It seems unlikely that a washboard would be the thing to set a band apart. But that’s kind of the case with indie-folk act Elephant Revival. Bonnie Paine’s washboard gives the band its shimmying percussive sound. There’s also an odd and magnetic quiver to her voice. But it’s also about the contributions of the rest of the Nederland, Col.-based quintet: Bridget Law (fiddles), Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass), Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo) and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass) — all together they add up to pure magic. And while the band taps influences of Celtic, Americana and gypsy music, their mission, according to Rose, is “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.”
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