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ADIA VICTORIA

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

A Nashville-based singer/songwriter who spins dark-hued tales of life in the Deep South, Adia Victoria earned critical acclaim for her gothic indie blues following the 2016 release of her Atlantic-issued debut Beyond the Bloodhounds. Over the next two years, Victoria took breaks from touring to issue a French-sung EP and another of classic blues covers before recording her 2019 follow-up, Silences, with producer Aaron Dessner of the National; her third studio LP, 2021's A Southern Gothic, was produced by T-Bone Burnett.

Victoria was one of five children raised in a committed Seventh Day Adventist family. Growing up in South Carolina, she attended religious school until shortly before sixth grade, after which her mother moved her to public school, where she developed introverted tendencies. During her high school days, Victoria took to writing poems and short stories and became a voracious reader with tastes ranging from Flannery O'Connor to Angela Davis. Following high school, she spent some time living in New York City, but eventually left for Georgia where for her 21st birthday, a friend gave her a guitar, setting off an intense interest in music and a fascination with vintage acoustic blues. After a period spent traveling in Europe, she settled in Nashville and began writing her own songs. Absorbing the sounds of the South -- rural blues and vintage country -- and interpolating her literary influences, Victoria soon became a common presence on the Nashville club scene and attracted a devoted following.