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Singer Adia Victoria Embraces The South's Dualities On Her New Album, 'A Southern Gothic'

Adia Victoria is a singer out of Nashville by way of her hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her new album, out this week, is called “A Southern Gothic.”

Adia Victoria

It’s a record full of songs that struggle with the push and pull of the South, how so many of us are drawn to the place despite all its tragic flaws.

Those feelings are especially strong for Victoria, who grew up as a Black girl in a nearly all-white evangelical church.

She’s spent her whole life untangling the knots that childhood created, and it’s reflected in her music – a 21st-century blues that can sound just as raw and haunted as old records by blues pioneer Robert Johnson.

Show notes

  • Victoria's website
  • Her new album, "A Southern Gothic" (out Sept. 17)
  • The video for "Magnolia Blues"
  • Victoria also has her own podcast, "Call and Response"

    Music in this episode (all songs by Adia Victoria)

  • "Carolina Bound"
  • "Magnolia Blues"
  • "Far From Dixie"
  • "Deep Water Blues"
  • South for the Winter"
Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary, On My Mind, which airs every Monday.