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Showing posts with label David Gogo. Show all posts
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Friday, June 14, 2013

DAVID GOGO RELEASES COME ON DOWN ON JULY 2, 2013



DAVID GOGO RELEASES COME ON DOWN
ON JULY 2, 2013


LISTEN TO CALL YOUR NAME


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

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
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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To download a hi res image of the cover art – click here.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cordoba Bay Records artist: David Gogo - Christmas With The Blues - New release review

I just received the new David Gogo release, Christmas With The Blues, and it's really cool. Unlike many seasonal recordings where it's mostly campy redo's of traditional tracks, Gogo sets a new table with blues tracks about Christmas. Now this isn't a new concept, but one that I rarely see. This is a cd that for the most part doesn't have every familiar Christmas melody. The recording opens with a Canned Heat number, Christmas Blues. This track is given a traditional blues take and has hot guitar riffs from Gogo as well as some cool piano from David Vest. Christmas on The Bayou, a Gogo original is a funky, smokey blues jam with interlaced harp, bass, solo guitar and percussion with a spoken track over the mix. Christmas Tears is right out of the Freddie King song book and Gogo does an exemplary job on this track both with vocal and stinging guitar retort. Another Gogo original, Let's Get a Real Tree takes a Chuck Berry approach along the lines of Run Run Rudolph with some flaring rock n roll riffs. Charles Brown classic Please Come Home For Christmas gets a straight up cover with some really smooth sax work from Phil Dwyer. Gogo, sings a cool rendition of this track and lays down a nice complimentary light but tight solo. A Lieber and Stoller track, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, gets a real super blues rub and Gogo shows why he is one of the highest respected blues guitarists in the north! This is a smoker! Merry Christmas Baby, a R&B classic gets a pure R&B treatment but with a strong dose of Gogo on guitar. David has a great hand and doesn't overplay but squeezes just the right amount of blues from his instrument. The recording is completed with Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin', a Sir Mack Rice track previously recorded by Freddie King. Gogo gives it a different twist with some more adventurous soloing but keeping with the funky rhythm. This is a cd that if you want blues music any time during the year, this will work. The guitar and playing is that strong. Now if you need to hear the words and sing along...it's a seasonal recording and one that will keep the blues flowing.

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This video is not from the cd but none were available so if you are unfamiliar with Gogo's work...here's a taste! 

 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hoochie Coochie Man - David Gogo



David Gogo (born March 18, 1969), is a Canadian blues guitarist who is currently signed to the Cordova Bay Records label.



David Gogo is the cousin of Trooper keyboardist Paul Gogo.



Gogo was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and received his first guitar at the age of five. At the age of 15, he met Stevie Ray Vaughan backstage at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia and was encouraged by the blues legend to pursue a career in blues. By the age of 16, he was getting regular work as a musician. Gogo formed a band called The Persuaders, which eventually opened for blues performers such as Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins. After a European tour supporting The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gogo signed a solo record deal with EMI Records.[2] He soon after performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the likes of B.B. King, Otis Rush and Blues Traveler. He also guested on Tom Cochrane's Mad Mad World album while working on material for his upcoming debut album.



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dust My Broom - David Gogo


David Gogo (born March 18, 1969), is a Canadian blues guitarist who is currently signed to the Cordova Bay Records label.
Gogo was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and received his first guitar at the age of five. By the age of 16, he was getting regular work as a musician. Gogo formed a band called The Persuaders, which eventually opened for blues performers such as Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins. After performing in Europe, Gogo signed a solo record deal with EMI Records.

His albums have included Dine Under the Stars, Change of Pace, Bare Bones, "Halfway to Memphis", "Live At Deer Lake", Skeleton Key, "Vibe" and "Acoustic". He appeared as a guest musician on Tom Cochrane's album Mad Mad World, Bob Walsh's album "Bob Walsh Live – A Canadian Blues Rendez-Vous" and others. His "Acoustic" album, released in 2006, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award. He is a two-time Maple Blues Award winner.

David Gogo is the cousin of Trooper keyboardist Paul Gogo.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Louisiana Blues - David Gogo


David Gogo (born March 18, 1969), is a Canadian blues guitarist who is currently signed to the Cordova Bay label.
Gogo was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and received his first guitar at the age of five. By the age of 16, he was getting regular work as a musician. Gogo formed a band called The Persuaders, which eventually opened for blues performers such as Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins. After performing in Europe, Gogo signed a solo record deal with EMI Records.

His albums have included Dine Under the Stars, Change of Pace, Bare Bones, "Halfway to Memphis", "Live At Deer Lake", Skeleton Key, "Vibe" and "Acoustic". He appeared as a guest musician on Tom Cochrane's album Mad Mad World, Bob Walsh's album "Bob Walsh Live – A Canadian Blues Rendez-Vous" and others. His "Acoustic" album, released in 2006, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award. He is a two-time Maple Blues Award winner.

David Gogo is the cousin of Trooper keyboardist Paul Gogo.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Release from David Gogo - Soul Bender - Review


Been waiting to listen to this new cd since it was first announced. I've only recently become acquainted with Davids work and really like his sound. This recording is made up of 10 songs, a number of them written by Gogo. The opening track, Please Find My Baby, is an old Elmore James tune and really comes on strong. Track 2, Slow it Down, demonstrates the bands tight feel as they play Texas style but without overplaying the "modern" cliche guitar riffs. The 4th track on the cd, Time Is Killing Me, is nicely a written original and has a haunting quality to both melody and his unique playing. Track 5, a cover of Wilson Pickett's I Found A Love, is nicely handled and shows some tasty soloing. Track 6, the cover of the Doors "Changling" is nicely done but Gogo doesn't take the chance to take it over the top with his soloing. I'm sure this will play out nicely in concert. Track 9, Do You Know How It Feels, another Gogo original is a good strong rocker and will keep you moving. I'm sure it will again play out very nicely in concert. The final track, Whiskey Train, has a nice gritty sound and Gogo does take some time with a little experimental interlude at the end which is pretty nice. I know I'm old but do they still sell cowbells for drummers?

Overall the cd is fairly consistent although I haven't been able to find David's unique signature on this cd so that I would be able to pick his individual playing out anywhere.The cd shows a real solid effort and I'm certain that new and existing fans will not be disappointed.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dust My Broom - David Gogo


I think that every slide player who ever played the blues learned how from studying Elmore James. Here's one of Elmore's classics. David Gogo is doing a great job of burning up the wire out there. If you get a chance to see him... take the opportunity.

Friday, April 22, 2011

It's a Mans World



Although still relatively young in "blues years", David Gogo has accomplished much in his career. So far he has three Juno nominations, was named Musician of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, was twice named Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards, and has been bestowed with the CBC Saturday Night Blues, Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada.

Nine albums have been released under his name and he has been a guest on a number of other artists recordings. David has composed music for television and major motion pictures and his songs have been performed and recorded by various musicians worldwide.

Whether he’s showcasing his blistering guitar licks and soulful vocals during his electric performances or drawing the crowd in with his humour and down-to-earth personality during his acoustic shows, audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Scandinavia can attest to his outstanding talent.

This is David Gogo's take on James Browns tune. I think that he does a beautiful job on it. Better step up while you have the chance...