Red House Records has released Sugar Drops, the new album from Davina and the Vagabonds. The album marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album. 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 session musicians 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 spoke with The Fountain about the album and Scotland.
TF: You’ve a new album out, what has the reception been like so far?
I snuck a box into Canada before release date this past week. I sold out in one show. The songs I’ve been showcasing from the album have received nothing but love. It fills my heart.
TF: Can you tell us a bit more about Sugar Drops, like what inspired the title?
To me each song is a little drop of sugar. They are all over the map when it comes to the emotional based reason each song was written, but to me… Even tears can be sweet and healing.
TF: And what touring plans have you at the moment, I see you were performing at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival?
We are traveling all over! Buzzing around from the Middle East – East Europe and all over the US.
TF: How do you find the Scottish crowd, have you performed in Edinburgh before?
I adore Scotland. Edinburgh is truly magical. It’s my favorite city in the world. I feel some sort of belonging there.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
I know this sounds like an easy way out of answering.. but I truly have favorite gigs for different favorite reasons. The vibe, the stage, the community, the sound systems, the pianos, the memories, how I played on a specific night. I have some of the best gigs set up right next to a bathroom door in a corner of a neighborhood bar.
Sugar Drops is available now, via Red House Records.