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Trace Bundy, a success story with core values

The crowd gathered for Trace Bundy, the "Acoustic Ninja"
The crowd gathered for Trace Bundy, the "Acoustic Ninja"
Trace Bundy

What does music have to do with politics? Not a lot. Except when you look at the core values of the artist…Christianity, family, entrepreneurship. Trace Bundy has immense talent on the acoustic guitar, but he just wants to be remembered for being a good person.

During a free show he played on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, Trace Bundy said “I don’t want people to describe me as a great guitar player, I want to be remembered for being a good person.” He’s been playing acoustic guitar professionally for 12 years (full time for 10), but his background shows you don’t always have to stick with what you started off doing, your path may wind a bit.

  • Born in Austin, MN, (where SPAM is made, which he occasionally references during his shows), moved to Buena Vista, C when he was 11.
  • When he was in high school he started playing at the only local coffee shop in Buena Vista.
  • Attended the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Taught rock and ice climbing for two years.
  • Has a master’s degree in civil engineering.
  • Taught engineering at the University of Colorado.
  • His first musical release was in 1999 with “O Night Divine” a collection of traditional Christmas songs.
  • His YouTube clips have well of twenty-one million views.
  • He’s sold over 90,000 albums, independently, as he doesn’t have a major record label.

Known as the “acoustic ninja”, Trace plays his guitar as a guitar, piano and drums, sometimes all at the same time. He doesn’t use a pick, preferring to play more complex guitar with just his fingers. His unique style got him invited to an ESPN Sport Center contest to play a new theme song for the popular sports show. He won (spring 2014).

During his shows, he is personable and tells a story before every song. He even mentions the hero’s of 9/11 who went into the World Trade Center buildings to save lives, and didn’t come out.

His success is indicative of the modern world of internet and social media. He doesn’t have the backing of a major record label, however, his popularity has exploded on YouTube and Facebook.

Elephant King is his latest release, available online, on his website, or during his shows. Check the YMCA of the Rockies website for more free concerts and activities in Estes Park.

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