Frank Dieter
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Frank Dieter

Staunton, Virginia, United States | SELF

Staunton, Virginia, United States | SELF
Solo Folk Acoustic


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"Songwriter Recognized by International Contest"

Roanoke, VA songwriter, Frank Dieter, recently received the honor of being named Finalist by the Song of the Year ( songwriting contest. Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest supporting VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation. The Song of the Year judges are some of the biggest names in music including Grammy Award winners.

Song on the Year is excited to recognize Frank for his exceptional songwriting ability for the song “My Parents Hands”. Frank competed against songwriters from all over the world for this honor. When asked what inspired the song, Frank commented that “I wanted to memorialize my deceased parents in song and used the family heirlooms that I have come to possess from their departure as the vehicle. To me, these pieces of furniture are made of more than wood and steel. I can still feel the presence of my parents and grandparents and that helps me cope with their having crossed over. In the song I speak of the influence my parents had on me and how this is being passed on to my children. I’m pleased that the judges felt the song has universal appeal.” The song can be heard on’s website at

You can find out more about Frank Dieter and his music by visiting his website or reading his profile posted at

- VH-1 Song of the Year Contest


1. Rough Cuts from the Blue Room - 2004.
2. Red Tears on a Velvet Sky - 2006.
3. More Rough Cuts from the Blue Room - 2008.
4. YouTube -



I have been performnig since the mid-1970's and consider my tunes to be "orphans" seeking a home in the hearts and minds of the listener. I assist that connection through tasteful and brief introductions. My shows are very intimate and I have little difficulty commanding the room or audience.
Influences are Tom Rush, Kristofferson, Santana, John Fogerty, any good New Age guitarist, Doc Watson, and Mississippi John Hurt. See more below:
Brief Biography

Songwriting Awards:
Three time award winner: Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (2002-04)
Two time award winner: VH-1 Song of the Year Contest (2008)

Showcase Performances:
Performed in songwriter showcases in Florida, Roanoke, VA, Northern Virginia, and NERFA 2009. Too numerous to list here; call or write for details.

Publishing Contracts & Internet Radio:
Saturday Night, penned in the early 70s, was signed to a publisher contract by Bill Danoff, founder of the Starland Vocal Band and who once performed with
John Denver.
Im An American, a protest song, is posted on Neil Youngs website Living with War Today Songs Of Our Times. Songs, bio, and fan commentary are posted to that website. See "Links" below.

Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association
Songwriters Association of Washington
The Folk Alliance

Artist in Residence: Rutherford County, NC (mid-70s)
December 2009: Mini-tour to Georgia and back
Spring 2010: Now booking a cross country tour to Oregon with shows in Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, & Portland.

Radio Play & Television Appearances:
2006 - The Hook w/Berkeley Grimball WCOM-FM (Carrboro, NC): featured artist during a half hour live broadcast.
2006 The Local Zone WUVT-FM (Blacksburg, VA): repeat performance with the trio Three Old Guys in an hour long live radio broadcast. Len Commerata, host.
2006 WYAT-TV (Martinsville, VA): Live simulcast one hour broadcast with the Three Old Guys. Also broadcast by WMVA-AM. Bill Wyatt, host.
2005 The Local Zone WUVT-FM (Blacksburg, VA): performed with the trio Three Old Guys in an hour long live radio broadcast. Len Commerata, host.
2003 Open Mic WBRA-TV (Roanoke, VA): featured performer in a half hour videotaped production that aired numerous times during the year. Chosen to be included in the best of production later in the year.