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Showing posts with label Dulcie Taylor. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Black Iris Records Set to Release New Album from Singer/Songwriter Dulcie Taylor, "Better Part of Me," on March 9

Black Iris Records Set to Release New Album from Singer/Songwriter Dulcie Taylor, Better Part of Me,

On March 9

First Single, “Halfway to Jesus,” Coming March 2

ARROYO GRANDE, CA – Black Iris Records, a joint venture with MesaBluemoon Recordings, announces a March 9 release date for Better Part of Me, the new album of songs from acclaimed singer/songwriter Dulcie Taylor. The label will release “Halfway to Jesus,” the first single off the new album, to all platforms on March 2. 

The title of the first single has special meaning to Dulcie Taylor, as she reflected on it recently.

Our planet is suffering through ravaging climate change that has brought on catastrophic storms, commonly called ‘1,000 year storms,’ indicating how rare they should be. We must take action to save our planet.”

Better Part of Me was recorded at Laurel Lane Studio and produced by Dulcie Taylor (lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer and tambourine); George Nauful (acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic piano, bass, background vocals, lead vocal and percussion); and Damon Castillo (electric guitar, bass, background vocals, and drum programming). Joining for the recording sessions were Abraham Robles (drums, Cajon, percussion); Kristian Ducharme (B3 organ, Wurlitzer piano and acoustic piano); Dillon Johnson (upright bass); Tracy Morgan (drums, Cajon); Cameron West (bass and drums); Joey Landreth (acoustic and electric slide guitar); Dominic Castillo (electric slide guitar); Erin Snedecor and Bob Liepman (cello); Pete Whitfield (string orchestration); Valerie Johnson (background vocals); and Tyson Leonard (drum program and mandolin).

“I am so thankful to have such incredibly talented people to work with,” Dulcie says about the sessions. “I trust them, I thoroughly enjoy their company, I share their aesthetic values and we have a lot of fun together (always an important part of creation). Each morning when I came into the studio, I felt like a little kid on the way to a much-anticipated birthday party.”

Dulcie Taylor’s songs give insight into not only her feelings about the world we live in, but about relationships past and present. She has an uncanny ability to distill complicated situations into easily identifiable and understood realities. 

“George Nauful and I have several songs on the new CD we've written together, such as ‘Hearts Have to Break,’ she states. “We sing it almost all the way through as a duet. The lyrics to this song sum up how I feel about love and its importance in the human heart. I especially love George's guitar solos on this recording. He always takes the melody somewhere that surprises me but also delights me.”

Another standout track on Better Part of Me is “Moon Is Cold,” which Dulcie describes as being about “When a deceiving nature is coupled with a smart mind, look out. Somebody's going to get hurt. I love the slide guitar part, played by Dominic Castillo. He plays what I would play if I could.”

Taylor describes the album’s title track, written by George Nauful, as “a dreamy, ‘noir-ish’ song about trying to reach that place where the love you share with your lover is all you want it to be.” And simply describes the aptly titled song, “God Did Me a Favor,” thusly: “When you find the right person to share your life with, it truly feels like God did you a favor.”

   “You put the song in my soul.”

   “You put the beat in my heart.”


Dulcie Taylor Tour Itinerary

Feb. 24, 1 - 4 PM - Vina Robles Winery - Paso Robles, CA 
March 2, 7:30-9:30 PM - Cambridge Drive Concerts - Goleta, CA
March 4, 5 - 8 PM, Puffer's of Pismo - Pismo Beach, CA

March 9, 5 - 7 PM, Rideau Vineyard - Solvang, CA (near Santa Barbara)

March 10, 10 - Midnight, Luna Red - San Luis Obispo, CA
March 11, 3 - 6 PM - SeaVenture Resort - Pismo Beach, CA 

March 17, 5 - 8 PM - Asuncion Ridge Vineyard - Paso Robles, CA
March 30, 4 - 6 PM - Presqu'ile Winery - Santa Maria, CA
March 31, 1 – 4 PM - Shale Oak Winery - Paso Robles, CA 

April 4, Doors @ 7 PM - Arroyo Seco Golf Course - The Blue Guitar - South Pasadena, CA 
April 7, 1 - 4 PM - Broken Earth Winery - Paso Robles, CA 

April 13, 5:30 - 8:30 PM - Tooth & Nail Winery - Paso Robles, CA 
April 28, 2 - 5 PM, Soaring Hawk Vineyards - Santa Margarita, CA

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dulcie Taylor and Friends Soar Like "Wind Over Stone" on New CD, Coming September 25 from Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings

Dulcie Taylor and Friends Soar Like Wind Over Stone on New CD, Coming September 25 from Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings

Key CD Release Shows Announced

ATASCADERO, CA – Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings proudly announces a September 25 release date for Wind Over Stone, the new CD from Central California Coast-based singer/songwriter Dulcie Taylor and FriendsProduced by George Nauful and Tyson Leonard, and mixed by Keith Olsen (legendary producer/engineer for Fleetwood Mac, Ozzie Osbourne, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Carlos Santana, etc.), Wind Over Stone was recorded at Colorado Studios in Atascadero, California.

Dulcie Taylor will celebrate the new album with several CD release shows, including September 13 in Arroyo Grande, Cal., as part of their “Concerts in the Park” series from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Taylor will not only headline that show, but will also emcee the entire event concert lineup. Other key dates include a concert at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo on September 26, at 5:00 PM; October 10 at the Jade Festival in Big Sur; and October 28 at the Wine & Song Concert Series in South Pasadena.

Dulcie Taylor (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, percussion) is joined throughout the new album by many of the same “friends” who backed her critically-acclaimed last effort, Only Worn One Time released in 2014. They include George Nauful (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals and lead vocal on “Amy” and “I Wanna Ride”); Tony Recupido acoustic guitar, backing vocals and lead vocal on “Reasons Why” and “Joyful News”); Tim Pierce and Nina Gerber (guitars); Tyson Leonard (mandolin and violin); Aaron Porter (keyboards and accordion); Bob Gross and Randy Tico (bass); and Tom Lackner, Tracy Morgan and Scott Breadman (drums, percussion).      

Together, Dulcie Taylor and Friends weave a magical spell throughout the 14 tracks on Wind Over Stone, whether on the 13 originals (most either written or co-written by Taylor) or the lone standout cover song, a gorgeous reading of the Supremes/Motown classic, “My World Is Empty Without You.”

The tone of the new disc is set by the album’s lead-off track, “Not Here, Not Today,” inspired by some of her American heroes. “I’ve always thought about what motivated the American people who revolted against English rule,” Taylor says. “These people came to America because they wanted new ways of living. Thinking about people still holding to their beliefs when their feet were freezing and they didn’t have any shoes, makes me realize this country was founded by people who wanted freedom, period.

“And Rosa Parks – my goodness. This soft-spoken woman of conviction who, in 1955, refused a bus driver’s order to give up her seat in the “colored section” to a white passenger. When the driver told her he would have her arrested, she quietly said, ‘You may do so.’ No profanity, just quiet, steely conviction. Freedom, period.

“Lastly, Flight 93 – this is what gave me the idea for the whole song. Thinking about those people who, through their cell phones, knew that the Twin Towers and the Pentagon had been hit, and by the direction they were going, figured their plane was probably headed for the White House. They knew the risk they were taking but they decided that if the plane was going down, it was going down where they wanted it to. Freedom, period.”

Other songs on Wind Over Stone touch on a wide variety of topics, including love and romance in all their incarnations.

In “Cherokee,” Taylor discourses on the physical changes this country has gone through over the years. “America is still a beautiful country, but some parts are changed forever. I’ve often thought about how beautiful it must have been before the waves of immigration. Deer on Manhattan Island, running free? And when I look at the portraits of our Native American Indians, I’ve always been so impressed by their faces – the determination, the strength. Two qualities that all people need. I love the conveniences of modern life as much as anybody, but I do know a lot of beauty has been lost arriving at this place. Everything has a price, doesn’t it?”

In the song, “Prayers,” Taylor revisits her upbringing. “I was raised by a church-going single Southern Baptist Mother; she didn’t send us to church, she took us,” she remembers. “We always had Family Bible time before going off to bed, each of us reading something from a “Child’s Story of the Bible.” I was the baby and I remember how happy I was when I could read aloud too, just like my older sisters. I realize now what a wonderful way it was to send a child off to bed, with the voices of my sisters and my mother in my head. Then, I would say my prayers with her. My mother stressed the love and forgiveness side of things, something I will always be grateful for.”

Poetry has been a main inspiration throughout Taylor’s songwriting, and in “I Take it Back,” she references one of the best. “Sometimes in the heat of the moment, a person can say things they REALLY shouldn’t say, and too much as well,” Taylor offers. “This is a song about a woman who’s let her mouth get away from her. As Carl Sandburg so beautifully said -

‘Look out how you use proud words.
When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.
They wear long boots, hard boots; they walk off proud; they can't hear you calling--
Look out how you use proud words.’”

The album’s closing song, “Love Like Yours and Mine,” carries a universal message. “This song was inspired by the belief that one’s home needs to be a place of love and acceptance,” Taylor states. “And if a person lives long enough to be old and dream back through the years, you want to have had a true love to remember and be grateful for.”

For information, visit and Dulcie’s Facebook page is located at

Previous Quotes on Dulcie Taylor’s Music

“It’s already been a good year for singer-songwriter Dulcie Taylor, seeing as how she’s won her second consecutive New Times Music Award as Best Songwriter 2014. How appropriate, given the finely etched songs on her fifth album, Only Worn One Time, replete with reflections on mortality, heartbreak, self-reliance, self-doubt, commitment and similar weighty topics relevant to the real world on a daily basis … she seems poised to take a whole different kind of journey next time around. It’ll be worth waiting for, guaranteed.” – Deep Roots Magazine

“Dulcie Taylor writes from the heart. Filled with provocative imagery, universal sentiment and hopeful (yet oftentimes sad) story-songs, her folksy Americana comes to the fore with the help of some master instrumentalists.” – Aquarian Weekly

“Taylor has a sharp eye for details that helps to elevate her songs above the norm.” – Icon Magazine

Dulcie Taylor Tour Dates

8/29     Asuncion Wine Bar – Paso Robles, CA
9/01     Picking Up the Tempo (Live on KCBX) – San Luis Obispo, CA
9/03     Socrates – Atascadero, CA
9/06     Ragged Point – Big Sur, CA
9/13     Arroyo Grande Concerts in the Park (2-5 PM) – Arroyo Grande, CA
9/19     Wild Horse Winery – Paso Robles, CA
9/20     Luna Red – San Luis Obispo, CA
9/23     Paso Robles Golf Club – Paso Robles, CA
9/25     Costa de Oro Winery – Santa Maria, CA
9/26     Boo Boo Records (CD Release Show - 5:00 PM) – San Luis Obispo, CA
9/27     Shell Café – Pismo Beach, CA
10/02   Cheren Ranch (CD Release Show) - Atascadero, CA
10/03   Sea Pines – Morro Bay, CA
10/04   Otter Rock Café – Morro Bay, CA
10/10   Jade Festival – Big Sur, CA
10/11   Sea Venture – Pismo Beach, CA
10/12   Cambria Pines – Cambria, CA
10/17   The Pour House – Paso Robles, CA
10/18   Ragged Point – Big Sur, CA
10/23   1880 Union Hotel - Los Alamos, CA
10/24   Chateau Lettau Winery – Paso Robles, CA
10/25    Luna Red, San Luis Obispo, CA
10/28   Wine & Song Concert Series – South Pasadena, CA
10/31   Vina Robles Winery – Paso Robles, CA