Fall bluegrass festivals are usually pretty perfect no matter where you are. There's that cool heaviness in the air and the crisp laughter of folks coming together to enjoy the natural sound of bluegrass. This year's Hillberry Music Festival in Eureka Springs, AR was no exception. The stellar lineup and fantastic scenery compelled people from all over the U.S. to travel to Arkansas for a weekend of music and meaningful experiences.
On a fine day in September, Grateful Web’s Michelle Miesse sat down with Elephant Revival's Bridget Law to discuss her inspirations, what it feels like to play alongside a symphony and some of the best things she’s learned recently. An inspiration in the folk and fiddle worlds, Law seems naturally drawn to humanitarianism and music.
GW: So where are you today?
Progressive indie-folk quintet Elephant Revival is teaming up with NNIRR to raise awareness and understanding of the current refugee and immigrant crisis happening around the world and in our own country. The group makes a clear statement with the first music video from their acclaimed album Petals with the track “When I Fall.”
All proceeds from the Pay-What-You-Can donation link to download the audio track will be donated directly to NNIRR.
In anticipation of the April 1 release of Elephant Revival’s new album, Petals, Grateful Web chatted with Bonnie Paine to learn more about the production of the album, the band’s future and Bonnie’s dreams for her own future.
Beautiful and inspiring as ever, Petals is an album you won’t want to miss. And maybe with this interview you can listen to it more deeply and with a better understanding of how it all came together.
When Elephant Revival took to the studio in Maine to record their 4th LP – Petals(Thirty Tigers), with Josh Ritter’s long time collaborator and producer Sam Kassirer, it would be the first time doing so without founding member and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sage Cook. It would also be the band’s studio introduction of Charlie Rose who stepped in Sage Cook’s place following his departure. For the uninitiated, Elephant Revival is a self-described Transcendental Folk Quintet band