Finally getting back on the schedule, looking to get out in the mid atlantic - great series of shows in the Philadelphia area, especially in New Hopw, PA...
After 30 days in recovery, things are better and I am dusting myself off, getting back up... that was an accident I am happy to put behind me, hope everything will work out; missed so many shows and so many chances to share new music and experiences... http://www.gofundme.com/Eric-Sommer-Recovery-Fund
Kent, Ohio then Scarlett and Gray in Columbus and then Athens, Ohio... loving Ohio, thanks to Julie and everyone for the support... ready to rockl!!!
Came into Athens to promo the Saturday show and it was great - I was walking down the street, people came up and said hello, see you there on Saturday, I went into the venue to post a few posters and in a second people were all around me asking about the show, times, songs... so great! But the amazing thing was just outside of Indianapolis - I am driving along and a car pulls up next to me and they start beeping the horn - I look over and they wave and when I waved back they started to scream and go crazy... so cool! Love those INDY FANS!!
OK - in Knoxville TN this thursday night and for some reason the venue - THE WELL - listed me as Billy Don Sommer. Never heard of him. So the Metro Pulse, the local music rag, listed me that way too only because the venue sent it in that way... but sadly the Metro Pulse is challenged a bit on these sorts of issues and we can't seem to find anyone there to make the change; too bad. Anyway, we are doing what we can so the show looks like it is still on, that's at The Well in Knoxville on Thursday, April 5th, 10pm.
The lights in downtown TH went completely out last night for a few hours and the venue used flashlights and candles to keep it all going... in the parking lot across the street I pulled out a guitar and tried out "This Car won't Drive" on Kris Chaney and Kathy and it was ok... takes a while for new songs to work their way into the program and this one is going to work really really well... but with the lights out everywhere, the downtown urban landscape was transformed by a fantastic full moon that covered the buildings and the streets and the shadow people with a beautiful pale blue glow and it was a magnificent study in grey scale halftones courtesy of the celestial mechanics of the universe... http://www.facebook.com/ericsommermusic and http://www.facebook.com/itsericsommer for more details
Usually I head up to Little Rock on the local roads - it takes a lot longer but the features are so much more visually interesting. Not today. I have seen so many empty storefronts in so many downtown city scapes and so, so many malls that are not even a third occupied - I can't bear it any more because I feel so powerless to make any difference. This is wrong, but I believe - and hope - that change is coming in November in a very, very big way...
I am sitting at the terminal in The Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, Mississippi; Eudora Welty is one of the great southern writers, along with O. Henry and William Faulkner - I have been to his home in Oxford, MS called Rowan Oaks and it was striking in its simple tree lined beauty and understated repose... you can see him writing As I Lay Dying, Light in August and The Sound and Fury...some great music in Oxford!
I just love the deep south; people are friendly, fun and there is a real appreciation for the musical heritage of the area and the importance of their place in it... Jackson is great - the State Capitol, very cool... and now I am out and about on the streets, pretty quiet but warmer than NYC and the Gulf is pretty darn close... been adding shows daily and it's amazing that once I'm on the highway, shows, melodies and streams of words come out, become available live a river of words and musical note rushing by, and some jump up and have little ballon scripts that say "catch me" or "I'm ready" or "great idea here", "pick me" or "me, me me" or something like that... Picasso was right - there IS such a thing as inspiration, but it MUST FIND YOU WORKING... the one thing that is constant everywhere I go is the incredible anger towards Washington, Barry Sotero and the current situation with jobs, the economy and the insane bickering... If I were in Washington and in Congress or The House, I would be really, really scared.
The Johnson City Folk Festival is finished, it was incredible, and now getting ready to hit the shows.... a lot going onin November!!! Here's a link to the Folk Festival https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Johnson-City-Folk-Festival/155169261217822