Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy released his long-awaited fifth full-length studio album, Elephant King, with United Interests on May 1, 2012. With a return to the raw acoustic clarity of Adapt and the mature melodic writing of Missile Bell, Elephant King is an intimate collection of eleven new songs that feature his best work to date. The album contains a bonus DVD of live songs from his latest concert in Boulder, Colorado, filmed at the majestic Boulder Theater.
Trace drew upon his childhood interest in elephants, as well as his unique personal experiences: "I was fascinated with elephants when I was a kid, and I've had a few run-ins with them. I was chased by them - twice actually," says Bundy, "once while hiking in Gabon, and once on a South African safari." Bundy has since developed a reverence for their power and humility.
Known to his fans as "The Acoustic Ninja," Trace Bundy sells out shows across 21 countries with his rare combination of his jawdroppingly difficult arrangements of expert capo and fingerpicking techniques. His success was built upon connecting with fans: his videos attract over 24 million YouTube views and counting, and Trace enlisted his fans' help in naming a song off the new album ("Traverse"), posting a sample of the song online and receiving over 300 suggestions within a few days. Trace has also garnered the critical acclaim of major media outlets like 'Acoustic Guitar Magazine,' earning the title "Most Promising New Talent," and sold over 67,000 albums worldwide.
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