Making A Scene Presents an Interview with The Truehearts!
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.