Over the past few years Freddie Long, whose music is described as a "t-shirt and jeans blend of pop, rock, soul, and honesty," has come a long way in a short time, cultivating local roots into an act recognized throughout the Eastern U.S. The singer/songwriter that calls rural Frederick County, MD home has garnered numerous music awards, opened for many major national acts, had music placed in a popular arcade game, and secured a corporate promotional partnership, all in addition to recording three full albums of original material and playing hundreds of shows up and down the eastern half of the US.
Their story began as such: Fresh out of Lebanon Valley College and looking to continue his career in music with a larger live arrangement, songwriter/performer Freddie Long began to audition musicians for a full band, finding some of the most talented players in his area. Long and the other members had found something special--they were already gigging at popular clubs and festivals and receiving many positive responses within the first few weeks of playing together.
Long has been turning heads and ears ever since, charming listeners across the Mid-Atlantic with his catchy and introspective music. Along his busy touring schedule, Long has performed on commercial TV and radio and has shared stages with many popular regional and national acts including Motley Crue, Poison, Bad Company, Jo Dee Messina, Edwin McCain, Blue Oyster Cult, Orleans, Jimmie‘s Chicken Shack, Shooter Jennings, Blind Melon, Pat McGee, Mark Bryan (of Hootie and the Blowfish), Scott Ambush (of Grammy-nominated group Spyro Gyra), and several others. His band's 2007 debut independent album, entitled ‘Strangers and Friends,' has been praised by critics and fans alike and has received positive reviews in both print and online industry publications. The album won Indie-Music.com's Top 25 releases of 2007 award, as well as Indie-Music.com's Top 25 MP3s of 2007 award for the song 'Blanket'. In addition, ‘Blanket' has been featured on Six Flags Radio and The Freddie Long Band was also nominated for three 2007 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies).
in August 2009, Long and the band released a second full band album, 'Shotgun With The Devil,' an anticipated 17-track collection of new material. The new album features soulful influences and expanded arrangements, and found the band performing shows with a new lineup including a full horn section to showcase a captivatingly bigger sound. Tracks from both 'Strangers and Friends' and 'Shotgun With The Devil' were also selected for inclusion into the Golden Tee 2010 golfing arcade game, and the group received two more Wammie nominations in 2009. In addition, The Freddie Long Band was given the great honor of recording the theme song for the Frederick Keys minor league baseball team, a class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, in 2010.
Most recently, Long has released an acoustic album recorded at Rough Edges Studio in Nashville, TN with FLB guitarist Christopher Bell. Long and Bell are no strangers to the Nashville scene, having performed at many Music City writer's nights and venues, including the legendary Bluebird Café. The acoustic album, appropriated titled ‘Nashville,' features intimate and engaging acoustic tracks and was released in April 2011.
In a very short time Freddie Long made an undeniable impression up and down the the eastern part of the U.S. Long has recently relocated to Music City USA (Nashville, TN) and is in the early stages of putting together his next album, an album which will feature several well-known musical friends he has met in Nashville and along other parts of his musical journey. The coming months will see exciting collaborations, new songs, and Long bringing his unique style and influences to a new, larger Nashville audience and beyond--a big next step that has been a 'long' time coming.