Athens, OH (PRWEB) January 21, 2014
Pop Americana Artist Eric Sommer finds his way back to Texas and back to a series of shows at familiar venues. New shows and new dates in Texas mean more exposure and many more fans for this singer, songwriter, exceptional guitar player, traveling poet and author.
While most singer/songwriters drift along on the “strummin’ and “thumbin’” highway, every now and then someone comes along who has taken that standard format and wrapped it around a whole new idea of what can be done.
Eric Sommer is a perfect example in so many ways.
Mr. Sommer has turned a simple strumming style into what may very well be the next big thing: an explosive and dramatic free-form style and, in the process, he's become one of the finest free-form pickers anywhere, borrowing from Steve Howe, Doc Watson and turning out a style that is almost impossible to copy, and it is authentically unique.
The free-form guitar style utilizes an original and explosive fret approach – using every fret on the neck and re-tuning on the fly, bending the neck and slapping the strings, sound holes, guitar tops and sides.
But Eric Sommer does more – a wide variety of open tunings, a range of guitars and a collection of small, wonderfully obscure vintage guitar amps add to the presentation. And seeing Mr. Sommer work all these elements in a live show is something audiences remember for years.
The current show schedule is featured below – shows will be added as the dates approach, and the additions are listed online at the Eric Sommer web site.
January 31 – The House of Blues, Dallas, Texas
February 1 – The Speakeasy, Austin, Texas
February 5 – The Triple Crown, Austin, Texas
February 8 – The Speakeasy, Austin, Texas
February 22 – In The Music Room, Waxahachie, Texas
Additional Tour Dates and Ticketing Info can also be found at Pollstar.
One of the noticeable standouts in any Eric Sommer show is the on-the-fly improvisational approach to many of the breaks, solo sections and dramatic lulls in an "audio-wash, wall-of-sound" presentation.
The combination of raw amp feedback cycled with acoustic guitar overtones that seem to merge in the air is a remarkable process to experience.
Mr. Sommer has been taking notes and writing down his thoughts and observations for a number of years – RED CHAIRS and BLACK PANCAKE are the result – two collections of stories, prose and commentary on life, looking around the corners and where to look for happiness and oil-change coupons.
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 2 years 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 Elvis Costello - a remarkable mix.
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.
For music samples, please visit Eric Sommer online for additional schedules or contact him at eric(at)ericsommer(dot)com or call 202-255-1995. Additionally, you can find Eric Sommer on Facebook, too. RAINY DAY KARMA is also available on iTunes and CDBaby.
Eric Sommer is represented by Clyde is Thinking, and PR programs are managed thru MTG/NY; For more information, promo/appearance requests or to set up an interview, please contact Tom Monihan 202-255-1995.