Steve Eulberg | a piece of it all

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a piece of it all

by Steve Eulberg

This superbly crafted recording with lush, full instrumentation and strong, clear vocals both surprises and delights.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. A Ship May Be Safe
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2. I Miss America
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3. Porch Swingin'
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4. War Is Sweet
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5. I Said Nothing
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6. Beauty in the World
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7. Nothing Like the Sound of a Woman
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8. Who Am I?
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9. Rock On Rock
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10. Didn't Know I Was Lost
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11. Sad
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12. Careless Love
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13. Set Your Back to the Setting Sun
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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:

Blues-flavored:
#3 porch swingin’; #12 careless love; #13 set your back (to the setting sun)

Tender/thoughtful:
#7 there’s nothing like the sound of a woman; #10 didn’t know i was lost;
#11 sad

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)

Political folk/thought-provoking:
#2 i miss America; #4 war is sweet;
#5 i said nothing

Inspiring:
#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)

REVIEWS:

"...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


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Trent C. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Wonderful acoustic Folk/Americana music
Steve Eulberg's latest album, "a piece of it all," is brimming with wonderful acoustic Folk/Americana music and cleverly slips in other genres while each component of the band is intricate and outstanding. "Porch Swingin'" is a down home Folk/Blues track with heartfelt lyrics and splashed with great harmonica riffs. Another track, "Who Am I?" is a laid back song with charming violin fills and captures the rhythm of a romantic, Brazilian Bossa Nova beat. "Rock On Rock" is a vocally appealing song in that the call-and-response harmony between the lead and background vocals is impeccable and flows very well with the sound of the mandolin. The track "A Ship May Be Safe" harkens to the Irish history in Americana music with the soothing violin, nostalgic lyrics, and the warmth emitted through the artist's vocals specifically for this song. Fans of the Dixie Chicks or James Taylor will thoroughly appreciate the relaxed and well produced songs of "a piece of it all."

Shashona McCall

Steve Eulberg - A Piece Of It All Review
Steve Eulberg - A Piece Of It All Review

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Location: Fort Collins, Colorado USA

Genre: Folk, Americana, Blues

Album: A Piece Of It All

Released: 2007
Record Label: Owl Mountain Music Inc.

Produced: Ken Whiteley
Pyramid Records - Toronto Ontario Canada
Recorded & Mixed: Nicolas Tjielios

Steve Eulberg: Lead vocals, guitar

Musicians:
George Koller: Bass
Brad Hart: Drums, diembe, congas
Anne Lindsay: Violin, fiddle
Chris Hartley: Trumpet, blues & harp
Eve Goldberg: Backing vocals
Ken Whiteley: 6 & 12 string acoustic, classical and electric guitars, piano,
hammond organ, mandolin, mandola, accordion, ships bell and backing vocals

A Piece Of It All track list:
1 - A Ship May Be Safe
2 - I Miss America
3 - Porch Swingin'
4 - War Is Sweet
5 - I Said Nothing
6 - Beauty In The World
7 - Nothing Like The Sound Of A Woman
8 - Who Am I
9 - Rock On Rock
10 - Didn't Know I Was Lost
11 - Sad
12 - Careless Love
13 - Set Your Back To The Setting Sun
14 - Just Like That

Steve Eulberg's "A Piece Of It All" album, is a richly captured tapestry of life's many paved roads of emotions. Steve has used his heart and soul, he digs deep to write this marvelous collection of songs. He has given us the gift of part of himself through experience, love, loss, emotion and hope. He sings about subjects like war, death, last goodbye's, politics and changing times. Some songs are truly a snapshot of history and social challenges in the past 30 years. But don't be fooled, Steve Eulberg also sings about uplifting and positive experiences. His songwriting skills are quite incredible, in that he holds nothing back. His lyrics are strongly developed and thought provoking. Simply marvelous.

To say Steve Eulberg has exceptionally strong vocal skills would be an understatement. He brings a freshness and sincerity we have not seen often enough in vocals. He is 100% engaged in each of these songs and not a flat note to be heard. The backing vocals and harmonizing adds just the spice when needed. This album is an absolute dream. It would be difficult to box Steve Eulberg into a genre "box", as he slides easily from folk, americana, soft pop to blues in one fell swoop.

A Piece Of It All has been produced, mixed and mastered with the finest precision. The instrumentation used is simply breath taking. Such expertise is a sheer delight to the ear. What a marvelous surprise to hear the mandolin, mandola, violin and accordion. Not to mention the mouth harp. Brilliant. Listen to the perfection in picking technique on guitars. Impeccable. Drums and percussion are a worthy mention as well. You can feel the experience in all these musicians. No wonder Steve Eulberg has such respect for each of them.

The three tracks I have set aside from this splendid album are:

1. Porch Swingin' - This track pulled me by the ear straight away, what a tasty track! A blues dream. Steve put this song over the fence with his astounding vocals. There is not a thing I would change on this track, it is the kind of song that has you close your eyes and sway your head to. The instrumentation is dead on, tight. I loved the slide work, finger picking on guitar along with the mouth harp. Very tasty indeed.

2. A Ship May Be Safe - This is a songwriters road to heaven. These lyrics are simply exceptional. It has a maritime feel and is endearing to the ear. Steve Eulberg's gorgeous voice will take you away. The instrumentation is once again stellar. The accordion, fiddle and ships bell seal the deal. Masterfully arranged, mixed and mastered, this song is beautiful.

3. Beauty In The World - This starts out with a gorgeous acoustic guitar, then blooms with the sounds of Steve Eulberg with the lovely Eve Goldberg on backup vocals. The strong lyrics are upbeat and rich. Reminding us of the beauty in this world. The musical arrangement in this particular track is wonderful featuring what I think is a mandolin solo. Absolutely stunning.

I must say, Steve Eulberg has one of the most endearing voices. His strength is in both his lyrics and his vocals. This entire album is a blessing and a musical journey. So pack your bags, your going on a trip. Grab this album today, its a keeper!


And that's just how I see it
Shashona McCall
Indie Showcase
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