|Born||March 18, 1969|
David Gogo (born March 18, 1969), is a Canadian blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader who is currently signed to the Independent Cordova Bay Records label. He was formerly signed to EMI Records. Between 1994 and 2014, he released 12 solo albums. As of 2014, his touring band includes a Hammond organ/piano player, an electric bass player (with a five-string bass) and a drummer.
Gogo was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and received his first guitar at the age of five. At the age of 15, he met Stevie Ray Vaughan backstage at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia and was encouraged by the blues legend to pursue a career in blues. By the age of 16, he was getting regular work as a musician. Gogo formed a band called The Persuaders, which eventually opened for blues performers such as Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins. After a European tour supporting The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gogo signed a solo record deal with EMI Records. He soon after performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the likes of B.B. King, Otis Rush and Blues Traveler. He also guested on Tom Cochrane's Mad Mad World album while working on material for his upcoming debut album. The album David Gogo was released to critical acclaim and received a nomination for a Juno Award.
Despite its many successes, Gogo's debut album was never released in the United States, and Gogo made the decision to leave EMI Records in order to pursue his passion for the blues. His next album, Dine Under the Stars, was released in Europe by French label Dixiefrog Records. He also signed with Canadian Independent label Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay Records. Several successful European tours and American blues festival appearances followed, as well as the albums Change of Pace (a rock-oriented blues album) and Bare Bones (an acoustic blues album) in 2000. Gogo was named Musician of the Year at the 1999/2000 West Coast Music Awards.
Halfway to Memphis was released by Cordova Bay Records and Dixiefrog Records (Europe) in 2001. The first single from the album Skeleton Key - a blues-inspired rendition of the song Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode - was released in the summer of 2002. Gogo's version of Personal Jesus earned him an award for Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards for 2002.
The special Live At Deer Lake: Official Bootleg Series - Volume 1 is a live recording of songs mostly found on Skeleton Key. The recording was made for broadcast on Vancouver's Rock 101 by blues DJ Norm Casler (Storman Norman) at the 2002 Burnaby Blues Festival in Deer Lake Park. Due to popular demand, the recording was released as an album in 2003. The album was nominated for a 2004 Juno Award in Canada.
Gogo's eighth album, entitled Vibe, is a compilation of original songs written with the likes of Tom Wilson, Craig Northey (Odds/Colin James) and John Capek. Vibe was released in 2004 and showcases Gogo's vocal strengths and guitar skills on songs like I'll Do Anything and 300 Pound Shoes. Renowned blues guitarist Jeff Healey makes a guest appearance with a guitar solo on She's All Right.
In 2004 Gogo also made a guest appearance on Bob Walsh's album Bob Walsh Live – A Canadian Blues Rendez-Vous. He also received his second Guitarist of the Year award at the Maple Blues Awards in 2004.
In 2006, Gogo released another acoustic blues album as part of his Bootleg Series. Acoustic: Official Bootleg Series - Volume 2 features the rich tones of Gogo's 1930 National Steel guitar as well as his 1915 Gibson and a modern day 12-string. Acoustic was nominated for a Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
Gogo's tenth album was recorded in his own home in Nanaimo, British Columbia with the sights of the 160-acre Christmas tree farm and forest that make up the Gogo family compound to inspire him. Different Views was produced by Juno-nominated producer Russell Broom (Jann Arden, Sam Roberts, The Dudes) with guests Shaun Verrault (Wide Mouth Mason), roots diva Carolyn Mark, and jazz great Phil Dwyer. Different Views was released in July 2009.
In June 2011, David Gogo released his eleventh album, titled Soul Bender, named after the Fulltone guitar pedal of the same name. Soul Bender is a combination of original songs and covers, including "The Changeling" by The Doors and "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson. The album was nominated for JUNO Award (Blues Album of the Year), a SiriusXM INDIES Award (Blues Recording of the Year), and won "Blues Recording of the Year" at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Gogo's next project was a Christmas album, titled Christmas With The Blues. It was released on November 13, 2012 and features seven blues-inspired standards and two originals and is a blend of traditional blues with a few hints of roots, gospel and rock ‘n roll. Sitting in on the recording are Canadian musicians Bill Hicks, David Vest, Phil Dwyer, Shawn Hall, Tina Jones, and Camille Miller. Despite living on a Christmas Tree Farm, Gogo wasn't originally enthused about the idea of making a Christmas album, but while listening to some old Christmas classics from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, he discovered a lot of cool blues-based songs that are the basis of this album.
In July 2013, David Gogo released his 13th album, 'Come On Down'. The aptly titled album features twelve diverse tunes; six reinvented yet classic covers and six originals inspired by a pilgrimage he did along the "Blues Trail" in Memphis, Mississippi and Alabama. Musicians including Rick May, David Vest, Shawn Hall (Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer), Billy Hicks, and Tina Jones appear on the album. The album was nominated for a Juno award in the category of Blues Album of the Year.
- 1994 David Gogo (Capitol/EMI)
- 2000 Dine Under the Stars (Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay Records)
- 2000 Bare Bones (Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay Records)
- 2000 Change of Pace (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2001 Halfway to Memphis (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2002 Skeleton Key (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2003 Live At Deer Lake: Official Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2004 Vibe (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2006 Acoustic: Official Bootleg Series Vol. 2 (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2009 Different Views (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2011 Soul-Bender (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2012 Christmas With The Blues (Cordova Bay Records)
- 2013 Come On Down (Cordova Bay Records)
Awards and Accolades
|1995||David Gogo||Best New Solo Artist||Nominated|
|2003||David Gogo Live at Deer Lake||Blues Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||David Gogo Acoustic||Blues Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||David Gogo Soul Bender||Blues Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||David Gogo Come On Down||Blues Album of the Year||Nominated|
Maple Blues Awards
The Maple Blues Awards are Canada’s blues awards, "honouring the finest in Canadian blues". They are the only comprehensive national best in blues awards program. The program's goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement. The Maple Blues Awards have been presented by the Toronto Blues Society since their inception in 1997.
|2002||David Gogo||Guitarist of the Year||Won|
|2003||David Gogo||Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|David Gogo||Electric Act of the Year||Nominated|
|David Gogo||Guitarist of the Year||Nominated|
|David Gogo||Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|David Gogo Skeleton Key||Recording of the Year||Nominated|
|2004||David Gogo||Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|David Gogo||Guitarist of the Year||Won|
|2005||David Gogo||Electric Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2009||David Gogo||Electric Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||David Gogo||Electric Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||David Gogo||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominated|
|David Gogo||Electric Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||David Gogo||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||David Gogo||Guitar Player of the Year||Nominated|
|David Gogo||Electric Act of the Year||Nominated|
Canadian Indie Awards
|2008||David Gogo Acoustic||Blues Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||David Gogo||Blues Artist of the Year||Nominated|
Western Canadian Music Awards
The Western Canadian Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony for music in the western portion of Canada, that originated in its current form in 2003. The awards are provided by the Western Canada Music Alliance, which consists of five Member groups from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Yukon.
|2007||David Gogo Acoustic||Outstanding Blues Recording||Nominated|
|2012||David Gogo Soul Bender||Blues Recording of the Year||Won|
|2014||David Gogo Come On Down||Blues Recording of the Year||Nominated|
Great Canadian Blues Award
The CBC Radio's Saturday Night Blues established The Great Canadian Blues Awards in 1990. The program presents an annual Great Canadian Blues Award to the year's best Canadian blues musician. At the time it was created, the Great Canadian Blues Award was the only official recognition for Canadian blues artists. This award pre-dates the blues Juno, the Maple Blues Awards, and many other regional awards.
|2004||David Gogo||Best Canadian Blues Musician||Won|
West Coast Music Awards
The West Coast Music Awards were an annual music awards ceremony, presenting awards to musicians from British Columbia and the Yukon. In 2003, the West Coast Music Awards combined with Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to form the Western Canadian Music Awards.
|2000||David Gogo||Musician of the Year||Won|
- Distributed by Fontana North
- "Tom Demalon, All Music, from All Music Guide".
- "Toronto Blues Society - Maple Blues Awards Archive 2002".
- "Toronto Blues Society - Maple Blues Awards Archive 2004".
- JUNO Awards - Artist Summary: David Gogo
- "Cordova Bay Records".
- Being live recordings from the CBC radio program Saturday Night Blues, hosted by Holger Petersen. Gogo's "Things Are About to Change", originally recorded on Live At Deer Lake, is included.
- The Canadian Encyclopedia: Blues Festivals, Societies, Awards
- Maple Blues Awards Past Nominees and Winners
- INDIE Awards 2011 Winners
- WCMA 2012 Award Winners
- 2002 West Coast Music Awards