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
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. 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).
Stay tuned in to what David is up to and get an exclusive sneak preview of the album by clicking HERE to get David's own mobile app. You will be able to stream the feature track Call Your Name and much more. It's free!
COME ON DOWN Track List:
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
May 30, 2013
Come On Down will be available commercially in Canada and on iTunes worldwide July 2nd, 2013!
This newest Gogo release features six original and six cover tunes that run the gamut from swampy blues to 80's cheek. The covers include two tracks written by Christine McVie and interesting choice material from The Faces, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Ray Charles and Robert Palmer. Yes, you read that correctly -- Robert Palmer!
Watch this space for more information soon!
May 19, 2013
David Gogo is back in the studio recording and into the fourth day of tracking - still early in the game.
March 22, 2013