2019 album also available on CD.
‘Sugar Drops’, is the wonderful new release from the Minneapolis based quintet who revive the energy and sound of the hot jazz/blues and flapper sounds of the 30’s: Davina And The Vagabonds. ‘Sugar Drops’ is the first album on Red House Records from the group and marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album, however they have been creating a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, quality musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism and Davina Sowers’s commanding stage presence.
With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. The indomitable Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.
‘Sugar Drops’ is distillation of bluesy bar room baritone and bravado, graveyard jazz grooves, and noir-ish confessional lyricism backed by boisterous piano, guitar, and strings. Eclectic, engaging and instilled with a deep respect and knowledge for the Great American Songbook, ‘Sugar Drops’ is the actualisation of longstanding intent for Davina. “It represents about 100 years of Americana; I did exactly what I wanted to do,” she says.
The Minneapolis-based artist holed up in Nashville’s Compass Sound Studio with producer (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West, along with her trumpeter, string arranger and husband, Zack Lozier, and a rotating cast of powerhouse players including Todd Phillips (David Grisman, Robbie Fulks) on bass, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Tom Jones) on guitar and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa) on Hammond B3.
Davina and the band are constantly on the road, touring throughout the world they’ve earned feverish acclaim from the Chicago Tribune, NPR, and more in addition to performing on BBC’s international favourite late-night program Later... with Jools Holland and appearing on PBS’s Bluegrass Underground.
Available on Deluxe CD with bonus tracks and LP.
“... part Bonnie Raitt, part Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse” Star Tribune
“Davina Sowers is a one-of-a-kind performer whose singing... has a sassiness bearing some comparison to that of heart-thumping blues queens Ma Rainey and Ida Cox.” Downbeat