In an age when the Internet immediately determines the popularity of an artist, it seems presumptuous to heap the hype on a musician after releasing just one song. After listening to the malaise-filled anthemic "Stuck In The South" by Nashville-based artist Adia Victoria, the song legitimizes the practice of being quick to judge the vitality and importance of this songwriter and her distinctive perception of the ways of the world. The single not only works in establishing Victoria's bold and brash personality, but paints a melancholic picture of a young woman's hopelessness and desperation to escape her upbringing set to muddy rhythm and blues.
"I wrote 'Stuck In the South' from the vantage point of my teenage self in Mauldin, South Carolina," she explains, "I tried to put myself back in the emotional place I was at before leaving home for the first time and moving to NYC. The South had become synonymous with insanity for me. It was becoming less a place and more a sick frame of mind. I don't "mean" for it to represent anything [other] than what it inherently is: a song about a young girl being driven insane by her surroundings."More »