A Note From Bridget Law:
What a wild and beautiful journey it has been! Co-founding, nurturing and expressing Elephant Revival has been the greatest accomplishment of my life. Witnessing you all feel the music– breathe, dance, sing, reflect and rejoice with the music– has brought me to tears of joy countless times. Eleven years ago, Elephant Revival played our first gig. Since that day, the band has been the most important thing in my life. But life has a wild way of presenting new opportunities for growth, and it is up to me to listen to my heart and fulfill the purpose of my life while I am still breathing. I will no longer be touring with Elephant Revival, full time. I am being called to give more attention to my family, my body and my personal projects. Because this band has been such a large part of my life, I will always love, support and engage with the entity and I hope to always be involved behind the scenes. There will be many occasions in the future for us to reunite our musical voices; however, for now I am turning over my full time duties to other great musical minds. I am excited to witness the space this will create in the music and the new ideas that will surface. I will miss you all very much, so please reach out and stay in touch with me. You are my tribe!
The music lives in my soul and cannot be quieted, playing music will always be a part of my life. I will continue to perform and make musical appearances, you might find me sitting in with Elephant Revival, We Dream Dawn, Bonfire Dub, Intuit, Everyone Orchestra, Keller Williams or performing with my husband in our group “Tierro with Bridget Law.” I plan to engage in the musical community more through recording sessions, speaking publicly, booking and managing bands as well as teaching, both in groups or privately. Be sure to like my personal FB page @fiddlinbridget, to connect with me and be informed on my endeavors.
Thank you deeply to all of those who have made the dream of Elephant Revival a wonderful reality! Warm, delightful gratitude to those who love the music! And thank you, sincerely, to my bandmates for being lovely creatures to play and adventure with! May the journey always be profound.~*
“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 a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose – the spirit of six souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone.
The six souls in 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); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass); Darren Garvey (percussionist).
This Nederland, Colo. band are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced – especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk.
The Indie Acoustic Music Project simply labeled their sound “progressive edge.” At least, that’s the category in which it placed the band when it gave their Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records release, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS, a best CD of 2011 award. Elephant Revival’s later THESE CHANGING SKIES (Thirty Tigers) release went on to win best CD of 2013 in the same category. It’s as good a label as any to convey what Dango Rose has described as their mission: “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.”
Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other nonprofits supporting humanitarian causes. Their very name was chosen out of empathy for a trio of zoo pachyderms who, upon being separated after 16 years, died within a few months of each other. The band related that heart-rending story during their April 2012 debut on fellow Coloradans Nick & Helen Forster’s internationally syndicated “eTown” radio show – like Elephant Revival, a blend of music and social consciousness.
Sitting in the audience during their performance, one music blogger was moved to write, “Elephant Revival serenaded the crowd with arabesque melodies, harmonies and rhythms that braided and coiled into a sublime aural tapestry. Their instrumental dynamics, verse, and even the harrowing story that inspired their appellation, invoked the majesty, mystery and sorrow of Mother Earth.”
Campout for the Cause festival organizers put it this way in an affectionate shoutout on their Facebook page. “We love Elephant Revival so much,” they wrote, “not just for their incredible music and conscious lyrics, but for their commitment to living up to the standards they set forth and setting positive examples.”
It’s a paradigm worth spreading, and that’s what Elephant Revival members intend to continue doing as they carry their music around the world, speaking one song at a time.