“Think of a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse, and you come close to understanding what Davina Sowers is all about…Davina is
a real talent who deserves greater exposure – and I have no option but to highly recommend this band.”
BLUES IN BRITAIN
“Two things distinguish this fine band, the first being leader Davina Sowers’ big, nostalgic soul voice, something between Etta James and Madeleine Peyroux. The other is the band’s crisp, clean sound, just piano, upright bass, trombone, trumpet and drums. No clutter.”
The Billings Gazette
“I cannot believe that Davina’s vocals will remain ‘un-heard’ for much longer, she has a unique talent that has Blues & Jazz crossover opportunities.”
Blues Matters Magazine
“(Davina and The Vagabonds) They dare to be different.Davina zips to near impossible heights in a divine declaration of romance”
“Davina Sowers’ classically trained right fingers shimmy down the piano keys and meet up with an insistent boogie-woogie bass. Then she reveals her other musical talent: a sassy, salty, sweet voice that’s childlike at the top, husky at the bottom.”
“Davina is a modern day, female version, of Louis Armstrong.”
“Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a wondrous musical time machine. They have the panache and superlative musicianship to recreate the retro sound and ageless appeal of golden age Americana in high-definition reality on stage for your immense pleasure and enjoyment."
THunderBay Blues Festival Guide
"...First was Twin Cities singer-pianist Davina Sowers, who sounds like the daughter of Leon Redbone and Betty Boop trained on piano by Randy Newman. Backed by an upright bassist and trombonist. Her slurring, Southern voice sounded affected and alluring at the same time."
Star Tribune (Opening for Pinetop Perkins)