Elephant Revival

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Elephant Revival
OriginNederland, Colorado
GenresScottish/Celtic, folk, bluegrass, indie rock
Years active2006-present
LabelsItz Evolving
Websiteelephantrevival.com
MembersBonnie Paine
Charlie Rose
Dango Rose
Daniel Rodriguez
Darren Garvey
Past membersSage Cook
Bridget Law

Elephant Revival is a folk music group from Nederland, Colorado, formed in 2006. The band consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, stomp box, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Charlie Rose (vocals, pedal steel, banjo, cello, trumpet, trombone), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar, vocals) and Darren Garvey (percussion).[1]

Their style of music is often referred to as "transcendental folk," which incorporates elements of Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, bluegrass,[2] and indie rock. All members of the band are multi-instrumentalists and contribute vocals and to songwriting.

Individually and collectively the band members have performed with or opened for Dispatch, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Devotchka, Michael Franti, Little Feat, Yonder Mountain String Band, Nickel Creek, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, State Radio, String Cheese Incident, Shanti Groove, Trampled by Turtles, and others.[1]

History[edit]

The band members originate from many parts of the country but have roots in both Colorado and Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Paine's hometown. Several members of the band began playing together in the summer of 2006 in various group combinations in Oklahoma and Colorado. The first show where all five members played together was in Colorado in October 2006 at the Gold Hill Inn, performing as Elephant Revival Concept. After solidifying the group, "Concept" was soon dropped from the name. Elephant Revival's debut, self-titled recording was released in 2008 and produced by David Tiller of Taarka. In summer 2010 Elephant Revival was signed to Ruff Shod Records, an independent label started by Chad Stokes of State Radio and Dispatch. Elephant Revival's second CD Break In the Clouds, also produced by Tiller, was released on November 22, 2010.[3]

On June 17, 2016 the band narrowly escaped a bus fire the morning before a show at Music at the Mill in Hickory, NC. Several unique instruments and belongings were destroyed in the fire but the band members were unharmed and played the show that night with borrowed instruments and donated clothes.[4]


On February 9, 2018 the band announced on their Facebook they would be taking an indefinite hiatus "due to family matters."[5] The majority of scheduled shows, with the exception of those listed below will be cancelled.

Remaining shows:

Feb 22 & 23 | Steamboat, CO | WinterWonderGrass

April 8 | Tahoe, CA | WinterWonderGrass

April 28 | Wilkesboro, NC | MerleFest

May 18-19 | Kansas City, MO | Bluegrass in the Bottoms

May 20 | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks with Blind Pilot and Hiss Golden Messenger[6]

Band members[edit]

Bonnie Paine during performance at The Saint, June 2011
Dango Rose with Elephant Revival at The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ, June 2011
Bridget Law with Elephant Revival in Asbury Park, NJ, June 2011
  • Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, stompboard, djembe, musical saw, cello)
  • Charlie Rose (vocals, pedal steel, banjo, cello, trumpet, trombone)
  • Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals)
  • Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar vocals)
  • Darren Garvey (percussion)
  • Bridget Law - founding member, not currently playing with the band (fiddle and vocals)
  • Sage Cook - founding member, not currently playing with the band (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals)

Discography[edit]

  • Elephant Revival (2008)
  • Break In The Clouds (2010)
  • It's Alive (EP) (2012)
  • These Changing Skies (2013)
  • Sands of Now (Live at the Boulder Theater CD & DVD set) (2015)
  • Petals (2016)

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