Davina & the Vagabonds inject a fresh approach to a very classic style of music, a mix of blues & New Orleans-style jazz. The Minneapolis band has just released a brand new record called Sunshine (read our review) , and we mean record, it is available on vinyl as well as CD & mp3. We talk with leader Davina Sowers about her love of vintage music and how it gets infused in her songs. She also tells us how Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups influenced the song “I Try to Be Good,” and how everyone, even Britney Spears, should cover a Fats Waller song.
Led by a versatile singer/songwriter, this band injects some fresh life into some vintage music
Davina & the Vagabonds, featuring the sassy vocals of pianist Davina Sowers and a brash frontline horn section, recall the jazz and blues of turn-of-the-century New Orleans. But, underneath that brazen outer shell is a technically savvy band with an extraordinary songwriter. Their brand new CD, Black Cloud, features 13 tracks all penned by Sowers – ranging from the down-in-the-dumps title track to the surprisingly cheerful “Pocket”. Icon Fetch talks to the band’s front woman about her writing process, reaching the finals of an international songwriting contest, and the origins of her “old school” roots.