eric sommer

eric sommer

 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

This multi instrumentalist bad boy could easily be a superstar in his own right but he seems to be under the spell of Holy Modal Rounders, Guy Clark and others that could have really made it but seemed to make an effort not to. He has what it takes to be a massive, under the radar treat. Singer/songwriter? Rocker? Folkie? He's got all the bases covered and has back-up in place to insure no errors are made. Killer stuff you have to be a grinch to dislike, this cat is the real deal throughout.


"If there's a place for musical perfection, it's wherever you'll find Eric Sommer - A blistering acoustic style plus a variety of slide and open tuning formats will knock you for a loop..." wrote Studdie Burns, Melody Hut UK in 2013. "How one guy can do this so well is remarkable, but if you look a little deeper there's a batch of road miles around this lad... and it all makes sense."

Texas, Oklahoma and Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and... points universal - it's safe to say this writer and creative musical iconoclast is slowly making his way all around the coffee pot... and appearing - and making diehard fans - everywhere!

Eric started his musical career in the Boston area and has been a regular player on many national tours and showcases. He worked in Europe for two years with Nick Lowe and acts Bram Tchaikovsky and Wreckless Eric on Danish, German and British rock stages, returned to Boston and formed The Atomics, a cult power-pop band in South Boston. His influences are as diverse as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Steve Howe and The Ramones. Mr. Sommer's current project with power trio "The Solar Flares" shake up Chet Atkins and David Bromberg influences with those of Randy Travis and British Rocker Elvis Costello - a remarkable mix.

He has been on the road, in the studio, on stage, in front of or behind Jerry Douglas, Leon Redbone, John Mayall, Dr. John, David Bromberg, Andy McKee, John Hammond Jr., too many to name...

With open tunings, slide guitar, lap-slap tone guitar and a remarkably aggressive fingering style approach, watching Eric Sommer will make you jump out of your seat and holler for joy! There are very few players who have maintained this authentic American style of guitar and Eric Sommer is one of the very best.


Studio Records:


Recorded Live DVD's
LIVE IN AUSTIN / Firehouse Lounge

Set List

That Car Won’t Drive
Doin’ Wrong
White Knuckle Girls
Europe, Europe
Panic in Passaic
Brooklyn Bolero
HS Confidential
Ashtray Vision
In a Dream
Brown Bag and a Blow Torch
Television Girls
Bronco Metallic
Can’t Scream
Bad Case of Love
Death Ray Cataclysm
I Caught a Cab
Do Re Me
Cover My Soul

Thinking of You
Shake Your
Slippin’, Sliddin’

I Walk the Line
Swingin Doors, A Jukebox...

Little Martha
Sittin’ on Top of the World
Move it on Over
C’mon in to my Kitchen
Goin’ to New York

I Ain’t Got You
Bad case of Love
I Fought the Law
Rocket 88

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