Frank Viele
Frank Viele
Courtesy of Shervin Lainez , used with permission.

Frank Viele sings with such urgency that it is as if his very soul hangs in the balance of every note. His ravaged, blue collar vocals convey a poignant desperation. But he’s not a victim, he’s a victor, an advocate for surviving, a champion to all who have sacrificed and struggled just to get by. In fact, Frank was recently featured in “No Depression” where he was called “the quintessential ‘weekend warrior,’ working at his full-time day job during the week and still managing to squeeze in over 100 tour dates each year.”

Currently Viele is on the road, opening for the “Night Like This” U.S. Tour of Allen, Mack, Myers, Moore, the new supergroup led by Zach Myers of Shinedown and members of Ingram Hill.

Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, this former jam band leader (Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project) earned his reputation while performing on major festival bills with such genre icons as moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Keller Williams, Karl Denson, Ozomatli, Railroad Earth, and many others. At the 2014 New England Music Awards, he was named “Live Act of the Year.”

On April 7, this award-winning artist released his debut solo full-length, Fall Your Way via Horizon Music Group. The album was produced by Vic Steffens (Harry Connick Jr., Sly Stone, Lita Ford, The Blues Brothers, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Bobby Brown) and it features a stellar lineup of musicians including the legendary blues great Joe Bonamassa along with members of New England’s “new funk” fusion group Kung Fu and Emmy-winning jazz-blues sax and trumpet player Bill Holloman (Chic, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Steve Winwood).

Many of the songs on the album rose from the inner turmoil of a tough relationship where the artist found himself being forced to choose between love and career. In an interview with “Rust Magazine” Viele was asked about his song entitled “Alexa” and he responded, “Women are like Rubik’s Cubes to me. They are simply puzzles that I cannot figure out ... On the whole however, this is a sweet song about trying to make it through the rocky parts of a relationship. Whether it’s pursuing a career or following a dream, the go-go lifestyle most of us tend to fall into will, from time to time, get in the way of the little moments in life that mean so much.”

Frank defines what he does as “new music with an old soul.” For more information on his life and adventures, visit his website, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Current list of tour dates (* denotes opening for Allen, Mack, Myers, Moore):

April 22 - Cranston, R.I. - Oak Bar & Grill*

April 23 - Philadelphia Pa. - Bull Shooters Saloon*

April 24 - Baltimore Md. - Baltimore Soundstage*

April 25 - Wilmington N.C. - Cardinal Bands & Billiards*

April 26 - Concord N.C. - Iron Thunder Saloon*
April 27 - Savannah, Ga. - Rachael’s 1190*
April 28 - Woodstock, Ga. - Jump Kitchen*
April 30 - Marietta Ohio - Adelphia Music Hall*
May 1 - Newport, Ky. - Thompson House*
May 2 - Elizabethton, Tenn. - Bonnie Kate Theatre*

May 3 - Bowling Green Ky. - Spillway Bar and Grill*
May 9 - Winooski, Vt. - Monkey House
May 16 - Bethany, Conn. - Locapalooza
May 24 - Greenfield, Ma. - Strangecreek Campout
June 20 - Bangor, Maine - Hollywood Casino
June 21 - Shelton, Conn. -Soupstock
June 24 - New Haven, Conn. - Twilight Concert Series