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Davina and The Vagabonds / Press

“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.”

Mick Rainsford - 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.”

Adrian Blacklee - Blues Matters Magazine

“(Davina and The Vagabonds) They dare to be different.Davina zips to near impossible heights in a divine declaration of romance”

Frank John Hadley - Downbeat Magazine

“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.”

Marc Silver - NPR

“Davina is a modern day, female version, of Louis Armstrong.”

Jim Hynes - Elmore Magazine

“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." ”

Ken Wright - 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."

-JON BREAM - Star Tribune (Opening for Pinetop Perkins)

“Davina beckons an age when bad girls wore red lipstick and pin curls. Her music may be adorned with exceptional groaning trumpets, rat-a-tatting drum rolls, and staccato piano lines, but nothing deserves the complementing position to her voice. She’s in a league of her own. ”

“Hardest working Blues woman in Minnesota”

“When I listen to her sing all I can say is “Fun, fun, fun!”

“Davina and The Vagabonds are based out of the Twin Cities and play hot jazz-blues-cabaret-soul-lounge-rock that warms the soul an just plain makes ya wanna dance. ”