Canadian blues artists from coast to coast have been honoured with nominations for the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards, being held on January 23rd at Koerner Hall in Toronto. This year Cordova Bay Records's David Gogo grabbed not one, not two, but three nominations! Gogo is up for Electric Act of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Recording/Producer of the Year for his 2015 release "Vicksburg Call".
Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $45 - $80 and can be purchased at The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at RCM box office (416) 408-0208 or online at http://performance.rcmusic.ca/tickets/seats/13205. TBS Members, Nominees and Blues Summit Eight Delegates can purchase best available seats for $35.
Voting will open November 1 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST). Blues fans can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 1. Register at www.mapleblues.ca.
November 1, 2016
The success of Gogo's latest album Vicksburg Call continues with him being nominated for a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Artist Of The Year. This follows a Juno nomination earlier in the year. Gogo will be attending the award ceremonies October 13th in Regina after extensive touring across the country at various festivals and concerts throughout the summer and fall. Gogo has previously won WCMAs for Musician Of The Year in 1999 and Blues Recording Of The Year in 2012 for the album Soul Bender.
Vicksburg Call has recently been released on vinyl and can be ordered here.
Check out Gogo's tour dates here and catch a show near you!
June 8, 2016
We are ecstatic about David Gogo’s JUNO Awards Nomination for Blues Album of the Year!
This is Gogo’s sixth JUNO, having received JUNO nominations for Best New Solo Artist (1995), and his albums “Live at Deer Lake” (2003), “Acoustic” (2006), “Soul Bender” (2012), “Come On Down” (2013).
Vicksburg Call is Gogo's fourteenth release and is undoubtedly a rockin' blues album. Recorded at Rick Salt's brand new studio in Gogo's hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia, the studio has a live, intimate atmosphere, which yielded an overall grittier sound.
Known as a savvy interpreter, Gogo uses his sophisticated ear to select cover songs that complement his originals. On Vicksburg Call Gogo imparts his unique take on Neil Young's The Loner, Stephen Stills' Jet Set (Sigh), and Annie Lennox's Why, with the help of his great backing band, featuring Bill Hicks on drums and Jay Stevens on bass. There's A Hole features heartfelt harmonica playing from The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer's Shawn Hall and a Gogo original, Fooling Myself, gets an extra boost from Savoy Brown founder Kim Simmonds.
Since the release of Gogo's 2013 album, Come On Down, several of the blues greats that he has had the good fortune to call friends and colleagues have passed into "legend" status, Johnny Winter and B.B. King top among them. "There were many sad days, but also tears of joy when I think back at fond memories from my time on the road. Relationships can also have their ups and downs as the years pass by, and many of my new songs deal with this", reflects Gogo. The songs on Vicksburg Call connect these heartbreaks and joys and express viewpoints of love and loss, reconciliation, regret, acceptance and hope for new horizons.
Gogo's warm, rugged, seasoned vocals, and his extraordinary, virtuosic guitar talents are laid bare alongside his emotions on this album - a combination that grabs you from the opening bars and keeps you hooked through all 10 tracks.
You can watch the JUNO Awards Saturday April 3rd on CTV.
February 2, 2016
Representing a diverse cross-section of the immeasurable talents of Canadian blues musicians, The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating the 19th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian blues artists from across the country on January 18th, 2016. Cordova Bay Records' blues musicians David Gogo and David Vest have both received nominations this year.
Blues guitar virtuoso David Gogo released his newest studio album Vicksburg Call on September 4th, 2015, and is currently touring it across Canada and in the Netherlands. Gogo won Guitarist of the Year in 2002 and 2004. This year, David Gogo is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Guitarist of the Year.
David Vest has been nominated for Piano Player of the Year, a category he won in 2014 and 2012.
Voting for this year's Maple Blues Awards goes live Wednesday, November 4 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST). Blues fans across Canada can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 4. Register at www.mapleblues.ca.
Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $40-$75 and can be purchased at The Western Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at RCM box office (416) 408-0208 or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public. Contact The Toronto Blues Society for member discounts.
The 19th Annual Maple Blues Award Nominees
Entertainer of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Electric Act of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Acoustic Act of the Year
Big Dav McLean
Michael Jerome Browne
Male Vocalist of the Year
John Knight (Soulstack)
Female Vocalist of the Year
New Artist or Group of the Year
Kirby Swell Band
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
B.B. King International Artist of the Year
Recording/Producer of the Year
Big Dave McLean Faded But Not Gone (Black Hen); Producer: Steve Dawson
Colin Linden Rich In Love (Stony Plain); Producers: Colin Linden, John Dymond & Gary Craig
Harrison Kennedy This is From Here (Electro-Fi); Producers: Harrison Kennedy & Jesse O'Brien
John Campbelljohn Chin Up (Nood); Producer: John Campbelljohn
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar Send The Nightingale (Rench); Producer: Rench
Guitarist of the Year
Michael Jerome Browne
Harmonica Player of the Year
Steve Marriner (MonkyJunk)
Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year
Duane Blackburn (Blackburn)
Jesse O'Brien (Harrison Kennedy)
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Mark Wessenger (Soulstack)
Horn Player of the Year
Al Lerman (Fathead)
Frank Thiffault (Ben Racine Band)
Jon Wong (The 24th Street Wailers)
Richard Thornton (Jack de Keyzer)
Drummer of the Year
Chris Nordquist (Cannery Row)
Dave King (Steve Strongman)
Lindsay Beaver (The 24th Street Wailers)
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Tom Bona (Soulstack, Raoul & the Big Time)
Bassist of the Year
Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)
Alec Fraser (Rick Fines)
Keither Picot (Twisters)
Leigh-Anne Stanton (Wicked Grin)
Owen Owen Owen (Dalannah & Owen)
Songwriter of the Year
Big Dave McLean
Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Jerome Brown
October 29, 2015
Here's what David has to say about the new album:
"Hey, hey! The big day is finally here! The official release of Vicksburg Call. Over the past month we have been sending copies to the media and previewing the new material at our live shows and the reaction has been amazing! The band and I are very proud of this release and can't wait to work as many of the new songs as possible into our repertoire and get out there in that land and play 'em for you!"
Early Reviews for Vicksburg Call
"The upbeat, high energy songs continue through the whole album... I was instantly hooked... if you have a chance to see him at any of his upcoming tour dates, don't hesitate." - Canadian Beats
"Posessed of first-rate chops and pipes, British Columbian blues rocker David Gogo ups the ante... Seriously smokin' fretwork is abundant throughout." - Roots Music Report
"Vicksburg Call contains some of his best songwriting to date - it may even be THE album of his career... it isn't just a great blues album, it's one of the best discs I've heard all year, period." - The Record Box / Gonzo Online
New Video for Coulda Shoulda Woulda
We've also released the third video of the three part series introducing some of the songs on the album. This video is for Coulda Shoulda Woulda.
September 4, 2015
Pre-order Vicksburg Call Now
and instantly download
Cuts Me To The Bone and Our Last Goodbye
Today we are officially announcing that David Gogo's 14th album, Vicksburg Call, will be released on September 4th, 2015. This video for Cuts Me To The Bone is the first of three videos we made to introduce some of his favourite songs on the album.
Pre-order the album now to instantly download Cuts Me To The Bone and Our Last Goodbye. BONUS! The first 75 physical CDs ordered will be autographed.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
For more information visit www.davidgogo.com
|August 14||Calabogie, ON||Class Axe Calabogie Blues & Ribfest|
|August 21||Nanaimo, BC||Moose Hall|
|August 29||Prince George, BC||Woof Stock Music Festival|
|August 30||Vancouver, BC||PNE Mosaic Concert Series|
|September 5||Nanaimo, BC||Fascinating Rhythm|
|September 11||Cumberland, BC||Waverly Hotel|
|September 19||Kamloops, BC||The Bassment|
|September 25||Maple Creek, SK||Ghost Town Blues|
|October 1||Calgary, AB||Ironwood Stage and Grill|
|October 3||Edmonton, AB||B Street Bar|
|October 4||Red Deer, AB||Fratter's Speakeasy|
|October 10||Victoria, BC||Tally Ho Sports Bar|
|October 16||Thorold, ON||Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival|
|October 30||Duncan, BC||Duncan Showroom|
|November 28||Amersfoort, NE||De Flint|
|December 4||Delfzijl, NE||Theatre De Molenburg|
|December 5||Rotterdam, NE||L'Esprit|
August 14, 2015
Hey folks, I'm really excited to be announcing my 14th studio album today. It's called Vicksburg Call, and it's going to be coming out September 4th. Pre-orders will be available on August 14th.
I wanted this album to have more of a “band” feel to it, rather than just going into the studio and basically dictating the parts to the musicians. I also wanted as many songs as possible to have a very live feel and be easily transferrable to the stage.
In the time that has passed since the last album, there has been a lot of loss in my life with the passing of friends and colleagues in the world of music. There were many sad days, but also tears of joy when I think back at fond memories from my time on the road. Relationships can also have their ups and downs as the years pass by, and many of my new songs deal with this. I tried to write from many viewpoints of love and loss, reconciliation, regret, acceptance and hope for new horizons.
I had a lot of fun making Vicksburg Call and I'm really looking forward to taking it on the road and playing it live.
July 27, 2015
We're just putting the finishing touches on the new album, and I am very pleased with the results! It has been a very collaborative effort - really feels like a "band" project. We decided going in that we wanted the songs to be very trio oriented and transferable to the stage so we could easily rock the songs in a live setting. The album mostly has that riff rockin' feel, and when you hear the beats, you'll jump out of your seat! We played a few of them at a recent show and they went over very well.
We also recorded two ballads. One is an original that reaches an epic buildup during the vamping chorus that takes the song out. The other is an unexpected cover (top secret!) that has literally brought tears to the eyes of people we have played it for!
I feel that the album is my strongest to date.
We also have some very special guests including the legendary Kim Simmonds from Savoy Brown and Shawn Hall from The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer!
After the initial release on CD and iTunes, we will be pressing vinyl copies for the first time in my career! I am very excited about this project and look forward to getting on the road to bring it to you!
June 4, 2015
David Gogo has been busy this past month. Not only has he been playing sold out shows through Western Canada, but he’s also been recording demos for a new album.
March 4, 2015
Cordova Bay Records is very excited to congratulate David Gogo for his nomination at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards. The WCMA nominees were announced earlier today and Gogo's latest album, Come On Down, is up for Blues Recording of the Year.
The WCMAs consist of an interactive three-day music industry conference, a two-day multi-genre music festival and two awards shows - the Industry Awards, honouring people behind the scenes, and the Western Canadian Music Awards honouring the outstanding achievements of Western Canadian recording artists. The WCMAs are presented by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, made up of the Alberta Music Industry Association, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music Yukon, and Music BC. Anyone belonging to one of these five associations is eligible to vote for the Awards.
This year's festival and awards will be held in Winnipeg from October 3rd to 5th.
This year's music award nominees are:Aboriginal Recording of the Year
June 4, 2014