Bonnie and Annie Paine perform “Cardinal” at Second Story Garage.
Sisters Bonnie and Annie Paine have been playing music together since they were kids growing up in Tahlequah, Okla., where in their youth they performed with revered fiddler Randy Crouch. Bonnie is best known as a member of the Nederland new-folk band Elephant Revival while Annie plays bass with Meandering Orange in Oklahoma. Annie was visiting Colorado during the holidays, and the sisters swung by the Second Story Garage studio to tape a session for us.
They provided some of the most delicate music the studio has heard. Bonnie’s voice is a haunting instrument that exposes emotions in raw aural form. From the moment she began to sing, the studio took on a hushed, sanctuary-like atmosphere. She can sing just about any lyric and make it sound profound. She played guitar in a restrained style that matched her vocal delivery, and Annie supplied a subtle bass accompaniment. It was a real family session — the Paine sisters brought their father, Michael, along with them to the studio.
If you like what you hear, check out Elephant Revival’s latest recording, “It’s Alive.” There’s more information at at www.elephantrevival.com and also check out Meandering Orange on Facebook.