Eric Sommer at Cafe Improv!
Cafe Improv is perfect for Eric Sommer, a singer, performer, and rambler. He has made music and troubadourin’ his life’s work. In true road-player fashion, Mr. Sommer is a chronicler of the common man. And one of the finest touring guitar players in the land. Guitarin’ and singin’ are this guy’s bywords. His professional tools. But seeing is believing!
And seeing Eric Sommer LIVE will make you jump out of your seat and Hollar for Joy! His sound is huge, vibrant and loaded with good energy. And he does that wherever he goes!… Which is just about everywhere!
He’s been all over the place and done just about everything! That includes tours with Nick Lowe, Steve Earl and David Bromberg. And British Pop icons Wreckless Eric and Bram Tschicovsky. For East Coast fans, Cafe Improv brings Eric Sommer to Princeton NJ on Saturday, July 29th!
And he’s got deep New Jersey roots, too. Singer, Songwriter, Road Poet? Yes, and so much more! Looking at the world thru this artist’s eyes is revealing. At times it’s an unsettling experience. His recent short stories “Cigar of Wooden Shoes”, “Ripple Effect” and “Lift Tickets, Please” have garnered literary attention. And has led to exclusive publication deals in top literary journals and reviews.And he keeps writing and publishing!
His four collections of Road Prose are available on the Ericsommer.com site. These titles include: “Red Dress“, “Blue Turtle“, “Black Pancake” and “New Debris” . All of which are available for download. New works are FREE, but legacy work requires a small donation.
Share the new record “TURNING POINT” on your playlists! Check-in at www.ericsommer.com • Merch, Schwag, and CD’s plus downloads are all available at www.ericsommer.com! And remember: Cafe Improv brings Eric Sommer to Princeton NJ !
“How do you call this sidekick to unique personalities ranging from Nick Lowe to John Koerner an underachiever? This multi-instrumentalist bad boy could easily be a superstar in his own right…” Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL
“Eric Sommer is an astounding guitar player, a virtuoso on acoustic and electric… Eric has worked with everybody who is anybody; His resume’ reads like a musical encyclopedia…” Nashville Music Reviews, Don & Sherry’s Blog
“It’s a wonderful evening whenever Eric Sommer is part of it… Not to be missed!” Austin Record, Steve Barron
Guitarin’ and Singin’ is what Eric Sommer is all about.
Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.
Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene with a vengeance, a Folk-Rock guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt, and Brit Folk legend Davy Graham. But Boston was also a hotbed of New Wave, Power Pop, and Punk at that point, and Sommer absorbed those influences as well, creating a Byrdsian jangle sound that earned him opening slots for national touring acts and regular bookings – over 40 appearances – at the renowned Paradise Theatre.
Sommer eventually relocated to Europe where he scored tours with Bram Tchaikovsky, Wreckless Eric, and Nick Lowe, calling Aarhus, Denmark, and a houseboat off the Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, home for a while. After honing his personal songwriting style and playing every conceivable club on the European circuit, Sommer returned to Boston homeless and broke but still Guitarin’ an’ Singin’!
Returning from 2 years in Arhus, Denmark, Eric was flat broke. While living on the streets and in abandoned lofts in South Boston, Sommer got things going again. He started writing and played every available open mic he could find. Along the way, he went to Berklee College of Music and studied with David Landau and Gary Burton sideman Mick Goodrick. This led to the formation of a trio called The Atomics, which offered up an American version of Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, and Nick Lowe during its very successful run and national tours.
The Atomics toured relentlessly and shared the bill with the Dead Kennedys and Gang of Four. In the process, they became one of Boston’s best local New Wave outfits. Along the way, Sommer was finding constant inspiration in the works of Jeff Beck, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, and Charlie Christian.
With The Atomics’ dissolution, Sommer’s wanderlust took him to New York. Then to Atlanta, and finally to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. In Georgetown, he founded the Georgetown Film Festival. The Festival experience led to a phase of independent film scoring. Since then, Sommer has been a troubadour with an occassional fixed address. After playing well over 300 gigs a year for the past 10 years, he’s re-imaging his music. Slowing down just long enough to record a handful of brilliant albums, new ones are planned. Recent releases include “Turning Point” and legacy efforts continue to draw attention. These include Rainy Day Karma and his latest solo effort, Brooklyn Bolero.
If there’s any lingering doubt about Sommer’s supernatural versatility, consider that he’s shared the bill with Old 97’s, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, Bluegrass icon Jerry Douglas, Mates of State, Dr. John, Leon Redbone and Built to Spill. Whether in a band or one-man form (which nakedly showcases his amazing acoustic Blues guitar stylings), Sommer is a living history of contemporary music and a musical force of nature.