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Elephant Revival


Nederland band the Elephant Revival is playing Red Rocks on August 29, opening for bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles. Playing Red Rocks is always going to be special for a local group, so we spoke about it all with singer and fiddle player Bridget Law.N

Yellow Scene: We spoke to you guys a year ago – what have you been up to in the past 12 months?

Bridget Law: It’s been an exciting year. We recorded out Boulder Theater shows last year and released them as a live CD/DVD combination album, and it’s really neat. Everybody that’s heard it so far has been raving about it, so I’m really happy we were able to give that to everyone. We just did some spring touring, and we’re about to head out to the north-east for the Newport Folk Festival. Then we will start making our new album. We did have a lineup change which made it intense but it’s all smoothing out now. Sage Cook decided to not tour with us – he’s in Kansas now and working on his own project, We Dream Dawn. Charlie Rose jumped on board with us and he’s been friends with us since the beginning, so we’ve had a great time deepening that friendship. Working with that transition has been an evolution of sorts. It’s been good.

YS: Sands of Now sounds immense. Are you pleased with it?

BL: Yeah, I really am. I think it’s really neat. I feel like it’s a bit of a commemorative album for the first decade of our band, in a way. Who knows what the future holds – anything’s possible. But that particular piece of work is exemplary of the five of us with Sage and all the hard work that we put into the music. It just showcases that in the live setting. I’m really pleased with it. Family members that have given it a listen say it brings tears of joy to them. I think music that moves you is good music.

YS: Are you looking forward to the Red Rocks show, and does it mean more to play that venue when you’re local?

BL: Absolutely. I would assume so. I’m super-stoked for the Red Rocks show. I love the lineup. I’m a big fan of Shakey Graves and Trampled by Turtles. I’m really happy to be returning to Red Rocks because, for a local kid growing up, who would have thunk you’d make it to Red Rocks? The first time, it was a dream and this time I’m really looking forward to being there. It’ll still be a dream, but also I’ll be present in that incredible setting. I’m really excited for that. Lots of family and friends coming out.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

BL: I think we’ll figure out what we can do to make it a really special show. I feel like we are about to make a new studio album, and I think that the music will evolve in the next couple of years. We sure have a great batch of tunes that we’ve been playing for the last couple of years. I’ll look forward to playing our signature songs and also some new stuff. We’ll just bring it. Hopefully we’ll have some acrobats if we can work out the logistics of that. Have a beautiful celebration of Colorado living and music in the great outdoors.

YS: When that show’s over what’s next?

BL: Well, we’ll finish up the studio album, we’re gonna do a west coast run, we’ll do a big east coast tour the beginning of November, and then we’ll do our annual, hometown holiday play in early December at the Ogden. That’s always a special show for us.

Elephant Revival plays with Trampled by Turtles and Shakey Graves at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 at Red Rocks; 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison; 720-865-2494; $40-$45.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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