When Dulcie Taylor speaks, there’s no hiding her South Carolina roots, reflected in both her drawling accent and her unrelenting southern charm. After establishing her singer-songwriter bonafides in the Washington D.C. area, she moved to SLO County a couple years ago and wasted no time immersing herself in our own local music scene, even while her previous three albums were enjoying radio play nationwide.
Last year she entered and won the New Times Music Awards “Best Songwriter” category and won with “Cigarette Smoke.” This year, she’s released her fourth album, Only Worn One Time, and it’s a stunner—11 tracks recorded locally at the Colorado Room in Atascadero and produced by George Nauful and Tyson Leonard, mixed by Keith Olsen, and released on Mesa/Bluemoon Records. Continue reading →
Dulcie Taylor “Better Part of Me” / Black Iris Records
While California-based Dulcie Taylor’s music is new to this listener, the veteran singer-songwriter has numerous albums released over the past two decades. Taylor’s music reminds us of when we first heard Kimmie Rhodes, Shawn Colvin, and yes, even Lucinda Williams long ago. That Taylor isn’t the household name those artists are has nothing to do with the quality of her writing or singing. Continue reading →
Dulcie Taylor has been making increasingly better records now for 18 years. This, her seventh, Better Part of Me, may be her best yet. Working with her long-time collaborator George Nauful, a multi-instrumentalist and terrific guitarist, along with 15 musicians across select tracks, including cellos and string orchestration factoring into the mix. Continue reading →
Dulcie Takes Best Songwriter at the 2014 New Times Awards
Dulcie Taylor won the New Times Music Award for Best Songwriter 2014. She took home the same award last year, 2013. Here is a picture of the two “Newties” as they are called, side-by-side. The “Newtie” is 10 pounds of solid bronze in the shape of a microphone and is made of metal reclaimed from decommissioned weapon systems.
When renowned Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (his shows include Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked) was interviewed on The Atrium Stage at the Kennedy Center by Michael Kerker of ASCAP, he entertained and thrilled the sold-out crowd with his stories and his songs. Then Mr. Schwartz introduced songwriters from the Mid-Atlantic region who each performed an original song. Dulcie performed her song, Diamond & Glass.
Diamond & Glass Wins A WAMMIE!!
Dulcie's CD, "Diamond & Glass," won a WAMMIE for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Thank you to everyone who voted for the CD. Dulcie is very honored, because this award is voted on mostly by other musicians and people involved in different aspects of music. Thank you to Mike Schreibman and everyone at WAMA.
As a lover and writer of poetry, Dulcie serves on the Board of the Poetry Series at Washington, D.C.'s Folger Shakespeare Library. The Folger attracts scholars from around the globe, and is also home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, as well as magnificent collections of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts. She also serves on the board of The Writers Center in Bethesda, MD. "The Writer's Center hosts literary events, readings and conferences; sells books and literary magazines; and offers a congenial, supportive environment for writing groups to meet." They also provide all levels of workshops for a wide range of literary genres.
Dulcie wins the Grand Prize in Broadjam's Steinberg Finals.
Broadjam's Steinberg Finals, a song competition sponsored by Steinberg, the Germany-based company that manufactures digital audio recording equipment. The prize is the Steinberg Ultimate Studio Solution, "a combination of hardware and software worth over $10,000." Broadjam is a 125,000 member-strong organization of songwriters that hosts a massive online database of searchable songs for film/tv, advertisers, recording artists, etc. by writers from all 50 U.S. states and over 150 countries worldwide. "The Broadjam Pro Services group designs and builds custom technology for music industry clients such as Warner/Chappell, Academy of Country Music, Peavey, Yamaha and others."