Dueling Hearts
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Dueling Hearts

China Spring, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

China Spring, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Christian Bluegrass




"From "You're The Whip Cream On My Mocha" to Other Original Songs, Dueling Hearts Bring Bluegrass To A Whole New Level."

Go to the Title link above. Interview with Johnny Bradshaw is the second story - By Johnny Bradshaw / Groove Magazine

"Central Texas Bluegrass Newsletter: Dueling Hearts pg. 3 - 6"

From the heart of central Texas comes the bluegrass band Dueling Hearts. Founders Wil and Darla Wilson formed this 5-piece band, as we’ll learn and, as they say, the rest is history. Billed as “an energetic, uplifting bluegrass band” and “a joy to watch”, they perform traditional, original, and up-and coming tunes, sung with beautiful vocal harmonies and foot-stomping banjo licks. So, let’s get to know some mighty fine folks a lot of you already know called Dueling Hearts. - Central Texas Bluegrass Association


CD: Dueling Hearts "If The Lord Be Willing
Label: Tate Music Group

If The Lord Be Willing
You're The Whipcream On My Mocha
Butterflies and Angels
You Didn't Think
I Fell In Love With you
Visitation Rights
Honky Tonk Degree
Come On Home

Radio Airplay:
WDVX: Knoxville Tenn.
94.5FM "Texas Barn Dance", Waco Tx.
WMTN AM 1300 Morristown TN

CD: "Wild Love Ride"

Indie: Dueling Hearts Publishing

 Wild Love Ride

Rocky Top

God Is Good all the Time

Shoulder to Shoulder

You'll Always Be 18 to Me

I Need You

This is The Stuff

Hands of Time

Fox On The Run

Fishing In The Rain

Dreams and Memories

The Coffee Shop

Keep us Safe



Wil and Darla, founders of "Dueling Hearts" were members of a Central Texas band called "The Wortham Stringbenders" about 18 years ago which played at many Bluegrass festivals throughout Texas, Louisiana and Kansas. They had the opportunity to play at Venues with the Cox Family and The Lewis Family.
Now that their kids are grown, they decided to start another band. They call themselves "Dueling Hearts" due to Wil's song writing abilities always seem to pull on the heart strings in one way or the other.

Dueling Hearts are happy to announce the recording a second CD. This second CD contains 14 songs which consist of original material as well as some favorite cover songs.

Wil's banjo picking style was influenced by Earl Scruggs, the Dillards and Ricky Skaggs.

Darla's influences have been Patty Loveless, Sarah Evans, Emmy Lou Harris and Allison Krause

Arnie Adams played music at lots of venues, some of them he'd rather not mention. However, he enjoys playing and singing "especially Gospel Music" at churches and wherever the opportunity might come up. One of the best times of his life was in the mid-eighties to mid-nineties when he traveled around the state and sometimes outside the state and played acoustic bass and guitar at "Bluegrass Festivals" with a group called the "Wortham Stringbenders". (Two other members of that group was none other than the "Dueling Hearts" themselves, Wil and Darla Wilson.)

Alvis and Dawn Hill joined Dueling Hearts in March 2011. They discovered bluegrass music when a cycling ride took them through the community of Pearl during the famous Pearl Bluegrass Festival. The music and pie were great, so the "Pearl Pie Ride" became a regular event. After awhile some of the Pearl folks discovered that these strange people in spandex played instruments, but they obviously couldn't carry them on their bikes. One of the bass players started letting Alvis play his bass while he took a break and another guy loaned Dawn his guitar while he played harmonica. Eventually the Pearl Pie Rides went away, but Alvis and Dawn continued to attend as often as they could, this time with their own instruments. This is where they met Dueling Hearts and the rest, as they say, is history.

Alvis and Dawn are thrilled to be a part of Dueling Hearts. The friendship and like-minded faith create a special chemistry, and the songs are just plain fun!

Marlys Coursey is the newest and youngest member joining the group in March 2014.  Bluegrass music has been a part of Marlys life since she was born. She attended her first festival when she was 6 months old. At the age of four, she told her parents that she wanted to play the fiddle and be on stage. Two short years later, she did just that by performing at Salmon Lake Bluegrass Festival.  She fell in love with fiddling on stage, and ever since that day she has performed every chance she gets.  Marlys is quick to tell anyone that God has blessed her with the ability to play the fiddle the way she does. She says that the fiddle is the instrument she uses to make music, and that she is the instrument that God uses to bless people with that same music. 

Marlys has drawn the attention of other bands in the area with her young talent and is often asked to perform on stage at festivals.  She currently plays with 3 other bands;  The Coursey Family band, Paluxy River Bluegrass, and Tin Top Road.

She first saw Dueling Hearts perform at the 2013 Paluxy River Bluegrass Festival in Glen Rose, Texas. She was captivated with their energetic, fun-loving style of music and decided that day that she wanted to share the stage with them. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to play with such a talented group of people, and looks forward to many gigs together down the road.

Special Guest appearances:

John Peyton Shafer or "JP" is quite a young man, and extremely talented for 17 yrs old.
JP Won the 2010 Youth Mandolin Championship at the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, where he also took third place in Flatpicking and just recently became the 2011 Texas State Mandolin Champion.

Band Members