As one of Canadaís hardest working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, David Gogo has amassed a worldwide fan base and an impressive list of accomplishments. He 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 toured with Johnny Winter and has joined George Thorogood, ZZ Top, Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, and numerous others on stage. 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 Gogoís 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 heís 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 Gogoís outstanding talent.
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 Redís in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He appeared as a guest on Sonny Payneís renowned King Biscuit Radio Hour, and toured the legendary Fame, Sun, Stax, and Willie Mitchellís Royal Studios. Gogo also traveled to towns mentioned in Robert Johnson songs, poured bourbon on Johnsonís 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. Itís a wild ride that Gogo navigates with ease, ingenuity and style.
Come On Down will be available in Canadian stores and on iTunes worldwide July 2, 2013.
"Gogo proves himself to be an excellent curator, choosing great and almost forgotten tracks ...he is full of life, volume, and ideas, and makes his blues vital.Ē - Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Singles / CBC