Adia Victoria takes the blues seriously. Over the past couple of years, the Nashville-based songwriter has adapted her sound to reflect many facets of Southern rock, and her latest single may be her most dangerous. “We are lost, in vain,” she sings on “Dope Queen Blues,” her newest music since the Baby Blues EP, which came out in February.
The track feels as raucous as the times it represents. A few deep piano notes are all it needed to bare its teeth, and the addition of brass and percussion drive home its power. It’s hard to not to feel the track’s infectious invincibility. Adia Victoria worked on the song with Aaron Dessner of The National, who helped make the song come together. She recalls, “After that initial session, Aaron dropped me off at the train and I was sitting on the train and it was then that I knew we were on to something really special.”
Tomorrow, The National will headline a daylong event featuring Adia, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Cigarettes After Sex, and Phoebe Bridgers. She will also be playing the Deep Blues Festival in Mississippi in October. You can find links to more info about her live dates on her website. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.