Eric Sommer and The Solar Flares Catch Fire on January 12th at Smokey Joe's in Charlotte, NC

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Eric Sommer and the Solar Flares bring their blazing brand of Pop Americana to Charlotte, NC on January 12, 2013. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" will host Eric Sommer and The Solar Flares on Saturday, January 12th for one show only; Eric Sommer and The Solar Flares are coming off the release of their new CD "Rainy Day Karma" and a string of successful radio and festival appearances.

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Burlington, Vermont... Devils Bowl, outdoor concert

Eric Sommer and The Solar Flares never confuse looking good with being good.

And following that philosophy, Eric Sommer and The Solar Flares come to one of Charlotte's most fabled dives, a topsy-turvy, ramshakle roadhouse in the truest sense of the word, a bit off the beaten path, but possessing the important things to musicians who care - a great stage, world-class sound, a loyal, local audience and a kickass sound engineer named "Hooter"... who knows more about the local music scene than anyone in The Queen City.

This singer and guitar player is working harder than ever in 2013, and brings his show - and bassist Dave the K - to Smokey Joe's Cafe in Charlotte, NC on January 12th, 2013. The success of the record release is bringing a lot of national and international attention to this songwriter. Mr. Sommer is a very accomplished songwriter and lyricist and one of the premier acoustic players in the business.

At the Smokey Joe's Cafe show on January 12th, Eric Sommer & The Solar Flares will play the songs off their new record RAINY DAY KARMA, including the songs RED QUEEN and SUNNY AFGHANISTAN, as well as their acoustic slide version of BROWN BAG AND A BLOWTORCH.

Also on the set list will be new songs on their follow-up record including Brooklyn Bridge and Death Ray Cataclysm. This new disc is scheduled for early Summer 2013 Release.

  • EUROPE, EUROPE is a single off the new record and has generated a lot of interest as well as a certain amount of controversy: the song casts the fall of Europe and the EU as a direct result of embracing the American Cultural Tornado without having the Democratic-style political structures to support it.
  • SUNNY AFGHANISTAN has been a cult favorite on the college circuit this fall. The song describes a college Ethics professor who gave up tenure and a teaching position at a Mid West College, moved to Kabul, Afghanistan to become an arms dealer as a way to support the innocent Afghan civilians who are defending themselves with whatever they can find. The UN was supplied arms by the US to distribute to the local groups. But instead, the UN kept them and sold them on the black market and pocketed the cash. True story.

There are 11 songs on this new record RAINY DAY KARMA, and they combine all the skills this band has. The record was recorded in Pittsburgh at 20 Cedar Studios, mastered in Dormont, PA and vocals were mixed and mastered in Nashville by Jeff Silverman at Pallette Productions.

Eric Sommer has been in the music business and on the national scene for some time - he started in the Boston area and has played with John Mayall, Leon Redbone, Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Chris Smither, Little Feat, Nick Lowe bands Wreckless Eric and Bram Tschaikovsky, Dead Kennedys, Buddy Guy, Randy Hanson, David Bromberg... to name but a few. He has an on-going electronic music project with The Wholeheart and interests in a number of folk and film festivals nationally.

For Music Samples and additional schedules please visit CDBaby or Eric Sommer online or contact him at eric(at)ericsommer(dot)com or call 202-255-1995. Additionally, you find Eric Sommer on Facebook under ERICSOMMER MUSIC..

Eric Sommer is represented by Clyde is Thinking, and PR programs are managed thru MTGNY; Clyde is Thinking provides management, scheduling and tour support

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