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Showing posts with label Come On Down. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Come On Down. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cordova Bay Records artist: David Gogo - Come On Down - New Release Review

I just received a copy of the newest release, Come On Down, by David Gogo and it's a rocker. Opening with Faces track Bad "n" Ruin, Gogo sets the pace for the release with searing slide work. On title track and original tune, Come On Down, Gogo captures sounds of the south with influences of the mountains and the swamps. Another original track, Call Your Name, has a rockin beat. Directed primarily at airplay the track has a nice hook and paired guitar leads. Worth It has a strong R&B sound with backing vocals by Tina Jones, Amber Handley, Shelley Beeston and Ken Ermter. Clean country influenced blues riffs highlight the track. Natchez Dog has a cool low slung blues feel with Shawn Hall on harp and Gogo on acoustic slide. Kings is an electric blues rocker with solid bass and crisp drums. Reminding me a bit of a Glenn Frey track, this is another track if promoted right could easily gather substantial air following. Grinding guitar work and simple drum rhythms also are strong compliments to this track. Atlanta Rhythm Section hit track So Into You is covered here with a bit of R&B grease and backing vocals. This track was large a umber of years ago and now with Gogo playing a hot guitar riff on top of a newer arrangement could easily do it again. Gogo original Blue Eyed Daisy is a hard driving rocker with some white hot flaming guitar riffs. Ashford and Simpson classic, Let's Go Get Stoned, gets a real nice blues treatment not only providing a nice bed of rhythm for Gogo's best vocals on the release but also some terrific blues guitar riffs. Really nice. Taking another direction, Gogo covers Robert Palmer's pop track Looking For Clues. keeping with the original uptempo and underfunk, Gogo adds some understated but slick guitar riffs throughout the track. Christine McVie's Spare Me A Little has a nice soul/R&B groove which is preserved. Vocal duet work and soulful guitar work makes this a memorable track that Gogo made his own very nicely. Completing the release is Lindsay Buckingham's World Turning. Maintaining the original tempo but spicing it up substantially with super slide work takes this from a traditional pop tune and makes it a nice blues interpretation track with multiple faces. Harp solos by Hall and slide solos by Gogo make this another hot track for the blues lover.

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Friday, June 14, 2013


ON JULY 2, 2013


Toronto, ON – May 30, 2013 – Vancouver Island’s David Gogo returns July 2nd with his 13th studio album, Come On Down (Cordova Bay Records).   With a worldwide fanbase and impressive list of accomplishments, David’s new album is sure to perk up everyone’s playlist this summer with its perfect blend of Gogo originals and hand picked reinvented classics.  Have a listen to Call Your Name from the album.  One of Canada’s hardest working and most prolific guitar virtuosos, David will hit the road with shows across the country (please see tour dates below) including many festival dates.  

Sometimes the best art comes out of a journey.  Before writing and recording his latest album, Come On Down, Gogo took a pilgrimage along the Blues Trail starting in Memphis and traveling through Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.  Highlights of his southern adventure included sitting in with local musicians at The Shack Up Inn, Ground Zero, and Red’s in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  He appeared as a guest on Sonny Payne’s renowned King Biscuit Radio Hour, and toured the legendary Fame, Sun, Stax, and Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios.  Gogo also traveled to towns mentioned in Robert Johnson songs, poured bourbon on Johnson’s grave, and even went down to Rosedale with his rider by his side, as those famous Crossroads lyrics proclaim.

Inspired by his journey through the birthplace of the blues, Gogo wrote six original tunes and combined them with six reinvented yet classic covers to create a new album that not only honours traditional blues but also gets you dancing with some good old gritty rock and roll.  Come On Down takes you to a place where Robert Johnson meets the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac meets Ray Charles.  It’s a wild ride that Gogo navigates with ease, ingenuity and style (complete tracklisting below). 

Throughout his career, David has earned four JUNO nominations, the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday Night Blues’ Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year.  He has played on stage with Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Albert Collins, and Bo Diddley and has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and Jimmy Vaughan.  In March 2013, he performed as the supporting act for blues legend B.B. King for the third time in his career, this time at the Port Theatre in Gogo’s hometown of Nanaimo, BC.

Gogo has released thirteen albums to date and he has been a guest on a number of recordings.  He has composed music for television and major motion pictures and his songs have been performed and recorded by musicians worldwide.  He continues to tour relentlessly, performing across North America and Europe in venues ranging from small blues bars to massive blues festivals.  Whether he’s showcasing his blistering guitar licks and soulful vocals during an electric performance or drawing the crowd in with his humour and down-to-earth personality during an acoustic show, audiences everywhere can attest to Gogo’s outstanding talent.

Come On Down – have a listen to David Gogo’s new album!

COME ON DOWN Tracklisting:
  1. Bad ‘n’ Ruin
  2. Come On Down
  3. Call Your Name
  4. Worth It
  5. Natchez Dog
  6. Kings
  7. So Into You
  8. Blue Eyed Daisy
  9. Let’s Get Stoned
  10. Looking For Clues
  11. Spare Me A Little Of Your Love
  12. World Turning

June 1 – Gravenhurst, ON – Muskoka Blues Dinner Cruise
June 15 – Crofton, BC – Crofton Hotel
June 22 – White Rock, BC – Blue Frog Studio
June 26 – Mission, BC –  Fraser River Heritage Park - Envision Concert Series
July 1 – Montreal, QC – Montreal International Jazz Festival
July 6 – Courtenay, BC – Joe’s Garage
July 14 – St. Catharines, ON – Blues in the Vineyard – Henry of Pelham Winery
July 15 – Toronto, ON – Hugh’s Room
July 19 – Peterborough, ON – Holiday Inn – Blues Series
July 20 – Ottawa, ON – Rainbow Bistro
July 26 – Stevensville, ON – Safari Niagara (w/ Colin James)
July 27 – Arnprior, ON – John Street Pub
August 2 – Tahsis, BC – Rock The Dock – Westview Marina
August 10 – Burnaby, BC – Deer Lake Park – Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival
August 23/24 – Nanaimo, BC – Nanaimo Blues Festival

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