Today on Ecléctico you're listening to a slow groove blues by Adia Victoria, a Nashville-based musician, singer, and songwriter originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Henry Carrigan on No Depression.
"Whole World Knows" by Adia Victoria
2021 | Spartanburg-born, Nashville-based musician, singer, and songwriter
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The phrase “Southern Gothic” brings to mind moss-draped drives to plantations, grotesque scenes peopled by mean-spirited men or by sideshow freaks, and haunted woods and houses with the skeletons of slavery filling the closets. In his novel Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner has one of his characters ask another to “Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.” Faulkner’s stories tell about only one South, though, the South of the white male, and Black men and women play, at best, marginal roles, the characters standing in for cultural stereotypes. Adia Victoria’s new album, A Southern Gothic, tells a different story about the South.
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