Ezra Lipp

Dedication. Passion. Creativity. Heart.

16 - The Subtle Magic of Bonnie Paine (of Elephant Revival)

At a given show with her band Elephant Revival, Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist Bonnie Paine can be heard playing washboard, djembe, saw, cello, stomp box, singing, or any other instrument, yet she is a musician who's heart tends to take the forefront of whatever music she is engaged in at the time. From modest roots starting in 2006 as a Folk-World-Americana collective of friends from Nederland, CO, Elephant Revival's steadfast work ethic, near-constant touring schedule and commitment to make authentic and genuine music has earned them an ever growing fanbase and many accolades in the industry; earning spots in major festivals throughout the country, headlining venues the likes of Red Rocks, and being featured in the New York Times, NPR, Guardian UK, and many other publications.

In addition to creating a unique blend of native and non-native original indie folk music that connects deeply with their listeners, Elephant Revival combines their musical efforts with endeavors to aid many humanitarian, environmental and social justice causes, working with groups like Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and others.

It was a real pleasure to chat with Bonnie who spoke candidly about her concerns and hopes for the state of the world, shared childhood stories including how a family tragedy lead to a more musical life for her and her siblings, revealed a dramatic tale of Elephant Revival's recent near-death bus fire, and much more. Please Enjoy!


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