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ERIC SOMMER Appearing Wed Jan 6th 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets $7

One of the finest American guitar players on the road today, 
Eric is an original- a poet, songwriter and showman… 
and one of the masters of Americana.”

"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..."
----- Studdie Burns, Melody Hut UK in 201

Eric Sommer often shares a memorable comment made by legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker backstage at a Boston J.Geils band concert: “If you ain’t playin’, then you payin’ ”.

Sommer took Hooker’s wisdom to heart, playing 200-270 shows a year since 1995 and becoming one of the the best solo acts in the country. His guitar work has been compared to heavyweights like Steve Howe of Yes, British open-tuning pioneer Davy Graham and the versatile David Bromberg, while his songwriting merits mention in the same breath as Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Nick Lowe.

Sommer broke into the Boston folk scene in the 80s, absorbing influences from every corner of the city’s vibrant musical culture. His early songwriting efforts were in a power-pop vein, but he soon incorporated slide guitar and open tunings into his personal observations of American life as viewed from the road. He played guitar on Boston’s streets, shared the stage with major artists and gigged through Northern Europe. 

Back in Boston he listened to old vinyl of jazz guitar greats like Joe Pass and Charlie Christian and added those influences to his increasingly encyclopedic grasp of American popular music. Surrounded onstage by his arsenal of acoustic guitars and a battered 1969 Bigsby tremolo-equipped Telecaster,Sommer can summon up sounds from tough to tender seemingly at will to back up his great songwriting. Savannah critic Jim Reed wrote “Anyone who’s been in need of a killerfix of spectacular, percussive and virtuosic guitar work can rest easy. Eric Somer’s coming to town.