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
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
This week ends the Christmas season and thoughts and activities now centre on the New Year and the launch of 2013! But, 2012 was a fabulous year for David Gogo with award nominations and the success of his first ever Christmas CD. What better way to end the proceedings than to have the world renowned Elwood (of Blues Brothers fame) feature a track from Christmas With The Blues as his "Blues Breaker".
Listen to Elwood introduce and play "Christmas On The Bayou" on his December 28th show.
December 28, 2012
Cordova Bay Recording artists Steph Macpherson and David Gogo will be performing at the Vogue Theatre this coming Friday, December 7th as part of Music BC's Celebration 2012. They will be joined by some of BC's best musician's including Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason), Jim Byrnes, Chiliwack, Steve Dawson (Zubot and Dawson), The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer and many more.
Proceeds from the event will help Music BC Charitable Foundation support music education throughout British Columbia by providing instruments to underfunded music programs in public schools, Aboriginal schools, community centres, and regional youth orchestras; scholarships for young artists pursuing a career in music, and mentor-based music programs for at-risk youth.
December 4, 2012
Well, it's that time of year again. And what an incredible year it's been! It started off with a couple of Maple Blues Award nominations and a Juno nomination for Soul Bender. Then the album was nominated for a SiriusXM Indie Award and it won 'Blues Recording of the Year' at the Western Canadian Music Awards. I had the pleasure of touring all over Canada, including performances at JunoFest in Toronto and BreakOut West in Regina, and I took two trips across the pond this year to tour Europe with my Dutch band. And to top the year off I've just recently received a nomination for 'Guitarist of the Year' at next year's MBAs.
I can't tell you how how much your support has meant to me whether at live shows, on Facebook, on the radio, or voting for me for an award. I always enjoy coming back to favourite venues to play but I have especially enjoyed breaking into new areas and meeting new people over the last year.
Always looking forward, I write this from Mississippi where I am on a musical journey to get inspired to write the next album. In the meantime, I sure hope that you enjoy Christmas With The Blues. I hope it is as fun to listen to as it was to make!
All our best to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
- David, Shiloh, Lincoln, and Jimmy the Bunny
November 13, 2012
The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 16th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists from across the country on January 21, 2013. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.
David Gogo is nominated for Guitarist Of The Year along with Garett Mason, Kevin Breit, Steve Strongman and Teddy Leonard.
Hosted by Toronto actor and blues musician Raoul Bhaneja, The Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 21th, 2013.
Voting is open from Midnight NDT October 27th, 2012, through Midnight PST December 8th, 2012. Blues fans can cast their votes online 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 $35 - $65 and can be purchased at The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public.
The Toronto Blues Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.
The Royal Conservatory's magnificent new concert hall, Koerner Hall, is a 1,135-seat venue designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe. Recognized as being among the world’s greatest concert halls, the Toronto Star has called it "the best concert venue in Toronto." David would like to concratulate all his fellow nominees and wish them good luck.
Good luck to all the nominees...
Entertainer Of The Year
Electric Act Of The Year
Acoustic Act Of The Year Harrison Kennedy Michael Jerome Browne Ray Bonneville Steve Strongman Suzie Vinnick
Male Vocalist Of The Year Chuck Jackson Harrison Kennedy Matt Andersen Paul Reddick Steve Marriner
Female Vocalist Of The Year Dawn Tyler Watson Nanette Workman Shakura S'Aida Suzie Vinnick Treasa Levasseur
New Artist Or Group Of The Year Ben Racine Boogie Patrol Conor Gains Band Steve Kozak The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Recording/Producer Of The Year "A Natural Fact" Steve Strongman (Independent) Producer - Rob Szabo "Checkered Past" The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (Independent) Producers - Matthew Rogers & Shawn Hall "Time" Shakura S'Aida (Electro-Fi) Producers - Shakura S'Aida, Howard Ayee "Broad" Treasa Levasseur (Slim Chicken), Producers - Treasa Levasseur, Ken Whiteley, Steve Marriner, Terry Wilkins "Wishbone" Paul Reddick (Independent) Producer - Colin Cripps
Guitarist Of The Year David Gogo Garrett Mason Kevin Breit Steve Strongman Teddy Leonard
Harmonica Player Of The Year Carlos del Junco David Hoerl Guy Bélanger Paul Reddick Steve Marriner
Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year David Vest Julian Fauth Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne Lance Anderson Michael Fonfara
Horn Player Of The Year Al Lerman Chris Whiteley Frank Thiffault Jon Wong Pat Carey
Drummer Of The Year Bucky Berger Chris Nordquist Matt Sobb Sam Harrisson Tom Bona
Bassist Of The Year Alec Fraser Gary Kendall Omar Tunnoch Stephen Barry Terry Wilkins
Songwriter Of The Year Julian Fauth Paul Reddick Shakura S'Aida & Donna Grantis Steve Strongman Treasa Levasseur
B.B. King International Artist Of The Year Tedeschi Trucks Band Michael Burks Dr. John Curtis Salgado Joe Louis Walker
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement) Alec Fraser Danny Brooks Ellen McIlwaine Joe Murphy Ken Whiteley Michael Fonfara Stephen Barry Tom Lavin Michael Jerome Browne Matt Minglewood Brent Parkin Bob Walsh Jim Zeller Nanette Workman Theresa Malenfant John Dickie
Blues Booster Of The Year John Valenteyn
October 26, 2012
Christmas With The Blues features seven blues-inspired standards and two originals. The album is a blend of traditional blues with a few hints of roots, gospel and rock 'n roll, and highlights Gogo's tasteful playing style and razor-sharp wit throughout. Also sitting in on the recording are some of Canada's best musicians including Billy Hicks, David Vest, Phil Dwyer, Shawn Hall, Tina Jones, and Camille Miller.
For a man who lives on a Christmas tree farm, you'd think a Christmas album would be a no-brainer, but it took Gogo some time to find the bluesy side of the holiday. Not wanting to make your typical traditional album, Gogo said, "I wasn't originally interested in the idea of a Christmas album, but then I started going back through songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s, and there was a lot of cool stuff. That's when I started to get really excited."
Hitting stores on November 13, 2012 and released by Gogo's long-time collaborators, Cordova Bay Records, Christmas With The Blues has all the makings of a perennial favourite!
To celebrate the new album Gogo will be performing the songs off this album and others with his acoustic trio throughout the holiday season. Stay tuned to the TOUR PAGE for more info!
1. Christmas Blues
2. Christmas On The Bayou
3. Christmas Tears
4. Let's Get A Real Tree
5. Please Come Home For Christmas
6. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
7. Merry Christmas Baby
8. Little Drummer Boy
9. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'
October 15, 2012
David Gogo was the recipient of the Western Canadian Music Awards nod for Blues Recording of the year, it was announced at the Gala event held in Regina. This was the tenth anniversary of the awards and the associated BreakOut West Festival and Conference.
The recording, "Soul Bender", was recorded in Nanaimo at Lois Lane Studios by Rick Salt and was the focus for Gogo's extensive Canadian and European touring this year. "Soul Bender" was released earlier this year in Europe on France's Dixie Frog label.
"I didn't expect this when I came to Regina," Gogo said after the ceremony. "But, I am very pleased!"
Other winners announced during the evening included: Dan Mangan (Rock Recording, Independent Album and Songwriter), Russell Broom (Engineer and Producer), Carly Rae Jepsen (Pop Recording) and Swollen Members (Rap/Hip-Hop Recording). The Northern Pikes were inducted into the hall of fame.
We at Cordova Bay would like to relay our thanks to everyone involved with the recording and promotion of "Soul Bender" here in Canada and abroad.
The full list of winners…
For more information check breakoutwest.ca for details.
September 30, 2012