The five souls of Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox), 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). The band is based in Nederland, Colo., and plays a groove containing elements of gypsy, Celtic, American, and folk genres, in a sound that has been described as “arabesque melodies, harmonies and rhythms that braided and coiled into a sublime aural tapestry.”
The band has twice won the Indie Acoustic Music Project’s “Best CD of the Year” award in the category of “progressive edge” — in 2011 for their Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records release “Break in the Clouds,” and in 2013 for their Thirty Tigers release “These Changing Skies.”
Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as Conscious Alliance; Calling All Crows; Trees, Water & People, and other nonprofits that support humanitarian causes. The band’s name was chosen out of empathy for a pair of zoo elephants who, upon being separated after living together for 16 years, died soon after, on the same day as each other.
Campout for the Cause festival organizers noted, “we love Elephant Revival so much, not just for their incredible music and conscious lyrics but also for their commitment to living up to the standards they set forth and setting positive examples.” Elephant Revival believes that this is a paradigm worth spreading.