Daily Distraction: Listen to Adia Victoria's 'Magnolia Blues'

The song is the first released off the just-announced new album 'A Southern Gothic,' due out Sept. 17

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria has long wrestled with the troubled legacy of the South, a concept that surfaced on past songs such as "Stuck in the South" and "South Gotta Change," on which the South Carolina-born singer and songwriter sounds determined to haul the region into the present by force if necessary. "I would drag you to the light," she sings.

This mission continues with the slow-burning "Magnolia Blues."

"‘Magnolia Blues’ is an ode to Southern Black folk — too often hemmed out of what we mean when we say ‘Southerner’ — and it is also an ode to the South itself," Victoria said in a press release. "To rescue it from — in the words of William Faulkner — ‘a make believe region of swords and magnolias and mockingbirds which perhaps never existed.’"

The song is the first to surface off of the musician's forthcoming full-length, A Southern Gothic, which includes contributions from Jason Isbell, Margo Price and Matt Berninger and is due out Sept. 17.

"I wanted the album to be a time stamp of where I was in 2020,” Victoria said. “I wanted to pay homage and be honest to what I had to work with. I didn’t feel the need to go back and change it and pretty it up. It was honest and it was true.”

Watch the video for "Magnolia Blues" below.