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Davina and The Vagabonds: Album Release Concert
Wurtele Thrust Stage
The unbelievable, harrowing and inspiring story of Davina Lozier gave birth to her eponymous band, Davina and The Vagabonds, in 2005. Backed by boisterous piano, guitar and strings, their eclectic brand of bluesy barroom baritone, graveyard jazz grooves and confessional lyricism shines bright. Since their first full-length album dropped in 2011, the quintet cemented their reputation as a Minneapolis favorite, toured internationally, released several albums and played nearly 200 gigs annually. To celebrate the highly anticipated release of their new album Sugar Drops, this musical evening will transcend all eras and expectations and tell Davina’s story like never before.
Davina Lozier grew up in the railroad town of Altoona, Pennsylvania, with an Edison record player always within reach. She vividly recalls religiously spinning records that belonged to her folk-singer mother: The Ink Spots, Fats Waller, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Simon & Garfunkel to name a few.
Despite early dalliances with classical piano and guitar, she developed a drug habit in high school, which morphed into a heroin dependency that left her homeless and sent her in and out of jail. Eventually, she got clean, started the band and has been making music — her first and eternal love — ever since. “I am a miracle,” Lozier says. “It really is amazing I’m alive. I can barely express the life I’ve lived. Starting the band saved me. Even though I’ve been clean for a long time, I still suffer, but I persevere. For me, to be this miracle and shine for myself and others is really important.”
With Lozier as frontwoman and lead vocalist, Davina and The Vagabonds has performed in 45 states, 12 European countries and two Canadian provinces, earned acclaim from the Chicago Tribune and NPR and performed on BBC’s “Later … With Jools Holland” and PBS’s “Bluegrass Underground.” The group’s full-length debut, Black Cloud, dropped in 2011, followed by Sunshine in 2014, which landed on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart, and the live album Nicollet and Tenth in 2016. In between recordings, they played nearly 200 gigs annually and performed at festivals across the country.
2019 marks a new chapter for the band as they release Sugar Drops — their first album with Nashville’s Red House Records that actualizes a longstanding dream for Lozier. “It represents about 100 years of Americana,” she says. “At the same time, I did exactly what I wanted to do. This album shows more confidence and awareness than ever before.” Taking a chance on some notable, heavy-hitting musicians, she holed up in a studio to record Sugar Drops with producer and Compass Records co-founder Garry West and her husband Zack Lozier, who doubles as her ride-or-die trumpeter and string arranger.
The album’s title encapsulates the sweet-and-sour spirit of the music. “To me, each song is a little tiny sugar drop for me to make a whole album of beauty and honesty,” Lozier explains. “Plus, I love some sugar. [laughs] It’s about what has happened and how I overcame all of it. I want people to feel the honesty I’m trying to convey. Hopefully, they can relate. It’s just the truth — my truth.”
Learn more at www.davinaandthevagabonds.com.