- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 17, 2002

Singer and songwriter Dulcie Taylor has been in the Washington area only four years, but already she's had an impact: Her debut self-produced recording garnered a 2001 Washington Area Music Association Wammie and her latest CD, "Diamond & Glass," is earning attention across the nation's airwaves.

The record was released in mid-June and recently hit No. 97 with a bullet on the Album Network charts for noncommercial AAA radio. Several of the 12 tracks, all written by Miss Taylor, are getting time on the air.

The McLean resident came to the area from Los Angeles when her husband's company transferred him here. She sought out her West Coast musical connections to make this second album, however, which was produced by George Nauful on Black Iris Records in Los Angeles.

The CD features edgy guitar work and personally evocative lyrics that fit easily into mainstream adult-oriented radio, but on several tracks Miss Taylor plays lap dulcimer a traditional instrument not typically found in music on the charts these days.

Although she grew up in small-town South Carolina, she was introduced to the dulcimer after she moved to Los Angeles, where she says she played "bluegrass, country, rock 'n' roll played a little bit of everything."

"A friend of mine was given a really nice dulcimer. He wasn't playing it," Miss Taylor says. "He was a guitarist. So I started playing it. And I just said I love this and I've got to keep playing it. He said, 'It's yours.'"

Miss Taylor will bring her dulcimer and guitar to Vic's Music Corner at O'Brien's Barbecue in Rockville on Aug. 28 at 8 p.m., where she opens for Sally Fingerett of the Four Bitchin' Babes. She's also bringing along guitarist John Landau and bass player Nick Smiley to accompany her.

After that, it's more time on the road heading west to Ohio and Kentucky dates in September, then in October playing the Virginia State Fair in Richmond and New York's Makor club.

However, music isn't the end-all for Miss Taylor, who also writes poetry when she has time. Since 2001, she has had a seat on the Folger Shakespeare Library's Poetry Series Board of Directors.

"My mother listened to everything from Elvis [Presley] to Ella [Fitzgerald] and Frank [Sinatra], and my sister introduced me to [Bob] Dylan and the Beatles," Miss Taylor says. "I've listened to everything, and I like it all. But you know, you can only listen to so much music and sometimes you need something different."

Life in the Washington area agrees with Miss Taylor, who says she enjoys the area's trees most.

Washington, she says, "is a beautiful city. It's easier to live here than in L.A.

"I don't miss the earthquakes," she says.

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