Eric Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene in the 1980s with a vengeance, a folk guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt and British 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 at the renowned Paradise Theatre.
He eventually relocated to Europe where he scored tours with Bram Tchaikovsky, Wreckless Eric and Nick Lowe, calling Denmark and the Netherlands home for awhile.
Currently, he plays about 250 shows a year, sometimes solo, sometimes with a band. He’s lately been performing with Monroe, who’ll do a few solos and a few songs with Sommer.
He’s opened for Old 97’s, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, bluegrass icon Jerry Douglas, Mates of State, Dr. John, Leon Redbone and Built to Spill.
Here’s what the Nashville Blues Society says: “Eric Sommer is an astounding guitar player, a virtuoso on acoustic and electric, and is a killer slide player and master of the finger-picking style popularized by many of the Delta blues legends.”
Sommer has released 5 CDs, including his most recent, Brooklyn Bolero.
He was set to play RAF as part of SpazzFest in March, before the days of COVID 19 set in.
Tags: acoustic Americana, Concert, Delta blues, guitar