John Mark Nelson tours with The Strumbellas, Sarah Jaffe and does headline NL dates17-11-2016
The past may be prologue, but for John Mark Nelson, the present is something else entirely: a gateway into a new era of life and the new sound that defines his new album, I'm Not Afraid. Having released two critically lauded albums of melodic, lilting folk songs at the ages of 17 and 19, Nelson, now 21, is set to take listeners on a leap forward into a new sonic landscape of propulsive rhythms and bright, complex instrumental arrangements.
The smoldering warmth and haunting beauty of Nelson's voice strings a line of continuity from his past work into the new album, as does his astute, literary songwriting . But he confesses that even in his wise-beyond-his-years, autobiographical lyrics, the album marks a passage. "I think if anything, this project–maybe even more so than a sonic departure–is a vulnerability departure," he says. "In the past my writing has, in some ways, been guarded. Now I'm putting all my cards on the table."
John Mark Nelson is touring Europe with The Strumbellas and Sarah Jaffe this month but has some headline NL dates as well:
23-NOV: Deventer @ Burgerweeshuis
25-NOV: Eindhoven @ 't Rozenknopje
26-NOV: Boskoop @ Homeconcert