Ask Adia Victoria outright about her life and you’ll be met with a few readied no-fluff bullet points: she’s from South Carolina. She was raised seventh day Adventist. she started playing guitar at twenty one and she’s never stopped moving. On the rare chance she divulges more, you’ll quickly notice a common theme threading itself through her story–rivers.
“When I was 18 I stood on the bank of the Seine. I didn’t have a friend in Paris and I thought about jumping in and letting the water take me where ever.”
At nineteen she hovered above the Hudson, newly arrived in New York City, and whispered to the city “I’m gonna rule the world.”
She will tell you at twenty three she saw the Chattahoochee swell up and swallow Sandy Springs. At eight years old the Pacolet river in her native Campobello washed away her black patent leather shoes.
Adia moved to Nashville in 2010 just after the Cumberland devastated the city’s downtown and started moonlighting solo in clubs and bars around town. After three years of playing out between her school schedule and family life she formed the Adia Victoria Band with Ruby Rogers, Tiffany Minton and Mason Hickman to flesh out her primitive songs on misery, madness, hope beyond reason and the eponymous South.
“The one thing I like most about rivers is that they never stop to explain. They just keep moving”