Eric Sommer and The Solar Flares Clearly Visible At The Blind Tiger in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, January 11

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Eric Sommer brings his special brand of blazing Pop Americana to The Blind Tiger in Charleston, SC on Friday, January 11. SC Favorite Son (Greenville) and acclaimed bass player David Katilius joins Eric Sommer on January 11th on bass and vocals - Dave the K has been touring and recording with Eric Sommer and the Solar Flares for the past year.

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Eric Sommer comes to Charleston, SC on Friday, January 11th, and Charleston, South Carolina is in for a real treat.

Appearing on The Blind Tiger stage in Charleston, SC will be one of the finest American singers, songwriters and red-hot guitar players on the road today - Eric Sommer. Coming off a successful tour supporting their new disc "RAINY DAY KARMA", Mr. Sommer pulls into Charleston with one of the area's premier bass players and arrangers - David Katillus - in tow. Mr. Katilius - Dave the K - hails from Greenville, SC and has been one of the defining musical forces on the new record with his innovative arrangements and thoughtful, highly musical bass lines.

Mr. Katilius is the perfect foil for this remarkable guitar player and singer. Their record "RAINY DAY KARMA" is being very well received and is currently on its 4th printing; the disc is generating industry interest, getting notice in Americana circles and posting strong downloads and sales.

As founder and uber-guitar player for Boston power-pop cult band The Atomics - including shows and/or tours with The Dead Kennedys, Gang of 4, Mission of Burma and Nick Lowe bands Bram Tchaikovsky, Wreckless Eric plus acoustic acts such as David Bromberg and Jerry Douglas - Mr. Sommer appears to have come full circle back to the acoustic Americana roots he knows so well and does with skill and clarity.

The Blind Tiger date - Friday, Jan 11, 9pm - in Charleston, SC is a perfect opportunity to catch these two remarkable players. The next day finds The Solar Flares in Charlotte, NC at Smokey Joe's Cafe.

Mr. Sommer tours continuously, both as a solo performer and with his trio The Solar Flares, and does around 270 shows per year. The live show crosses between jumped-up pop (Red Queen) and moody pop ballads (White Knuckle Girls), to rocking guitar compositions (Bayou Ballet) and political commentary (Europe, Europe and Sunny Afghanistan).

"Sunny Afghanistan" is a song featured in the acoustic set that describes a mid-west ethics professor who trades in assured tenure where he teaches for a small hut in the hills near Kabul. Here he engages in arms dealing as a way to provide self-defense weapons to innocent Afghans and to restore the weapons the UN stole from the US, sold on the black market and pocketed the cash. And it's a true story.

The stage set for these live shows features 6-7 guitars, 7 small amps, a series of circuit bending pedals to manipulate the slide guitar, overtones, and feedback. In contrast to the nod to '80s wall of distortion sound is a crisp and clear finger-style guitar presentation that centers around open tunings and guitar techniques that reach across the musical spectrum to deliver a raw, indie/pop/punk sound in an acoustic format.

Mr. Sommer is also a writer and road poet, and has published two collections of verse. Included are a number of short stories about growing up in rural New Jersey, and one in particular -- "Mrs. Schmidt" -- describes a woman who lived next door to Eric Sommer and his family in Middlebush, NJ, and where "Happenings" were created by Alan Kaprow, assisted by her son Clarence Schmidt. As Mr. Sommer describes in detail, every major artist came through her kitchen -- Jim Dine, Red Grooms, Claus Oldenberg, Bob Rauschenberg -- and he watched it all from the stool next to the kitchen table.

Ruth Schmidt and her kitchen were the subject of a sculpture by Eric Segal that is currently in The Whitney Museum, New York City.

Red Chairs and Black Pancake are two collections of poetry and prose from this multi-talented artist, and contain 10-15 written pieces each.

Mr Sommer will be available to sign photos, CDs, posters, T-shirts and occasional guitars. Red Chairs and Black Pancake will be available as well. You can preview some of the material online at the Eric Sommer website.

Eric Sommer is represented by Clyde is Thinking, and PR programs are managed thru MTGNY; Clyde is Thinking is a small boutique management agency located in London with US offices around the United States. You can contact Mr. Sommer at 202-255-1995 or email him thru CIT at eric(at)ericsommer(dot)com.

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