Pittsboro, NC – McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village is the home of many a poetry reading and book signing and now it adds “The Eric Sommer Mother’s Day Concert” to its list of impressive events. For the past 5 years Eric has played a special Mother’s Day Concert in Fearrington Village in honor of his mother, and Fearrington Resident, American Painter Joan Sommers. McIntyre’s Books is located at 220 Market Street, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312 and can be reached by telephone at (919) 542-3030.
Now in its 6th year, this unique Concert Series has gained a large and loyal following, even though Joan Sommers passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 2014. This is due in no small part to Joan’s influence on the local arts community where she had been an active participant for more than a decade, but also to Eric’s national standing as one of the best singer/songwriters and guitar players on the road today.
“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, Melody Hut UK in 2013. “How one guy can do this so well is remarkable, but when you look a little deeper there’s a batch of road miles around this lad… and it all makes sense.”
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 two years with Nick Lowe and acts Bram Tchaikovsky and Wreckless Eric on Danish, German and British rock stages, returned to Boston and formed The Atomics, a cult power-pop band in South Boston and toured relentlessly with Mission of Burma, Gang of Four and The Dead Kennedys. 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 British Rocker Elvis Costello – a remarkable mix.
Touring and managing a growing list of musical recordings keep Eric on the road almost 270 days a year, where he is becoming a regular on the Texas Red Dirt Circuit, playing with Bart Crow in Alpine Texas at The Railroad Blues and Aaron Einhorn in Wichita Falls, Texas in August at The Iron Horse. Not surprisingly, Eric is a regular player at venues up and down the Eastern seaboard as well. In July, Eric will be back in London supporting the 10th Anniversary of London’s Lantern Society as well as performing with The Rev. Peyton and His Big Damn Band in Oxford, UK on July 28th.
Currently Eric is in Chapel Hill, taking a few weeks off from touring while putting the finishing touches on his latest record which was just finished in Brooklyn at Room 17 Studios. He and Gretchen are keeping close to his Dad who, at 90 years old, lives in Fearrington Village as The Poet Laureate, and runs a Poetry Club on the third Wednesday of every month, now in it’s 10th year.
The May 8th Concert will feature a lot of new material of the upcoming record “Brooklyn Bolero” including the harmonica/scat tune “Cereal Song” as well as “Europe, Europe” from Rainy Day Karma, a 2014 release.
He has been on the road, in the studio, on stage, in front of or behind Jerry Douglas, Buddy Guy, Leon Redbone, John Mayall, Dr. John, David Bromberg, Andy McKee, John Hammond Jr., simply too many to name…
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.