Photo Credit: Frank Vilsack


Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer Freddie Nelson came to international attention in 2009 when he collaborated with virtuoso guitarist Paul Gilbert (of Racer X and Mr. Big) on the album United States.Together they wrote, performed, and produced the recording that was released in 2010 on Mascot Records and toured Japan and Europe shortly after.

Nelson, who played his first professional show at age 11, grew up as a working musician in numerous established bands in the Pittsburgh region, including famed east coast hard rock band Triple X. During this time, his main focus was as a guitarist & songwriter, but in 2001 he stepped in front of the microphone and formed the rock band Too Tall Jones with Rusted Root bassist Patrick Norman. As a front man, Nelsons stage presence is unrivaled and his vocal timbre continuously draws comparisons to the iconic Freddie Mercury. In 2001, Too Tall Jones released “BiPolar,” and eclectic mix of rock songs ahead of its time, which ultimately caught the attention of Paul Gilbert leading to their initial collaboration and international spotlight in 2009.

After the success of United States,Freddie began fielding interest as a solo artist. In 2015 began writing and recording songs for his debut solo record, Shake The Cage.During this time, he was again approached by Paul Gilbert to help arrange and write songs for Gilberts latest solo release, I Can Destroy,produced by Kevin Shirley. During the course of the recording sessions in Los Angeles, Nelson met world renowned drummer Thomas Lang who, after hearing Nelsons solo material, volunteered his skills as a drummer for the project.

Shake The Cagewas recorded over the course of the next year and is truly a solo effort with all of the writing, producing, vocals, and instruments performed solely by Nelson, a skill set that is rarely seen in the industry today. The album is widely anticipated by fans both at home and abroad and is slated for release in the Summer of 2017.


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