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William DuVall’s first solo album, “One Alone,” is a smoldering, all-acoustic affair. In contrast to the multi-layered sonic assault comprising most of his discography, “One Alone” is as sparse and intimate as it gets - part late-night confessional, part living room concert. As William describes it, “I felt the need to peel everything back. This album is strictly one voice, one guitar. It reveals the very core of who I am as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter.”

The album’s first single, “‘Til The Light Guides Me Home,” is a song of redemption in the wake of tragedy. Inspired by a family break-up, “‘Til The Light...” also hints at the larger implications of a planet seemingly descending into chaos.

From the romantic pleas of “Strung Out On A Dream,” “White Hot,” and “Still Got A Hold On My Heart” to the betrayal of a close friend addressed in “The Veil Of All My Fears,” these solo acoustic performances cut right to the raw nerve at the heart of each song. As a meditation on heartbreak, resilience, and hard-won wisdom, “One Alone” offers rewards that can’t be found anywhere else by an artist who continues to forge a singular path across a boundless musical landscape.

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released October 4, 2019

One Alone

Produced by William DuVall

Tracks 1, 3-8, & 11 Recorded & Mixed by Jeff Bakos at Bakos Amp Works, Atlanta, on February 22, 2011
Tracks 2, 9, & 10 Recorded & Mixed by Jeffrey Blount at Amber Leaf Studios, Atlanta, on December 30-31, 2017

Mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering, New York

Art Direction and Layout by Susan Archie
Photos by James Demer

All songs written by William DuVall. Published by Ultramad Music (ASCAP).
Except Track 3 music by DuVall/Constantine. Published by Ultramad Music/Last Leg Music (ASCAP).

©℗ 2019 DVL Recordings, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: 'Til The Light Guides Me Home
TIL THE LIGHT GUIDES ME HOME (DuVall)

Dark days tearin’ me down
Nights are soaked with tears
Our love won’t ever die
But neither will our fear
So we go on after goodbye
Like the seasons changing
Under the all-seeing sky

Someday this pain may be gone
But for now I chase the dawn
I can feel you buried in my bones
And I’m afraid
But not alone
’Til the light guides me home

I tried to build upon a dream
Born in our family tree
But all I did was break you down
With my demons and insecurity
It’s a wicked sorrow
That makes a man do the things I’ve done
And I can’t blame you
For calling up the strength it took to run

Someday I may feel your smile again
When I atone for all my sins
But I belong in this hell I’ve made my own
Still afraid
But not alone
’Til the light guides me home

© 2011 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: The Veil Of All My Fears
THE VEIL OF ALL MY FEARS (DuVall)

Sun rising on the hill
You were at the wheel all night
Laughing at my jokes
That only you and I seem to get

I’m tired of the view through the veil of all my fears
I’m tired of the sound of you drowning in your tears
I think of how we lost ourselves along the way
Both gunned down by the ricochet
Of foolish words that pride allows
To win the day

Now strangers lost in grief
The hail of noise that life brings
Stone, I had to make my heart
To fill the space where you used to be

So much pain I can’t explain
But through it all, my love remains
I’m calling out
Calling out
Calling out to you
Though it’s in vain

© 2018 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: The 3 Wishes
THE 3 WISHES (Lyrics: DuVall, Music: DuVall, Constantine)

Buried in my skin
Sweating out my sin
The three wishes
Are all that’s keeping me alive

Broken by temptation
Alive in paradise
Swallowed in the landslide
Or dancing in the light
This twisted ecstasy
One love in heresy
And I pray you’ll never
Lose your hold on me

I could play the part
Scarab on your heart
My three wishes
Are all that’s keeping me alive

© 1999 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP) / Last Leg Music (ASCAP)

Lyrics: William DuVall
Music: William DuVall and Nico Constantine
Track Name: Strung Out On A Dream
STRUNG OUT ON A DREAM (DuVall)

Lover, I just can’t make sense of this
How I could hate you just as much as miss you
Lover, on a lonely night like this
I would trade my kingdom just to kiss you

And now the violet hour calls
It wakes me from my sleep
For I want so much more
Than you would have me keep

Strung out on a dream
Stranded where I lay
But over and again
I give myself away
Strung out on a dream
But I see the light
‘Cause tonight just might be our time
Tonight just might be our time coming

Lover, got my pedal to the floor
And I’ll soon be scratching at your door
Lover, with my face against the pane
I’ll hold your hand as we both go insane

And now, in these violet hours,
A stranger to my sleep,
I want you so much
It hurts for me to breathe

One more chance is all I ask of you now, darlin’
One more chance is all I need
One more chance is all I ask of you, my love
‘Cause tonight just might be our time
Tonight just might be our time coming

© 2000 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: White Hot
WHITE HOT (DuVall)

You are so much more than beautiful
I can’t help trying
You are so much more than beautiful
I can’t help crying

‘Cause I can’t find the words for what you are
I can’t find the name to claim your star
My heart is breaking

You are so much more than beautiful
I want to lose myself

‘Cause I can’t find the words for what you are
I can’t find the name to claim your star
My heart is aching

I see that look in your eyes
It’s white hot
I feel the heat from your skin
It’s white hot
And when I’m locked in your stare
There’s nowhere left to run
So let’s fly into the sun, my love

© 2007 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: Still Got A Hold On My Heart
STILL GOT A HOLD ON MY HEART (DuVall)

Leave me to my delusion
Tell me what to say
When the day is stealing every illusion
I’m hoping, praying in vain that you’ll say
That we’ll start again

I can’t outrun the days gone by
You still got a hold on my heart
But you’re worth every tear I cry
You still got a hold
And there’s no letting go

Sometimes when I’m still dreaming
I listen and I could swear that I hear you singing
Off in the distance
You’re waiting for me to join the next line
But I pantomime

Just like the sky surrenders the rain falling down
I keep on flying and crashing that plane
Into your killing ground
Every explosion knowing my soul is glory bound
Then you can write on my grave
That the love I gave you saved you
While I slowly drowned

© 2007 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: Smoke And Mirrors
SMOKE AND MIRRORS (DuVall)

Your love brings me to my knees
Rapes my memories
Kills me by degrees

Your love owns my heart and mind
Leaves no peace to find
Pulls me out of line

And every breath you take is a siren song
That’s got me spinning
Out of control

I’m scratching at your door
Holding out for more
Solid in my faith
But shaken to the core
And in your darkest hour
I will see you through
I’ll lay down my life
The way true lovers do
To build a bridge to you

Your love chants the crying curse
Rings my nightmare nurse
Drives a diamond hearse

And every touch I feel from another
Just leaves me wanting
What you won’t give up

© 1999 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: So Cruel
SO CRUEL (DuVall)

No words I say can speak my heart
And no mask I wear will let me play the part
If I could be a better liar
Then I might better hide my true desire

You’re so cruel
So cruel when you walk on by
You drive me wild
I’m hungry like a newborn child
You’re so cruel
So cruel when you walk on by

Maybe we choose our destiny
Born to be drifters on a raging sea
And crucified upon this cross that we call love
When you’re the only one that I’ll be dreaming of

© 2001 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: Chains Around My Heart
CHAINS AROUND MY HEART (DuVall)

Reach for me across this frozen distance
We’ve come too far to turn around
I don’t know why it comes so easy
For me to break your heart and let you down

Well, maybe I could cry you a river
But I’d probably just be wasting my tears
And tears won’t wash away
These chains around my heart

Chains around my heart

The harder we push away each other
The more wrapped up we seem to be
Forgive me, darling, if I’m jealous of your power
The spell you’re casting over me

And even if you tell me it’s over
We both know those are just hollow words
And hollow words can never break
These chains around my heart

© 1996 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: Keep Driving Me Away
KEEP DRIVING ME AWAY (DuVall)

I’m moving too fast
Coming on too strong
I’m like a Molotov cocktail
Since the day that I was born
It’s just that I want you
I want you so much

You’re lookin’ so pretty
I can hardly stand the pain
You got the wind blowin’ in your hair
And that ice flowing through your veins
I could die happy under your touch

Seems like we’re always saying goodbye
Feels like I’m drowning
And I don’t know why

You keep driving me away

You’re acting so suspicious
And I know you got your pride
‘Cause every time you let your guard down
Somebody took you for a ride
But now you’ve run into
A different kind of fool

© 1996 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall
Track Name: No Need To Wonder
NO NEED TO WONDER (DuVall)

Now may be the only time
We get to share the smallest part
Of the loneliness that makes us who we are
It seems to be the way
You never seem to stay too long
When your work is done
You leave me high and dry
And God only knows why
I just can’t get enough

There’s no need to wonder
Why you pull me under
‘Cause I can’t stop to think about
Coming to my senses
And I can’t stop to think about
Truth or consequences now

You know I can’t refuse
And even if we lose
I’ll stand this ground with you
Your ever-watchful eye
Whatever fortune falls
Remember we are flesh for just a moment’s time
But spirits evermore
If we only knew what for

© 1999 Ultramad Music, LLC (ASCAP)

Music and Lyrics: William DuVall