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Exclusive Song Premiere: John Mark Nelson “Shorebird”

Today we’re premiering a track from Minneapolis-based musician John Mark Nelson.

The song, “Shorebird,” is a beautifully executed piece of folk-pop songwriting.

Nelson’s whispered vocals glide across the lush instrumentation of acoustic guitar, sparse percussion, pedal steel and cello.

Simple in its approach and production, “Shorebird” still possesses all the charm to totally captivate the listener.

The song appears on Nelson's third full length, Sings The Moon, an album that manages to play out like the score of a film, with each track blending directly into the next.

Nelson shares, "Sometimes the best way to let something go is to put it down on paper, or trap it in a melody. Shorebird is a song about the people and and places I have had to let go of, and the hope that they might return in the next season."

Listen to “Shorebird” right here:

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Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to (opens in new tab), Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (opens in new tab), she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.