Guitarist, singer, and record producer Freddie Nelson came to international attention in 2008 when he collaborated with virtuoso guitarist Paul Gilbert (of Racer X and Mr. Big) on the CD "United States". Together they wrote, performed, and produced the recording that was released in 2009 on Mascot Records U.S.A. They toured Japan and Europe in 2009 promoting the CD.
"Guitarist Paul Gilbert and vocalist Freddie Nelson fit together like peanut butter and jelly: 'United States' is a collaboration of impressive, irrepressible and catchy rock and roll numbers that was destined to be made." - Craig Hartranft of Danger Dog Music Reviews 05/17/2009
Nelson, who began playing guitar at age 11, is known in Pittsburgh as a long time member of the 1980s hard rock band Triple X. Triple X formed in 1987 with Fred "The Shred" Nelson, Scott Bender, Jim Luther and drummer Chris Procopio. They won the first Pittsburgh Music Award for "Best Metal Band" in 1989 and repeated in 1990. Triple X played thousands of gigs, went through numerous line-up changes, but never landed a record deal. After the break up of Triple X in 1994 Nelson formed his own popular band Too Tall Jones. Working at Soundscape studios Freddie has also produced the CDs of many Pittsburgh area artists including singer Mike Stout.