Eric Sommer at The Stomping Ground Wednesday, June 18th!

"One of the finest guitar players and songwriters in the Land..."

June 22, 2022
8:00 pm
132 Main St. Putnam, CT 06260
The Stomping Ground
TBD
Eric Sommer at The Stomping Ground Wednesday, June 18th!
Eric Sommer

Eric Sommer at The Stomping Ground!

Wednesday, June 18th brings Eric Sommer to Putnam, CT at The Stomping Ground. He’s here for a LIVE set of songs and stories. It’s that time of Summer in Connecticut where the magic takes over! The Stomping Ground in Putnam, CT is perfect for a Poet and Songwriter like Eric Sommer. His unusual acoustic slide-guitar/open-tuning wizardry is something in itself, something to see and hear!

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Eric Sommer will be on the bill June 18th at The Stomping Ground, Putney, CT. Yes, it’s a Wednesday, and it’s perfect. It’s June,  it’s an easy-in Wednesday in North East Connecticut, smack dab in the Hartford-Boston Corridor. Summertime is Music time! And this Special Showcase begins around 8pm! What’s on the Agenda? A slew of new songs and stories and a new record.

Eric has played in, on, and around the American musical landscape for years. Tours across the country, residencies in Duluth, MN, Madison, WI, Chicago, Dallas, Marfa, and Birmingham have contributed to his musical and emotional catalog. And he’s constantly adding to his vast library of songs, stories, and road writing.

The songs are bursting with deliciously low, quirky imagery

In Eric Sommer’s songs, irrepressible beauty and sensuality play strange bedfellows to the deadpan ennui. The gnawing sensation of hopelessness inflicts his wide range of characters and circumstances. In some settings, they are leading vacant emotional lives. They are hampered by grim prospects in an imaginary landscape short on love and emotional release. Yet the songs are bursting with deliciously low imagery, that is vivid, descriptive, and stays with you for days, begging for attention like an unmade bed.
Eric Sommer at The Stomping Ground is a powerful live show. And something of a cultural event. Why? Because Eric always brings something new, either new songs or new stories from the vast American musical landscape. New ways of looking at familiar objects. He’s always re-thinking and re-threading that complex emotional needle. No two shows or sets are ever the same.
As a result, the music matters, and great songwriting makes a difference!

“Y’all are in for a treat! This guy is a song crafter, a Poet, an Author, an adventurer, and a traveler. His songs are filled with visions of bad coffee, tired shirts. And broken dreams and hearts, and cheap gas. But in the same breath, there’s an unshakeable optimism about the future and present…” Buddy Wall, San Francisco Music Sheet.

Eric has played in and around the East Coast for years. And Eric Sommer in Far Eastern Connecticut, back at The Stomping Ground is good news. Eric always presents new ways of looking at familiar objects. He’s always re-thinking and re-threading that complex emotional needle. And that curves us right into Putnam, CT on Wednesay, June 18th around 8:00 pm!

An evening with Eric Sommer is always a good thing!

The Stomping Ground is loaded with history and Groove!

The Stomping Groundhas been a fixture in the Tri States area for countless generations, millennia, in fact. It has always been making Musical History. It’s been supporting music in the US before the electric light bulb. The Stomping Ground was there at the birth of the Solar System. And saw the early rise of Musical Sapiens. As such, it is the cultural epicenter of all things musical and All Things Connecticut and The Connecticut Valley music scene…

“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, New Melody Maker/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.” And in the middle of all this, Eric never lost sight of his roots. Of his country roots. This date at The Stomping Ground is part of that celebration!

From Boston to Birmingham

Eric started his musical career in the Boston area under the eye of legendary promoter Don Law. Being young and talented, Eric was onstage at The Paradise Theatre in Boston for a record 40 appearances. He has been a regular player on many national and international tours and showcases. Those shows opened many doors. Eric eventually worked in Europe for two years with Nick Lowe and acts Bram Tchaikovsky and Wreckless Eric. During this period Eric worked on Danish, German, and British rock stages, then returned to Boston and formed The Atomics.

From Punk to Pop to Acoustic Virtuoso

Eric is a founding member of Boston’s legendary pop/new wave cult trio “The Atomics”. They toured non-stop with Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, and The Dead Kennedys and were on the leading edge of a number of musical transformations. Eric never lost sight of his acoustic roots, returning to his heroes and mentors often. They include David Bromberg, Steve Howe(YES), Duane Allman(Allman Bros.), Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, Robert Johnson. Mr. Sommer’s current project with power trio “The Solar Flares” shakes up Chet Atkins and David Bromberg’s 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 everyone from Jerry Douglas, Leon Redbone, John Mayall, Dr. John to David Bromberg, John Hammond, Jr., Little Feat, Andy McKee, too many to name… but he’s going be here on June 18th.  Eric Sommer at The Stomping Ground is bringing it in!

Open Tunings, and so much more

With open tuning, slide guitar, lap-slap tone guitar, this show is exciting. And a remarkably aggressive fingering style approach makes watching Eric Sommer fun and crazy! It’ll 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

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“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

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CityBeat/Best of Cincinnati

Guitarin’ and Singin’ are what Eric Sommer is all about.

Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences. That and insane experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog. His is a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.

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