by Robert Bell
12:30 a.m. Midtown. $5.
Here's a performer that seems custom-made to be a perfect fit for the wee hours at Midtown. Eric Sommer's tunes range from rangy slide blues instrumentals to acoustic Kottke-like fingerpicking workouts to songs that recall those quiet, golden gems that Neil Young was absolutely nailing from 1968-1972 and has pretty much owned ever since.
Sommer cut his teeth playing in a power-pop trio at punk dives in Boston before focusing on a solo career that keeps him on the road for 250 or more shows a year. He's played Little Rock several times, so perhaps you caught one of his shows at White Water or Vino's. If not, here's your chance to catch an excellent guitar player and certified road warrior.