Long-simmered songs by an award-winning singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, "a piece of it all" is pure Americana.
Mountain and hammered dulcimers join guitar, mandolin, piano, bass, percussion, Hammond organ, mandolin and more to provide the best settings for these songs, composed over a 30-year period.
Produced by Ken Whiteley, at Pyramid Records in Toronto, Ontaria, recorded and mixed by Nicolas Tjielios, Steve
is assisted by some very talented musicians who have garnered acclaim for both their live and session performances:
George Koller (bass)
Brad Hart (drumkit, djembe, congas)
Anne Lindsay (fiddle/violin)
Chris Whiteley (trumpet, blues harp)
Eve Goldberg (backing vocals)
Ken Whiteley (6 and 12-string acoustic, classical and electric guitars, piano, Hammond organ, mandolin, mandola, accordian, backing vocals and ship’s bell.
“This superbly crafted recording with its lush, full instrumentation and strong, clear vocals both surprised and delights. Long time fans encounter a maturing artist. First time listeners will be fans before the final chord fades away.
Each song stands on its own, whole and complete. Put together with the other 12 that join it here, each is a piece of a marvelous whole that aesthetically pleases and culturally challenges. As you take this journey into the artist’s soul, you will encounter yourself, standing at the intersection of your own life and today’s culture. What will you find when you look around there?”
—from Jim Pierce’s liner notes
Taste the different flavors of each piece:
#3 porch swingin’; #12 careless love; #13 set your back (to the setting sun)
#7 there’s nothing like the sound of a woman; #10 didn’t know i was lost;
Toe-tapping: #1 a ship may be safe;
#4 war is sweet; #12 careless love; #8 who am i?; #9 rock on rock; #13 set your back (to the setting sun)
#2 i miss America; #4 war is sweet;
#5 i said nothing
#1 ship may be safe; #6 beauty in the world; #8 who am i?; #9 rock on rock; #13 set your back (to the setting sun)
"...what a tasty little masterpiece. Eulberg's musicianship is matched by his songwriting. Long after you've forgotten other people's songs, his work sneaks back and haunts you in all the right ways." --Robert Morgan Fisher
"The thoughts behind and woven through the songs are deep and far out of the ordinary."
——Lynn and Mary Catherine McSpadden
"Oh man, oh man, oh man! From now on when you think of world-class dulcimer talent, multi-instrumentalist, folk music social consciousness, and great sense of humor you'll have to think of two people John McCutcheon and Steve Eulberg. Eulberg truly does have "a piece of it all" in his newest release by the same name.
Steve Eulberg's fans who know and love him for his musicianship and sensitive compositions on mountain and hammered dulcimers will be surprised, but still very pleased with his new CD,a piece of it all. Dulcimers are of course included on the instrumentation, but that is not the focus of the music. The album is all about beautiful narrative lyrics integrated with complex, but never complicated melodies, and arrangements played by Steve and the best guest musicians and friends possible.
For the uninitiated, a piece of it all is a great place to start your Steve Eulberg collection. Most of the songs were written by Steve, although his interpretation of "Careless Love" gives the old standard a brand new feeling. Steve sings about real life joys that the listener will want to share, and although he also sings about the harshest of tribulations he never leaves you without hope.
Embellishing or beginning your Eulberg collection, a piece of it all, will probably not only become one your favorite folk music albums; it is more likely to become one of your favorite all-time albums. PERIOD." --Jim Babcock