Younger appeared on the
Californian scene sometime around
2002. Two years later she
produced and released her first
album with Deke Dickerson on
guitar, Zack Shedd (Satan's
Teardrops) on bass and Sid
Matthews on drums. If not
faultess, some songs are a little
bit flat and maybe writing,
singing and producing was a
little too much for the young
lady and some mistakes could have
been corrected, it's quite
enjoyable to listen. Sadly for
the moment we can only imagine
how her second album would sound.
In 2006, Dulcie Younger stopped
her musical carreer and went back
to her Jewish roots to become a
Torah-observant and lived in
Israel for some months. God only
knows when she returns to music.
long have you been doing music ?
Ive been singing in the
shower since I was a little girl,
but I got serious about music in
high school. I grew up Orthodox
Jewish and music is so integral
in prayer that I always had a
strong sense of the spiritual
nature of music. When I was in
Junior High, I played piano,
violin, cello, and trumpet. High
school was a very tumultuous time
for me, and I started songwriting
as an emotional release. My high
school had an incredible music
program, and I joined an African
drumming circle, took vocal
lessons, joined glee club, and
started an a capella group with a
friend. I learned a lot about
different kinds of music,
rhythms, and melody structures.
How did you get started ?
I put together a band, recorded a
demo, and booked a show (at The
Bowl-A-Rama in Eagle Rock, CA).
Did you grow up in a
musical family ?
Not unless you consider my fathers
high pitched falsetto singing
along to 70s music on the
radio musical. Oh, I had a tone-deaf
uncle who played banjo for a
short period of time.
Do you remember the first
record you bought and/or the one
that made you think «Woahhh,
thats what I want to do !»
The first album I bought was in
Junior High School. It was Rancids
«Lets Go». I was really
into punk rock and classical
music when I was younger. I
remember being seven years old
and reading that Mozart started
composing at age 5. I was seven
years old when I read that, and I
remember thinking, «Im so
What are your influences
as a singer and a songwriter ?
Ive been influenced by
musicians like Peggy Lee, Ann
Margret, Eartha Kitt, Wanda
Jackson, Elvis Presley, Janis
Martin, Buddy Holly, Kim Lenz,
Charlie Feathers, Gene Vincent,
Les Paul and Mary Ford, Johnny
Burnett, Marti Brom, Hank
Williams, and the list goes on
and on. Kim Lenz was probably the
biggest early influence on my
writing...she has a very clever
style of crafting lyrics. I tend
to write the most about
heartbreak and struggling with
love, but I also write about
everyday problems. I wrote «Figured
Out» at a time when I was very
frustrated with my finances.
What about your band,
where do they come from, were
they in other bands before ?
My band membership changes on
such a regular basis its
difficult for me to answer that
question. Lets just say Ive
had more guitarists than
boyfriends, and Ive had a
lot of boyfriends!
Do you remember the first
show you played ?
I was so nervous and shaking. It
wasnt really fun....my
father was a real jerk when I was
growing up and I had always been
very shy about singing. Even when
I did vocal recitals in high
school, I was a nervous wreck. I
actually had to give myself a
pretty harsh talk after the show.
I realized that the positive
voices in my head held the same
amount of power as the negative
ones which had been programmed in
there at a young age by my father.
Does it change something
being a woman on the rockabilly
scene, is it harder ?
Sometimes it doesnt matter
but my experience is that it
makes it much harder. People have
alterior motives when they work
with you a lot of times. Many
people dont take you
seriously. Men often have issues
with women who hold the power in
a band situation. One musician I
worked with on tour flipped out
and tried to kill me and the
drummer, and I dont think
that would have happened if I was
Dont you think that
things change, that we see more
and more rockabilly women (Marti
Brom, Josie Kreuzer, Kim Lenz,
) than 15 years
Thats an interesting
question. I think the punk rock
scene helped bring women into
rockabilly. I mean, back in the
50s it was taboo for women
to sing rockabilly, but more
recently I think the rock
movement in general has made it
more accessible for women to have
attitude and take charge of their
How did you meet Deke
I live very close to Deke, and a
good friend of mine a while back
dated his bassplayer. That was
how we first met. I recorded my
first demo at his house, and I
think that was the first time I
really talked to him ---- after
recording just shooting the
breeze on his front porch.
About your album, was it
your first experience in the
studio. Did you release anything
before that ?
I recorded a 4-song live demo at
Dekes house. That was nerve-wrecking.
It was never officially released,
but theres the occasional
burned CD-R copy that floats
around. The original version of
«Bad Luck Baby» was on there. I
had a piano player back then, too.
Wasnt it too hard
to write, sing and produce the
album at the same time?
It was more than that ---- I
wrote, sang, produced, and worked
a full-time job. I was exhausted
both physically and emotionally.
I got sick. I re-dubbed the
vocals on «Make Me Mad» when I
had a sore throat because I knew
it would sound breathier.
Originally, Eddie Nichols of
Royal Crown Revue had agreed to
co-produce the album with me, but
he backed out at the last minute
unfortunately. I love Eddie, but
good Lord, did that turn the
Was it done live in the
The instrumental parts were done
live, but since I ended up
producing it myself, I couldnt
sing and instruct the musicians
at the same time. I recorded the
vocals separately --- in the same
room the Stray Cats used to
record. It was pretty fun!
What is the most
memorable gigs you played and/or
went to ?
I played in Las Vegas last year
and kissed some boy I didnt
even know right in the middle of
a song. It was pretty funny. He
thought it was staged, but it
wasnt. The best gig Ive
gone to ---- Ive gone to so
many. I always love seeing
Reverend Horton Heat play.
Your cdbaby bio says you
studied burlesque showgirls, can
you tell us more
I went to burlesque
shows out here in Los Angeles,
and I watched a lot of 1950s
musicals. I just studied how
A friend taught me how to run up
the bass while singing. I fell
off one time and have a pretty
big scar from it. Got right back
A last word ?
I should hope not, youll be
hearing from me again!