JOHN MARK NELSON’S I’M NOT AFRAID OUT NOW ON GNDWIRE RECORDS
SHOWS CONFIRMED IN PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK
FEATURED AS A WORLD CAFÉ NEXT ARTIST TO WATCH, NEW IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE AT THE CURRENT
“…amped up his sound (literally), producing his most accessible album yet, a record that belongs on the radio and all our earbuds.” —The Current
“…thoughtful songwriting and meticulous arrangements..” —American Songwriter
“Young Minnesotan singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson has accomplished more in 21 years than some artists do in a lifetime.” —Paste Magazine
“…the new record pushes the boundaries of his music well past the lyrical focus of his previous albums.” —UTNE Reader
John Mark Nelson’s new album, I’m Not Afraid, is out today on GNDWIRE Records via Thirty Tigers (iTunes). In celebration of the release, Nelson will perform special shows at Philadelphia’s World Café Live and New York’s Mercury Lounge this fall. See below for complete details.
Released to widespread acclaim, City Pages praises, “I’m Not Afraid is the best thing Nelson’s ever put out. He’s always delivered sophisticated lyrics and arrangements, but this time his writing joins taut cohesion and incredible production,” while AllMusic asserts, “…a warm, easy listen that plays to Nelson’s strengths as a writer of tight, effective songs that target the pleasure centers directly as opposed to any sort of delayed gratification.” Nelson is also currently featured as a “World Café Next” artist to watch and recently performed at new in-studio session at Minneapolis’ The Current.
Recorded at The Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis, the 10-track album was produced by Nelson along with Jacob Hanson. Of his inspiration behind the album, Nelson comments, “When I sat down and started recording new sounds and ideas, something clicked inside me. While my previous material had been driven by emotive concepts and lyrical motifs, the new material seemed to be guided by rhythm, energy, and attention grabbing sounds. Song after song poured out, and flowed into one another in a cohesive way. Fueled by darker guitar tones, bold drum sounds, and faster tempos, I’m Not Afraid, feels like the first sentences of a new artistic chapter.”
The record is the first release on GNDWIRE (pronounced “Ground Wire”) Records, which was recently founded by Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett along with Mark Gehring. Of Nelson, Simonett adds, “He is one of the most creative and musically motivated artists I’ve come across. This record is not only musically wonderful, but it is a front to back record in the classic sense. It exists as not a glued together package of songs, but as a single cohesive piece of art and that makes me very excited.”
For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753, Jake Lanier 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.
I’M NOT AFRAID TRACK LIST
1. After All I’ve Done
2. Dream Last Night
3. I’ll Give You More
4. Holes In Our Skin
5. I’m Not Afraid
6. A Hundred Orchards
9. That’s What You Do
10. I Won’t Win (If I Let You In)
JOHN MARK NELSON CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
October 26 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
October 27 /// New York, NY /// Mercury Lounge