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."
Steve Eulberg: Press/Reviews
"....A Piece of it All is a well-written and thought provoking collection of topical tunes and songs to stir the heart and soul into action."
[a piece of it all]
Listening to this CD puts me in a place where I want to be when I listen to music. Steve Eulberg's music is truly superb. Each song is written and performed with a heartfelt sensation of musical genius. I will be looking forward to more from this artist.
"...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."
Local Musician Wants to Share His String of Success
If Steve Eulberg had it his way, families would gather on their porch every night to strum instruments and sing with each other.
"I love folk music," he said. "If we could have everybody on their porch singing songs together, the whole world would be a better place."
The Lincoln Junior High School music paraprofessional and local folk musician's original composition, "War is Sweet (to those who never taste it)," topped the Music Review's top 40 Independent Country Songs chart in September and is an entry on the Grammy ballot this year....
[a piece of it all] "This album is
fantastic, & is lodged firmly on my MP3 player - good music to study to."
[a piece of it all]
Steve Eulbergâ€™s â€œA Piece Of It Allâ€ (Owl Mountain Music) has a very traditional feel though, generally, the arrangements are more modern and this blend of traditionalism and modernity really works. Steve tackles a few thorny issues in these 13 songs and there might be the odd one that makes some listeners a little uncomfortable as he holds forth on subjects like political, religious and ethnic intolerance, changing moral values, social injustice, human relationships simple and complex and conflicting emotions. Accompanying Steveâ€™s vocals on what I suppose is a social commentary is his own guitars and mountain and hammered dulcimers with Anne Lindsay (fiddle), Chris Whiteley (brilliant harmonica!), Ken Whiteley (mandolin, accordion and a variety of keys), George Koller (bass) and Brad Hart (drums). The programme includes the achingly beautiful â€œSadâ€, a superb revival of the traditional â€œCareless Loveâ€ (just catch that harmonica, mandolin and guitar), the wonderful journey to discover oneself in â€œI Was Lostâ€ and
the spiritual â€œBeauty In The Worldâ€. www.steveeulberg.com Thanks to EHK of Texas for providing this album.
[a piece of it all]
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.
[a piece of it all]
"Lynn said his favorite piece is "a ship may be safe." I like all of them, especially "I miss america" and "war is sweet." The thoughts behind and woven through the songs are deep and far out of the ordinary."
â€”â€”Lynn and Mary Catherine McSpadden
"...your new CD. It is wonderful. Boy, did you write some thoughtful and heartful songs! I miss America too... great song. You are so talented, and are putting out such good material. Keep up the good work."
"Awesome CD, but I just may have to listen to it a hundred more times or so...just to be sure."
[a piece of it all]
3 stars (out of 5)
Traditional country and folk often goes hand in hand in some parts of the US & Canada. Take for instance a tune performed on an Appalachian Dulcimer. On "a piece of it all", Steve Eulberg takes you on a trip where he introduces us to Mountain and hammered Dulcimers as well to an instrument called the Dulci-bro. The latter is indeed a combination of a mountain Dulcimer and a Dobro.
On "a piece of it all", you get a combination of many styles and genres of the mountain area, if it is simple Appalachian folk, traditional country or blues infested Americana it is all there on this thirteen track album. Marketed as "original and traditional tunes accomapnied by guitar, dulcimers and more, " this is on the other hand a mixed bag of too many genres. Steve Eulberg can certainly write some beautiful tunes but I fear the album is to[o] various in styles to appeal to a bigger audience. Some of the more appealing tunes are "Porch Swingin'", one of those blues infested tunes [I] was talked about earlier, "who am I" a crossover into a sort of Latin Jaz style, and "Careless Love" a more pop/rock tune again with some blues/gospel influences. Further more you can trace some origins of bands like Wovenhand, 16 horsepower or Slim Cessna's autoblub in both the instrumentaion as in the styles on this album.
On the back cover of the album I find a [the] phrase "Smile induing, thought provoking, toe-tapping Folkgrass." The moniker "toe tapping Folkgrass" is indeed an appealing description for the music on this album and inclues the crossover from folk into county and back."
"At first look this one appears to be a children's CD because of the smiling young face on the cover. However, after the first few tracks,...there are instrumentals that will become part of those I will return to again and again....'First Snow'--how music can capture the silence of snow falling, I don't know, but it happens right here...'Portage River' almost sounds like a jig. Two fiddling sisters join in, Carole and Teresa Lundgren, flowing and ripply, just like a river. With "Summer Storm" a wind builds under our ears, fluttering, swaying, whooshing and waving...." to read more go to:
[Serenade to the Canada Goose]
"While we're at it, let's call attention to an actual sound track! Steve Eulberg has composed an original soundtrack to an excellent video, "A Serenade to the Canada Goose." Subtitled "programming for relaxation," the video is a production of Positive Communication, Inc. This company specializes in videos tailored to the capabilities and tastes of low-functioning adults and geriatric patients, making the therapeutic effects of positive, soothing communication available in inexpensive, easy-to-use formats.
The accompanying music is soft, soothing, and releaxing and is selected to support the topic and mood of the productions. The videos focus on the beauty and serenity of nature and rural America, and take advantage of the documented potential of these subjects to releax and gently entertain geriatric clients.
On this particular video Steve plays mountain and hammered dulcimers, banjomer, Indian flute and guitar as a backdrop to some gorgeous footage of the Canada geese in the wild. The video is 27 minutes long and follwos the geese through winter, spring, and summer and into the fall, when they must migrate north again.
The music is an integral part of the therapy and Steve does a great job of catching the playfulness as well as the majesty of these beautiful birds in the wild."
[Feature Article for the tri-cities: Saginaw, Midland and Bay City, Michigan]
Dulcimer, the surname of a pair of instrument siblings, is from Greek and Latin words meaning â€œsweet sounds,â€ says Steve Eulberg, master of both the hammered dulcimer and the mountain dulcimer.
Heâ€™ll prove the aptness of the name with both instruments and more Saturday, July 22, in a concert at the Creative Spirit Art Center, 1517 Bayliss St.
â€œMy quest is to uncover, support and create beauty â€” to nurture beauty in a world that challenges that effort,â€ he said in a phone interview during a tour pause between Canton and Cleveland, Ohio.
If that hints at spirituality, itâ€™s no wonder: Eulberg was a pastor who is now a musical minister (while his wife has become a pastor).
Born and raised in Pemberville, Ohio, Eulberg took piano lessons, learned trumpet in school band, and then picked up guitar. By college, at a seminary in Denver, he was playing in a duo with a college buddy.
"He came back from Christmas with a mountain dulcimer his family had made for him,â€ said Eulberg. â€œI asked him, â€˜How do you play that?â€™ â€˜You donâ€™t,â€™ he said.â€
â€œItâ€™s a diatonic fret board â€” kind of like playing only the white keys on a piano. We found, trying to work it into our act, that there were notes we just couldnâ€™t get.â€
But Eulberg kept trying to play it. â€œIt took about three years. I found out later itâ€™s easier than that, but there wasnâ€™t anybody around that could teach me that in Denver.â€
Eulberg cites educator Maria Montessoriâ€™s belief that people can undergo a â€œsensitive period, when they just canâ€™t stop doing what inspires them.â€
â€œThat was me, then. I just couldnâ€™t walk past the dulcimer without playing it. I was forgetting to eat, showing up late for meetings.â€
It paid off: He has won the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship four times, and has been a finalist in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship three times.
The singer, player, composer, producer and publisher now tours in summer, playing in locations as far-flung as Los Angeles, Arkansas and Michigan. The rest of the year he works in his Colorado church ministry, and teaches dulcimer students.
The difference between the two instruments? â€œIf youâ€™re carrying one, not playing it,â€ he said with a chuckle, â€œthe difference is about 20 pounds.â€
The mountain dulcimer is a laptop instrument, smaller and with a gentler sound.
The hammered dulcimer, one of the pianoâ€™s ancestors, is a more exuberant instrument. And one with a Michigan presence, thanks to its popularity in lumber camps and other gatherings.
â€œSay â€˜dulcimerâ€™ in Michigan and people immediately think of the hammered dulcimer,â€ said Eulberg. â€œSay it in the Appalachians, and they automatically think of the mountain dulcimer.â€
His favorite? â€œI always say, whichever one Iâ€™m playing at the time.â€
â€œI have found, in each instrument that I play, a different part of my soul. It feels like a different connection to transcendent, eternal things.â€
What does he listen to? A new three-CD collection, â€œAutoharp Legacyâ€ is a favorite traveling companion this summer.
And his 14-year-old son, a guitar player, â€œhas been listening to the music I listened to at his age â€” Eagles, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Heart, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC. Thatâ€™s been really enjoyable for me.â€
Eulberg was to come north to take part in the Evart FunFest, July 13-16, said to be the countryâ€™s largest hammered dulcimer festival. Heâ€™ll teach, and play in late-night jam sessions.
His family â€” wife and two sons â€” also will join him for their traditional one-week northern Michigan vacation.
Eulberg said that for his Midland concert heâ€™ll play â€œtraditional tunes, from a variety of traditions,â€ on both kinds of dulcimer, plus guitars and didgeridoo.
The concert comes amid a summer touring schedule that includes many festivals. â€œFestivals you get to play maybe 20 minutes. About the time you get warmed up, itâ€™s time to go.â€ Concerts, he said, allow him to develop an evening of music.
Who: Steve Eulberg, dulcimer and guitar player
Where: Creative Spirit Center, 1517 Bayliss
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22
Tickets: $10, available through 837-1885
Venue info: www.creativespiritcenter.org
Artist info: www.steveeulberg.com
[Note for accuracy: I actually won IN the National Championship 4 times, 2nd twice and 3rd twice.]
[I Celebrate Life!]
"...Steve is a superb dulcimer player by any standard, a positive and giving person and a first-rate composer with a unique knack of writing tunes that fit the instrument perfectly. I Celebrate Life is his magnum opus, and I recommend it highly."
Music and Merriment
An Evening with Steve Eulberg
The JFK Verein presented the instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Steve Eulberg to a full house in the Paulus-Kirche Gemeindehaus on Saturday, March 18th. Eulberg gave a phenomenal performance of finger dexterity playing folk tunes on his Appalachian lap dulcimer as well as his larger hammer or â€˜hackbrettâ€™ dulcimer.... (read the rest of the review at the link below.)
[I Celebrate Life!]
"On this CD, the award-winning mountain and hammered dulcimer player highlights both his instrumental virtuosity and his talent as a songwriter.
Eulberg meditates on happiness, the importance of tradition, and the beauty of his Colorado home in these 21 songs and instrumentals. He is joined by friends and family to round out the instrumentation, making this a well-balanced and joyful album."
[I Celebrate Life!]
With a picture of a smiling Asian-looking child on the front sleeve I initially thought Steve Eulberg's I Celebrate Life was an album of children's songs. More the fool me, as it is music that reaches across the divides in the real life celebration. It has a sense of wide-eyed fascination, as befits the cover photo, mixing various styles and idioms found in American folk music. 'O Virgin-ee-I-a' with clawhammer banjo and fiddle finds the how down behind a 'sad' song, while 'Seton Sands' reflects Eulberg's Scottish heritage in a melodic solo performance. He also possess a strong singing voice, as displayed in the title track, which is an adaptation of a Jean Ritchie poem. The rich sound of the multi-tracked dulcimers bring to mind Leo Kretzner and Jay Lebovitz' 1980's classic Pigtown Fling album.
Steve Eulberg plays original and traditional music on the mountain dulcimer or Appalachian Dulcimer-and hammered dulcimer this is a collection of sweetly' savoured tunes and moods. Ideal for fun or relaxing either way I Celebrate Life is a celebration of life.
You can email Steve here.
[Soaring] "... they produce a beautiful tapestry of both traditional and original songs. " (read the rest of the review
[I Celebrate Life!] "...a collection of 21-Treasures from the past and sprinkled with some new instrumentals. The "Master" of Strings, Steve's music is currently being played in the US, the UK, New Zealand for his many fans in Australia and Europe. From "Ferret Frolic" to "Bedtime in the Meadow" it becomes a fantastic journey in sounds.
[Hark, the Glad Sound!]
"This collection presents Advent hymns in stunning arrangements...The results sound occasionally like early music ensembels and sometimes much more modern in world influences....An enchanting and mellifluous recording."
[Twas in the Moon of Wintertime]
The result is the lovely 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, which puts more than 20 Christmas tunes (none involving Santa Claus) in appealing, innovative instrumental arrangements.
Eulberg gets remarkable melody and tone out of his instruments. His playing consistently demonstrates precision and taste. The Christmas-music tradition is -- literally, in this case -- in good hands on this perfectly realized recording. (read the rest of the review)
[Soaring] "...shimmering instruments...music that goes beyond words."
"I Celebrate Life! is one of the best lyrical and instrumental gifts of 2005 and beyond. This CD is the best in honest advertisement--it truly does celebrate life!"
[â€™Twas in the Moon of Wintertime]
"...a fine disc to create a seasonal atmosphere for the mind and spirit."
Hark, the Glad Sound! is an enjoyable and unique CD focusing on Advent, or the anticipation of Christmas. .... It's beautiful and serene to hear, evoking the joy and anticipation of the Advent season.
Most of the sixteen songs are not commonly heard, which makes this CD an excellent companion to other CDs of Christmas music.
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," one of the most familiar of the songs on the album, starts the CD with a modern and trancelike setting with medieval roots. ..."Soon and Very Soon" is even more contemporary, with its gospel melody and rhythms are set off by the African ashiko drum and shekere. (read the rest of the review)