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Multi-genre-dabbling folk ensemble Elephant Revival formed in Nederland, Colorado in 2006. The group formed when five multi-instrumentalists came together to create a breed of folk-based music that fearlessly took cues from unlikely influences such as jazz, traditional Celtic music, reggae, indie rock, and even hip-hop rhythms. The original players included vocalist/auxiliary instrumentalist Bonnie Paine, bassist/vocalist Dango Rose, guitarist/electric banjo player Sage Cook, violinist/vocalist Bridget Law, and guitarist Daniel Rodriguez. All of the members of Elephant Revival contributed to the group's eclectic songwriting process as well as the vocal arrangements. The band played sporadically for a few years before issuing its self-titled debut album in 2008, following it with Break in the Clouds in 2010. The entirely analog-recorded EP It's Alive arrived in 2012. A year later, third full-length These Changing Skies appeared, followed by Sands of Now in 2015. Charlie Rose officially took over for Cook on banjo before the quintet worked with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim) on their fifth album, Petals. A reflective set tied to themes of time, memory, and the life cycle, it was released in 2016. ~ Fred Thomas