A Songwriter Released A Concept Album About National Parks, Including Mammoth Cave

A Cincinnati songwriter is traveling the country and writing tracks about different national parks, and Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave made the inspirational cut for his first album, Trailsongs: Volume 1.

Kendall Bruns will officially release the 10-song album on Oct. 29, but three singles are currently available, including “Life In The Dark,” an anxious indie-pop tune about Mammoth Cave. 

On his inspiration for the album, Bruns told this to Cincinnati’s alt-weekly CityBeat (LEO’s sister paper): “I was like, ‘This is a project I can do myself.’ I realized that I had written songs when I was 16, 17, 18, that were inspired by trips to Smoky Mountains National Park, but I just hadn’t put that frame around it of, ‘This is a thing I’m doing.’ I also love high-concept stuff. I love that Sufjan Stevens did a 50-state thing, even though he never really did it.”

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The album was mixed and mastered by Mike Montgomery at Candyland Recording Studio in Dayton, Kentucky. 

To read the full profile of Bruns in CityBeat, click here.

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