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
It was a fabulous weekend for rock guitarist David Gogo at the 2014 Juno Awards in Winnipeg. He spent time locked in discussion with industry leading artists and back room dignitaries sharing stories, whiskey and music!
Being nominated for the 4th time, Gogo, is well versed in the culture and myth that surrounds the festivities. That knowledge has allowed him to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that the weekend offers.
David wishes Downchild Blues Band sincere congratulations for winning in the Blues Album of The Year category and hopes to cross paths with the lads later in the year.
The weekend in Winnipeg provided ample opportunities to practice the fine arts of outdoor warming techniques and partying skills. It also provided wonderful performance opportunities with artists normally scattered across the country and beyond. Gogo had some wonderful times playing with Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk), Tony D (MonkeyJunk), Roberto Occhipinti (bass player/producer) and Fred Penner - yes, that Fred Penner - at the Gibson Guitar party after the Juno Gala on Saturday night. Opening for them on the evening was Juno honouree - Randy Bachman.
The Red Carpet gave Gogo the opportunity to air his wonderful handmade white coat:
People were remarking about his fashion sense and choices of attire. It was all favourable, of course!
But, there was more! Sharing the stage with Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) while Gogo played Jim Cuddy’s guitar, the pair shredded it up during a spirited jam with Shakura S’Aida. Is there a new Canadian super group in the making?
The award season isn’t over. The Indie Award nominees where recently announced and David Gogo’s name was again on the list. He is nominated for Blues Album of the Year.
All this heady stuff hasn’t been lost on the lad, but Gogo is now readying for his return to the road.
April 1, 2014
We are very excited to announce that David Gogo has been nominated Blues Artist of the Year for the 2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards!
David is one of Canada’s hardest working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, having released thirteen albums to date. We are very honoured to be able to work with someone who is so talented and dedicated to his craft.
Nominees for BLUES ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR are:
David Gogo (Cordova Bay Records)
Downchild (eOne Music Canada)
Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five (Independent)
MonkeyJunk (Stony Plain Records)
Sunday Wilde (Independent)
A full list of nominees can be found at indies.ca/2014-nominees
The SiriusXM Indies acknowledge, promote, and honour achievements of Canadian and international artists in the independent music sector. Both public and industry votes decide the winners. Fans can vote online for their favourites as of Monday, March 31st at www.indies.ca. The winners will be presented on Saturday May 10th, 2014, at the Kool Haus in Toronto for Canadian Music Week.
March 21, 2014
The nominees for the 2014 Juno Awards were announced in Toronto this morning, and we are extremely pleased to tell you that David Gogo has received a nomination for Blues Album of the Year for Come On Down!
He is in very good company in his category and we extend congratulations to all of this year's nominees.
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Come on Down — David Gogo
Can You Hear the Music — Downchild
Soulscape — Harrison Kennedy
My Guitar’s My Only Friend — James Buddy Rogers
All Frequencies — MonkeyJunk
A complete list of the 2014 Juno nominees can be found here.
This year’s Juno Awards will be held in Winnipeg, with televised awards and performances airing on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
February 4, 2014
It has been a pleasure working with the show's creators Pixcom to make this happen. Gogo's edgy blues rock riff is a great fit with the show's aviation themed high tension adventure. Check out this video for a sneak peek!
November 22, 2013
The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating the 17th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian blues artists from across the country on January 20, 2014. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.
Nanaimo Blues guitarist David Gogo takes two nominations for Electric Act of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Having won the Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year title twice in the past, David is especially please to be nominated this year for his latest album Come On Down.
Voting is open from midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time on November 1, 2013, through midnight Pacific Standard Time on December 7, 2013. Blues fans can cast their votes online at mapleblues.ca.
Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $35 - $65 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.
The 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:
Entertainer of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
Electric Act of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Acoustic Act of the Year
Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers
Little Miss Higgins
Michael Jerome Browne
Male Vocalist of the Year
Donald Ray Johnson
Female Vocalist of the Year
Dawn Tyler Watson
New Artist or Group of the Year
Brant Parker Blues Band
James “Buddy” Rogers
The Mackenzie Blues Band
Recording/Producer of the Year
All Frequencies - MonkeyJunk - Stony Plain
East Meets Vest - David Vest - Ark-O-Matic (co-produced by Gary Kendall)
Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right - Julian Fauth - Electro-Fi
Mother Tongue Blues - Angel Forrest - Morningstar
One of A Kind - Ben Racine Band - Iguane
B.B. King International Artist of the Year
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Trampled Under Foot
Guitarist of the Year
Harmonica Player of the Year
Carlos Del Junco
Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Horn Player of the Year
Drummer of the Year
Bassist of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
MonkeyJunk - Steve Marriner, Matt Sobb and Tony Diteodoro
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Jerome Browne
October 31, 2013
You can also get your copy directly from the man himself when you see him live. Upcoming tour dates are listed below, or see www.davidgogo.com/tour for the most up to date listings and ticket information.
COME ON DOWN Track List:
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
August 23/24 – Nanaimo, BC – Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival
July 2, 2013
David Gogo is thrilled to have a song he co-wrote appear on the upcoming Buddy Guy album, Rhythm & Blues. Gogo’s contribution is a track titled "Never Gonna Change" which he co-wrote with the producer of Rhythm & Blues, Tom Hambridge. Guy’s album is a scheduled for release on July 30th on RCA Records.
You can read more about the Buddy Guy album and Gogo’s connections with legendary bluesmen in Steve Newton’s Ear of Newt article on Straight.com.
And don’t forget, Gogo has his own new album coming out next month!
Come On Down will be released July 2nd on Cordova Bay Records. You can now pre-order your copy through MapleMusic.com. They ship world wide!
Or catch Gogo live on tour this summer and get a copy signed by the man himself. Gogo has just announced more tour dates, including supporting shows for the Robert Cray Band in Victoria and Nanaimo in August!
UPCOMING GOGO TOUR DATES
June 22 - Blue Frog Studio: White Rock, BC **SOLD OUT**
June 26 - Envision Twilight Series, Fraser River Heritage Park: Mission, BC
July 01 - Montreal Jazz Festival, Grand Parterre: Montreal, QC
July 06 - Joe’s Garage: Courtenay, BC
July 14 - Henry of Pelham Winery: St Catharines, ON
July 15 - Hugh’s Room: Toronto, ON
July 19 - Waterfront Blues Series, Holiday Inn: Peterborough, ON
July 20 - The Rainbow: Ottawa, ON
July 26 - W/ Colin James at Safari Niagara: Stevensville, ON
July 27 - The John St. Pub: Arnprior, ON
July 31 - Duncan City Square: Duncan, BC
August 10 - Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival, Deer Lake Park: Burnaby, BC
August 13 - Supporting Robert Cray Band, Alix Goolden Hall: Victoria, BC
August 14 - Supporting Robert Cray Band, Port Theatre: Nanaimo, BC
August 23 - Summertime Blues Festival, Lighthouse Pub: Nanaimo, BC
August 24 - Summertime Blues Festival, Maffeo Sutton Park: Nanaimo, BC
See www.davidgogo.com/tour for the most up to date listings and ticket details.
June 18, 2013