Most of the indie artists I feature are singers and songwriters. Sure, the majority play their own instruments as well, but not too many perform as only instrumentalists. But a guitar player might be more than just a guitar player when his fan-given nickname is “The Acoustic Ninja.”
Trace Bundy grew up in Buena Vista, Colorado, and started playing guitar when he was around eleven years old. He never took lessons as a child, but loved to play and taught himself. He started playing at the local coffee shop when he was in high school, and played with friends in college. Also while at school in Boulder, Bundy took some music theory classes. Wanting to apply what he was learning, he began tinkering around with writing his own music.
Perhaps the most telling part of Bundy’s bio reads: “I stopped using a pick when I realized I could play more complex music using all five of my fingers.” It is this technique that enables him to play really complex arrangements in a solo show. His playing skills earned him an award for “Most Promising New Talent” of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine – and the nickname “The Acoustic Ninja” from his fans.
While earning lots of local fans, Bundy continued to work towards a Masters degree, and was even a professor at CU for a few years. He released three albums on his own label, and has sold 67,000 of them to date. Although he’s only been a full time musician for a short time now, he’s played with the likes of Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Judy Collins, and David Knopfler.
Trace Bundy makes his way to Nashville tomorrow, Saturday, October 29th. If you want a small taste of his unique style, check out the video at left.
What: Trace Bundy
When: Saturday, October 29th at 7pm
Where: The Listening Room