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Nicole InglisSteamboat Springs Pilot & Today
Stewart Oksenhorn/The Aspen Times
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Bridget Law was on an airplane several years ago listening to the pop music pumping through the speakers, and it angered her. The normally soft-spoken Colorado native’s voice rose as she recalled how that feeling spawned a desire to be part of a meaningful and collaborative musical experience. “Here is this opportunity to speak to millions of people, and they’re playing junk,” she said. “I had this motivation to purify pop music. I wanted to go out there and make music that has meaning and make it popular.”Four years ago, Law found her place as one fifth of Elephant Revival, a gypsy-folk, neo-acoustic band from Nederland known for its exemplification of the genre known as “transcendental folk.” The band’s songs have a delicate essence, carefully written and wrought with spirituality and reverence for the natural world.”Obviously we have women in our band, but there’s a quality of femininity and sensuality that really comes out,” Law said. “It’s not like we’re playing girly music, but we’re willing to go to a more emotionally healing place musically.”The band comprises Law on fiddle and vocals; Bonnie Paine on vocals, washboard, djembe and musical saw; Sage Cook on electric banjo and guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola and vocals; Dango Rose on double bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals; and Daniel Rodriguez on acoustic guitar, electric banjo and guitar and vocals.They play in State Bridge today along with DeVotchKa, Gregory Alan Isakov and Katlyn Dawn.Every song a mantraIt was a long and serendipitous road that brought the group together, including meeting at various music festivals, late-night campfire jams and a separation followed by a realization the group was meant to be together. Its members reunited as friends – and romantic couples for some of them – in October 2006.Paine and Law have a particular bond: The delicate brunettes look as if they could be sisters.”We’re soul sisters. It was pretty instantaneous,” Law said. “We were like, ‘Wow, you seem like so much fun,’ and we started traveling and playing music together right away. There’s a sisterly connection that she and I have that is extremely powerful in my life.” In addition to playing and writing music as a group, the band is interested in all forms of meditation and yoga. Its members gravitate toward bodies of water, especially rivers, because it’s where they can find their peace on the road.And with that peace, they take to the stage to perform what Law feels is a kind of ceremony, with every song a mantra. “It’s not really for the party. It’s not to wow anybody,” Law said. “It’s to speak from our hearts and to the hearts of the people listening. It’s more about the love than anything else.”I’d love it if people were finding healing or going inside and finding a piece of their soul in each of our songs.”


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