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Nocturnal Blonde

Still Gushing
(Self-Released)
Release Date: August 23, 2019

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Nocturnal Blonde was originally created to bring awareness, in loose story form, to the devastating reality of the opioid pandemic. Ritchie Williams, producer/ songwriter/ singer/instrumentalist of Nocturnal Blonde, nearly lost his brother, Dave Williams, to an incidental opiate-related overdose. Though he survived, Dave was left with permanent neurological damage.

Before his brother’s incident, Ritchie had the opportunity and privilege to work with Athens, Georgia legend Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Michael produced an album by a local act in which Ritchie sang, wrote, and played guitar. Stipe also lent assistance to Williams by co-writing and simplifying one of his songs.

Ritchie was truly moved by Michael’s concise, intuitive approach as producer. With the education of studio experience and the need to help the fight against the opioid crisis, Williams initiated Nocturnal Blonde, a studio project with purpose. Most of the material on Still Gushing was written by Dave and Ritchie Williams, brothers and best friends, during the throes of Dave’s addiction. Younger brother, Ritchie experienced his own full system breakdown while writing the rest of the material alone.

Williams didn’t have to dig too deep to find compassionate talent in Athens. With a deep, supportive cast of instrumentalists on deck, Ritchie’s confidence grew. The only thing missing was a true lead singer. By luck, standout vocalist, Rachel Adams was discovered, harmonizing to radio songs at Ritchie’s day job. The coworkers immediately bonded, and Rachel accepted Ritchie’s proposal to join forces and fight for the cause. Within three months, Nocturnal Blonde released their debut EP, Smart Heart.
“The positive press reviews of Smart Heart and positive feedback from my brother was so encouraging that I had to keep the project alive. The next step was to share the whole story, and hopefully touch someone who’s struggling with similar issues, with our LP, Still Gushing. – Ritchie Williams.


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