blairstown revival

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I’ve always admired this guy I know who thinks nothing of eating dinner alone at a restaurant.  The more I think of the idea of it, the more I wonder why I ever thought it was such a big deal.  Think about how many things you do solo.  A lot, right?  So why not go eat dinner by yourself if you go shopping by yourself?  Why not eat dinner by yourself if you go to a museum by yourself?  Why not do the things you want to do even if you have to do them by yourself?  That’s why I went to a concert all…by…myself.

MoBoogie featured a video of Elephant Revival quite some time ago.  Since then, I have been hooked on this eclectic Coloradan folk music.  Remember this post?  Bonnie Paine (the most fitting moniker) the lead vocalist, easily seduces you with her modest charm and entrancing washboard (and musical saw) rhythms.  Her voice has tones of Jewel, Alison Krauss, and Grace Slick that together, traps you in a vivid lullaby.  Bridget Law brings the room to life with her quick fingers on the fiddle.  Oh, she sings, too.  In fact, every single band member plays multiple instruments–incredibly well–and sings in their own, sort of romantic way.  Singularly they are good, but together, especially during an instrumental, they are great.

On February 27, Elephant Revival played nearly a three hour set to a cozy Historical Blairstown Theater in Blairstown, NJ.  It was a treat to have John Skehan of Railroad Earth, join for a few songs!  This is a humble band that has so much natural talent that you must go to a live performance to get a handle on how good they truly are.  Between the old theater’s allure, the eccentric and welcoming crowd, and the music, the night was a very special experience.  So, hey, go do something by yourself.

-j

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