants are now free to roam about the country

Nederland, Colorado is high up in Rocky Mountain country, a place where people live and play in a picturesque time and space. And in this remote mountain town, there’s a unique ensemble of egoless Earth dwellers that are known around these parts as Elephant Revival.

This soulful, seductive quiver of 20-something songwriters and multi-instrumentalists reign from points across the United States. Since Oct. 2006, Dan Rodriguez, Bonnie Paine, Dango Rose, Sage T. Cook and Bridget Law have herded in a greatly applauded neo-acoustic gyptic revival at festivals, clubs, house concerts and theaters from the Rockies to the Ozarks and all points in between. The revival is totally original yet pays homage to some influences - Little Feat, The Band, Leftover Salmon, Tha Musemeant, Billie Holiday, Bonnie's mom, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Randy Crouch, Holy Modal Rounders, traditional Celtic and Scottish song-craft, Colorado bluegrass, roots reggae and mountain hip-hop.

Each Elephant possesses remarkable and uncanny vocal abilities which can be heard during every performance. The individual members also carry a vast amount of instrumental talent - Rodriguez plays a distinctive finger-style acoustic guitar while Law enchants the audience with her fiddle. Rose grooves on the upright bass and mandolin while Cook plays a variety of instruments including electric banjo, electric guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Ms. Paine channels the rhythmic mean on the washboard and djembe, and occasionally will bow an eerie yet angelic line out of the musical saw. Bonnie’s vocal prowess has been compared to the likes of Natalie Merchant and Grace Slick but her uniqueness cannot be pinned down by comparison.

Individually and collectively the band members have performed with some of the most prolific performers of our time like Michael Franti, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, members of Nickel Creek, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Hot Buttered Rum, Hackensaw Boys, New Monsoon, Railroad Earth, Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Benny Galloway, Crooked Still, Uncle Earl, The Mammals, Randy Crouch, Kirk Rundstrum, My Tea-Kind, members of String Cheese Incident, Boubacar Diebate, Tha Musemeant, Taarka, Cornmeal, High on the Hog, John Cowan and countless others in personal and public scenarios.

Just like the elephant that leaves little or no trace behind, Elephant Revival is in the process of converting their diesel powered school bus to run on vegetable oil in 2008. Also on tap this year is their debut album produced by longtime collaborator and friend David Tiller (ThaMuseMeant, Taarka), a healthy run through the summer festival circuit, and forays into the international independent film market.

So whether you need to get on the dance floor to shake off those “Jet Lag Blues” or the “Ring Around the Moon” has got you wired for sound, one Elephant Revival show will save your soul from stagnation. Or at the very least, you’ll be roaming the Rockies looking for Elephants.

-Joe Mack (Dec. 2007)
- The Current


On July 4, after the fireworks in Nederland, CO at the Shining Star Cafe, 'The Elephant Revival' will celebrate the release of their debut album.

This eclectic/blood rhythm/Celtic, Gyptic, Blue-Grass, Reggae roots band will also be celebrating the source/sauce of their musical attraction/influence.

The source/sauce of their musical attraction/influence begins with the fundamental attractiveness and talent of these prodigious song writers/musicians/singers. Dan Rodriguez, Bridget Law, Sage Cook, Dan Rose, Anna Rose Paine are all bright, shining, rising stars.

And then the angelic song and way of Bonnie May Paine is simply irresistible magic.

The career of this band has just begun. And yet 'The Elephant Revival' has already drawn communities of devotees, bands of camp followers that extends from the Rockies to the Ozarks, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

In these anxious, troubled times, as business-as-usual tethers, as people are further anxiously alienated from the source/sauce of life, from their cultural/evolutionary origins, alienated from their basic humanity the song of 'The Elephant Revival' is one of integration with blood rhythmic musical roots, the song is one of integration of experience, the song is of shamanistic healing.

The origins of this musical band's song is diverse including but not limited to Celtic (Scottish/Hebrides), Latin American, Cherokee, Progressive Blue Grass, Gypsy, Reggae, folk, rock 'n roll influences. In the totality of these influences, everyone is provided the possibility of access, can be participants in the song and the blood rhythm dance of the song, can be part of a musical community sharing intent and purpose.

In these anxious, alienated times the song of 'The Elephant Revival' is a song of hope, a song of engaging the greater and further possibilities of the end of business-as-usual and the beginning of this new age of the not-business-as-usual.

The band's vehicle is an old school bus named Bessie who has been transformed by the mechanical genius of Sage Cook into a bio-diesel powered vehicle of a hopeful future.

'The Elephant Revival' moves resonates with the political, social transformative tides of the not-business-as-usual of what comes after the ways of wretched excess, of what comes after the time when mystery can no longer be denied.

A message of the song of 'The Elephant Revival' is that we all can potentially seize this anxious, trouble day and not only survive, but elegantly, audaciously thrive.

A message of the song of 'The Elephant Revival' is that we need not be anxious, we need not be alienated, for we are all connected, we are all one, we all resonate in the song of our common, musically-integrated humanity.

The song is about the embracing of the mystery that surrounds and pervades the human condition.

This debut album is a musical photograph of 'The Elephant Revival's' vital, dynamic continuous movement in the song.

They are much greater and further along. - Sam Libby and The MountainMusic




The music of Elephant Revival will fill the slopes at Pebble Creek Sunday, July 20 starting at 6:30 pm. The Nederland , Colorado group has a large following in the area. It has been said that one Elephant Revival show will save your soul from stagnation. For this lunar evening, just two nights from the full moon, and the anniversary of man’s first walking on the moon, celebrate with their hit song, “Ring Around the Moon”. Dancing shoes are and must, and with the wild flowers finally in bloom, bring your blanket to nestle in on the slopes for a perfect view of the action and the sunset.

Concert tickets are available in advance in Pocatello at Scott's Ski and Sports, Barrie's Sports, The College Market and The Raven's Nest. Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted to the concert free of charge. If the weather is wet, the concert will take place inside the lodge

- Pebble Creek


Discography

Debut self titled studio album released July 08.' Produced by David Tiller (Taarka / ThaMusemeant) Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO.

Tracks:
1. Twelve
2. Ring Around the Moon
3. Sing to the Mountain
4. Single Beds are Made for One
5. Currach
6. Jet Lag Blues
7. Sweet Dreams
8. The Reel McKay Wedding
9. Forgiveness
10. Piper's Sun
11. Release
12. Agree
13. Every Stone
14. A' Part

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After having played nearly 150 shows in 2009, Elephant Revival is now enjoying a more laid back touring schedule close to home on the Colorado Front Range during the short days and long nights of winter. Focusing on the cultivation and integration of new music, the band is grateful to have this time in the higher elevations. The group is currently in the studio finishing up the production of their second studio album with David Tiller of Taarka, scheduled for release in late spring of 2010.

2010 Performances include: two shows at the Sundance Film Festival (UT), Winterfest on the Mountain (CO), Boulder Theater (CO), Winter Wind Concert Series (OK), Aggie Theater w/ Split Lip Rayfield (CO), Freight & Salvage (CA), The Woods w/ Scott Law (OR), MeadowGrass Festival (CO), Adam's State College Earth Day Celebration (CO), Back Hills Hemp Hoedown (SD), Oyster Ridge Music Festival (WY) to name just a few.

Elephant Revival plays a unique blend of an emerging new musical genre called Transcendental Folk. Individually and collectively the band members have performed with some of the most prolific performers of our time including Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Michael Franti, Little Feat, Yonder Mountain String Band, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Leftover Salmon, members of String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, and State Radio, among others.

The quintet can be seen delving into Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, psychedelic country, indie rock, powerful reggae grooves, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat amongst other styles. The band consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).

9 things to know about the band “Elephant Revival”

1: Number one played artist on Colorado Public Radio in Jan/Feb 2009
2. Widespread radio airplay & on – air appearances including; JPR, WMUD, KRCC,KHOL, KBAC, KVMR, KPFK, KZMU, Radio Upper Galilee – Israel, and many others…..
3: 4000+ albums sold independently in first year of release
4: The band tours in a bus fueled on recycled veggie oil
5: Performing Feb 5th @ the Boulder Theater for the "Buffalo Heart Project Benefit Show"
6: Members of Elephant Revival have performed with: Bela Fleck, George Clinton, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, members of String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others.
7: Notable festival performances include; Joshua Tree Music Festival, Mulberry Mountain, Wakarusa, Yellowstone Music Fest, Yarmony Grass, Mackinac Island Music Fest, Nederland Music & Arts Fest, Desert Rocks and many many more.
8: Bonnie Paine’s voice sounds like an Angel & she rocks the washboard!
9: You can find out so much more @ www.elephantrevival.com

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Phil Einsohn
Only the Best Booking
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"To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do"
Kahlil Gibran