Bits and Pieces releases Quiet of the Morning

In 2009 Bobby St. Pierre and Ted DeMille teamed with Kelly and Dan Burke to form the Band Bits and Pieces. After two years of successful concerts and festivals, Bits and Pieces disbanded when Bobby decided to cut back on touring. But before his exit, and with the help of some wonderful friends, the album Quiet of the Morning was recorded.

Quiet of the Morning includes five original numbers; three instrumental pieces by Bobby, and two vocal numbers from Ted, as well as traditional and contemporary bluegrass, folk, and country tunes that characterized the Bits and Pieces sound. Bobby shines on mandolin, mandola, and guitar and Dan Burke’s dobros have never sounded better. Teaming up with Ted on vocals is Cribstone Bridge band mate Taylor Smith, and fellow Cribstone Bridge member Keith Hillyard pitches in with some tasty banjo. Erica Brown adds impressive fiddle work, and Kelly Burke holds everything together on the stand-up bass.

The title cut Quiet of the Morning is Ted’s original and the collection also includes Bits and Pieces favorites such as Moonshiner, Someday Soon, If Today Was the Last Day, Some Old Day, and Orphan Train. Instrumental numbers include Trail of Sawdust, Elliana’s Midnight Waltz, Kyleigh’s Waltz, World Waiting for the Sunrise and a twin mandolin rendition of Old Joe Clark.

Quiet of the Morning is dedicated to old friend and musical brother Bill Smith, and includes Billy’s Song in his memory.

Special thanks to Betty Abdu at AbbaDabba Productions and Bob Colwell at the Root Cellar for helping make this happen.

The album is available for purchase for $12 plus shipping and handling and can be purchased by contacting Ted DeMille at