Singer, songwriter and guitarist Adia Victoria is WXPN’s Artist To Watch for July. Having just released her impressive debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, the Nashville based musician digs deep into her Southern musical roots for a collection of songs that blend, blues and rock with touches of psychedelia and dark imagery and haunting storytelling.
Born in South Carolina, Adia was raised by her parents who were Seventh-Day Adventists. Her main musical influence growing up came via those hymnals, however once her family left the church, music that had avoided her all her life became influential – bands and artists like Nirvana, Fiona Apple, Miles Davis, and blues artist Victoria Spivey. You can hear that unique juxtaposition of early musical touchstones in Adia’s music, and it’s one of the most captivating things about her debut Beyond The Bloodhounds.
At a show at Johnny Brenda’s last month, Adia put on an incredible show. On stage she exhibits confidence, charisma, and passion, and it’s clear she’s blazing her own musical trail.
Below, watch her perform “Horrible Weather” via VuHaus, and “Dark Eyes” performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Purchase Beyond The Bloodhounds here.
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