The Coal Men and The Truehearts Double Bill

The Coal Men and The Truehearts Double Bill

Mar 23, 2018 |  0 comments
Date: Mar 23, 2018 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $10 advance / $13 door Type: roots rock - americana, country, folk

The Coal Men are a three-piece unit led by Coleman, who knows his way around a Telecaster. He’s played sideman for a host of artists from Matthew Ryan to Taylor Swift — on the road and in the studio. When he’s not doing that or producing and engineering other artists in his home studio, Coleman returns to The Coal Men like a runner touching home plate.

Drummer Dave Ray has been Coleman’s primary musical partner for all of the band’s 16 years. Paul Slivka joined on bass five years ago.

Few bands stay together. This one has survived long enough to be tossed about by a volatile music business. They’ve experienced the reality of life on the road vs. the youthful dreams of it. And they’ve come out the other side with some wisdom to share. You could say the The Coal Men are right on schedule, taking on this subject matter.

They’ve toured with or opened shows for the likes of Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Tony Furtado. They’ve played Mountain Stage, Music City Routes, and the Americana Music Association Festival.

They’ve had songs in ABC’s Nashville and Sons of Anarchy (“Stuck,” “Almost,” and “Houston Memory.”). Coleman even wrote for two years at the legendary Acuff-Rose Music Publishing.

But despite their experiences, you get the feeling that The Coal Men aren’t too worried about anything other than their love for music and their bond with each other.

The Truehearts (formerly The Hummingbyrds) are an Americana duo comprised of singer/songwriters Debra Buonaccorsi (vocals, guitar, accordion) & Steve McWilliams (vocals, guitar, mandolin). Their original music is characterized by close harmonies and close ties to the roots of American country and folk music; rich with the sound of wood and steel and stories of the everyman. Their songs are melodic, expressive and muscular, ranging from melancholic ballads to boot-stomping rockabilly.​

Buonaccorsi’s vocals have drawn comparisons to a wide range of artists from Emmylou Harris to Bonnie Raitt, but her sound and style are still uniquely her own. Her voice is a deep palette of colors and sounds that is both heartfelt and knowing. Debra’s guitar and accordion evoke the sounds of the past and bring them to the present.

Mcwilliams heart on his sleeve style of playing and singing recall the best of Springsteen and Earle. Visceral and gritty yet from deep in the soul, Steve can get a room rocking with his driving rhythm guitar or bring it to a hush with his beautiful, raw style of fingerpicking.

Together, with the combination of their unique talents, vocal power and excellent musicianship, Buonaccorsi and McWilliams make musical magic. They bring to mind the tradition of great American songwriting duos of the past… Cash and Carter, Harris and Parsons…. Buonaccorsi and Mcwilliams songs are honest poetry with themes of love, life, death and alienation all wrapped up in a package of sheer musical joy. Songs that seek answers to the same questions that confront us all.

The Truehearts have performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Barns of Wolf Trap, The Iota, The Hamilton (DC), The Family Wash (Nashville), Gypsy Sally’s, Jammin’ Java, National Cherry Blossom Festival, and many other venues throughout Nashville and the Mid-Atlantic.

As a solo performer, Steve has been nominated for 9 Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) Awards, and has recorded and released 5 critically acclaimed albums. Steve has toured the United States and Europe and has also written and performed music for The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, Florida Studio Theater, Ford’s Theater, and Arena Stage. His music has been heard on radio throughout the US and Europe. He has charted in Ireland, and Italy.

Debra is a songwriter, a poet, a playwright, a musician and a perpetual student of all things art, music and language. She arrived at her current destination in Americana music by an unexpected route. She’s a classically trained instrumentalist and singer who also happens to have a theatre degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a resume full of professional acting (Arena Stage, Ford’s Theater, Signature Theater), singing ( The Doc Scantlin Orchestra), and performing experience along with critical acclaim as a playwright and songwriter.

The duo began writing together in 2008 with the creation of their Helen Hayes Award winning, genre-bending rock band meets vaudevillian theatre troupe, Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue, performing at the NYMF Festival in NYC, the Kennedy Center, Capital Fringe and packing houses throughout the Mid Atlantic area. DMLRR has written and produced 4 plays and released 3 soundtrack albums. All have received critical acclaim.

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