Freddie Nelson Fights ‘Mediocre New Music’ and Makes Waves With New Album, ‘Shake The Cage’

Getting Back to Real Rock N Roll


Pittsburgh rocker Freddie Nelson is rattling the bars with his new album Shake The Cage.

It’s a rock and roll album to the core.

Watch the new video for “Hey Doll”:


“The record is called Shake The Cage, because I feel that a lot of music has become one dimensional with tools such as pitch correction and formulated songwriting.  There is no substitute for hard work and honing your craft, and it’s time to challenge mediocrity,” Nelson said.

Nelson, who’ s from Pittsburgh, will release the new album on July 7. The single is “Hey Doll.”

Nelson says he wants to inspire musicians to try not to follow the pack and break out. He says today’s music is too homogenized. But he’s no prophet.

“I let my instincts guide me,” Nelson explains, “and this album is the result of living in the moment.”

Nelson and virtuoso guitarist Paul Gilbert (of Racer X and Mr. Big) collaborated on the album United States.  They wrote, performed, and produced the recording that was released on Mascot Records and they toured Japan and Europe shortly after.

After United States, Freddie started writing and recording songs for Shake The Cage.  During this time, he was again approached by Gilbert to help arrange and write songs for Gilbert’s 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 volunteered his skills as a drummer for the project.

Freddie Nelson

Nelson has been in the music business since he was a kid and played in the East Coast hard rock band Triple X.  He had been solely a guitarist and 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. In 2001, Too Tall Jones released BiPolar, an eclectic mix of rock songs.

Shake The Cage by Freddie Nelson

You can pre-order Shake The Cage on iTunes and Amazon with instant gratification track. Limited edition hard copies available for pre-order on The single “Hey Doll” is available on all digital retail outlets.

Freddie Nelson

Album Credits: All songs written and produced by Freddie Nelson; Freddie Nelson – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, B3, Percussion; Thomas Lang  – Drums; Nina Sainato – Piano , Keyboards; Engineered by Freddie Nelson and Robby Breckinridge, Pittsburgh, PA; Mixed by Rob Hill at X Music Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Mastered by Mazen Murad at Metropolis Studios, London, UK; Photography by Tara Bennett; Art Direction by Nina Sainato; Graphic Design by Sean Montgomery


01.  Turn You On

02.  Hey Doll

03.  Light

04.  Never Fight Alone

05.  Keep Running

06.  Let You Go

07.  My Girl

08.  The Show

09.  All Night Long

10.  Monster In My Room

11.  For Those Who Die