Sense Of Place Minneapolis: John Mark Nelson : World Cafe Hear a live set from a young singer-songwriter who's thrived in the Twin Cities music scene.

Sense Of Place Minneapolis: John Mark Nelson

John Mark Nelson On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "After All I've Done"
  • "Holes In Our Skin"
  • "Dream Last Night"
  • "That's What You do"

John Mark Nelson released his first album independently while he was still a junior in high school. Local radio, including The Current, embraced his song "Reminisce" — an encouraging start for a musician who'd already found the sound he wanted in his head. Nelson's new album, I'm Not Afraid, is his fourth, and his first since signing with GRNDWIRE Records. Nelson has thrived in the supportive Twin Cities music scene, and is ready for a wider audience.

Hear John Mark Nelson's conversation with World Cafe, download his performance of "What You Do," and check out his list of local recommendations on this page.

John Mark Nelson's Local Favorites

Brasa Rotisserie
Merlin's Rest Pub
Five Watt Coffee
Bull Run Coffee Bar
Spyhouse Coffee Roasters
Mickey's Diner
Al's Breakfast


John Mark Nelson, "That's What You Do" (Recorded Live For World Cafe)

Episode Playlist