David Gogo takes home Guitarist of the Year at Maple Blues Awards

Congratulations to Cordova Bay Record's own David Gogo who took home Guitarist of the Year at the 2017 Maple Blues Awards in Toronto! 

A special thank you to all those who voted and the Toronto Blues Society for hosting the evening. 

Also congrats to fellow BC artists who took home awards this year: Harpdog Brown for Harmonica Player of the Year and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne for Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year.

Want more Gogo? Get his latest release Vicksburg Call here -

January 25, 2017

3 Maple Blues Awards Nominations for David Gogo!

Canadian blues artists from coast to coast have been honoured with nominations for the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards, being held on January 23rd at Koerner Hall in Toronto. This year Cordova Bay Records's David Gogo grabbed not one, not two, but three nominations! Gogo is up for Electric Act of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Recording/Producer of the Year for his 2015 release "Vicksburg Call"

Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $45 - $80 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 at TBS Members, Nominees and Blues Summit Eight Delegates can purchase best available seats for $35.

Voting will open November 1 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST). Blues fans can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 1. Register at

November 1, 2016

David Gogo Earns WCMA Nomination

The success of Gogo's latest album Vicksburg Call continues with him being nominated for a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Artist Of The Year. This follows a Juno nomination earlier in the year. Gogo will be attending the award ceremonies October 13th in Regina after extensive touring across the country at various festivals and concerts throughout the summer and fall. Gogo has previously won WCMAs for Musician Of The Year in 1999 and Blues Recording Of The Year in 2012 for the album Soul Bender.

Vicksburg Call has recently been released on vinyl and can be ordered here.

Check out Gogo's tour dates here and catch a show near you!

June 8, 2016

David Gogo Receives JUNO Nomination

We are ecstatic about David Gogo’s JUNO Awards Nomination for Blues Album of the Year! 

This is Gogo’s sixth JUNO, having received JUNO nominations for Best New Solo Artist (1995), and his albums “Live at Deer Lake” (2003), “Acoustic” (2006), “Soul Bender” (2012), “Come On Down” (2013).

Vicksburg Call is Gogo's fourteenth release and is undoubtedly a rockin' blues album. Recorded at Rick Salt's brand new studio in Gogo's hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia, the studio has a live, intimate atmosphere, which yielded an overall grittier sound.

Known as a savvy interpreter, Gogo uses his sophisticated ear to select cover songs that complement his originals. On Vicksburg Call Gogo imparts his unique take on Neil Young's The Loner, Stephen Stills' Jet Set (Sigh), and Annie Lennox's Why, with the help of his great backing band, featuring Bill Hicks on drums and Jay Stevens on bass. There's A Hole features heartfelt harmonica playing from The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer's Shawn Hall and a Gogo original, Fooling Myself, gets an extra boost from Savoy Brown founder Kim Simmonds.

Since the release of Gogo's 2013 album, Come On Down, several of the blues greats that he has had the good fortune to call friends and colleagues have passed into "legend" status, Johnny Winter and B.B. King top among them. "There were many sad days, but also tears of joy when I think back at fond memories from my time on the road. Relationships can also have their ups and downs as the years pass by, and many of my new songs deal with this", reflects Gogo. The songs on Vicksburg Call connect these heartbreaks and joys and express viewpoints of love and loss, reconciliation, regret, acceptance and hope for new horizons.

Gogo's warm, rugged, seasoned vocals, and his extraordinary, virtuosic guitar talents are laid bare alongside his emotions on this album - a combination that grabs you from the opening bars and keeps you hooked through all 10 tracks.

You can watch the JUNO Awards Saturday April 3rd on CTV. 

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February 2, 2016

David Gogo & David Vest Nominated for Maple Blues Awards

Representing a diverse cross-section of the immeasurable talents of Canadian blues musicians, The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating the 19th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian blues artists from across the country on January 18th, 2016. Cordova Bay Records' blues musicians David Gogo and David Vest have both received nominations this year. 

Blues guitar virtuoso David Gogo released his newest studio album Vicksburg Call on September 4th, 2015, and is currently touring it across Canada and in the Netherlands. Gogo won Guitarist of the Year in 2002 and 2004. This year, David Gogo is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Guitarist of the Year. 

David Vest has been nominated for Piano Player of the Year, a category he won in 2014 and 2012. 

Voting for this year's Maple Blues Awards goes live Wednesday, November 4 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST). Blues fans across Canada can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 4. Register at 

Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $40-$75 and can be purchased at The Western 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 at Contact The Toronto Blues Society for member discounts. 


The 19th Annual Maple Blues Award Nominees 

Entertainer of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
David Gogo
Steve Hill
Harrison Kennedy 

Electric Act of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers 
Anthony Gomes 
David Gogo 
Steve Hill

Acoustic Act of the Year 
Big Dav McLean
Cecile Doo-Kingue 
Harrison Kennedy
Michael Jerome Browne 
Ross Neilsen

Male Vocalist of the Year 
Harrison Kennedy
John Mays 
John Knight (Soulstack)
Kirby Sewell 
Matt Anderson

Female Vocalist of the Year 
Angel Forrest 
Cecile Doo-Kingue
Cheryl Lescom
Samantha Martin
Shakura S'Aida

New Artist or Group of the Year
Cecil Doo-Kingue 
Jenie Thai
Kirby Swell Band
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar 
Sugar Brown

B.B. King International Artist of the Year 
Buddy Guy
Elvin Bishop
Eric Bibb
Mavis Staples 
Sugaray Rayford 

Recording/Producer of the Year 
Big Dave McLean Faded But Not Gone (Black Hen); Producer: Steve Dawson
Colin Linden Rich In Love (Stony Plain); Producers: Colin Linden, John Dymond & Gary Craig
Harrison Kennedy This is From Here (Electro-Fi); Producers: Harrison Kennedy & Jesse O'Brien
John Campbelljohn Chin Up (Nood); Producer: John Campbelljohn
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar Send The Nightingale (Rench); Producer: Rench

Guitarist of the Year
Brandon Isaak
David Gogo 
John Campbelljohn
Michael Jerome Browne 
Steve Hill

Harmonica Player of the Year 
Guy Belanger 
Harpdog Brown
Jerome Dogboo
Roly Platt
Steve Marriner (MonkyJunk) 

Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year 
David Vest
Duane Blackburn (Blackburn)
Jesse O'Brien (Harrison Kennedy)
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Mark Wessenger (Soulstack)

Horn Player of the Year
Al Lerman (Fathead)
Chris Whiteley
Frank Thiffault (Ben Racine Band)
Jon Wong (The 24th Street Wailers)
Richard Thornton (Jack de Keyzer)

Drummer of the Year 
Chris Nordquist (Cannery Row) 
Dave King (Steve Strongman) 
Lindsay Beaver (The 24th Street Wailers)
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk) 
Tom Bona (Soulstack, Raoul & the Big Time)

Bassist of the Year 
Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)
Alec Fraser (Rick Fines)
Keither Picot (Twisters)
Leigh-Anne Stanton (Wicked Grin)
Owen Owen Owen (Dalannah & Owen) 

Songwriter of the Year 
Big Dave McLean
Colin Linden
Harrison Kennedy
John Campbelljohn
Samantha Martin

Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement)
Diana Braithwaite
Alec Fraser 
Danny Brooks
Ellen Mcllwaine
Joe Murphy
Ken Whiteley
Michael Fonfara
Stephen Barry
Tom Lavin
Michael Jerome Brown
Brent Parkin
Theresa Malenfant

October 29, 2015

David Gogo's 14th Album Vicksburg Call Now Available

The outstanding new release from David Gogo, Vicksburg Call is out now and can be purchased on iTunes or via

Here's what David has to say about the new album: 

"Hey, hey! The big day is finally here! The official release of Vicksburg Call. Over the past month we have been sending copies to the media and previewing the new material at our live shows and the reaction has been amazing! The band and I are very proud of this release and can't wait to work as many of the new songs as possible into our repertoire and get out there in that land and play 'em for you!" 

Early Reviews for Vicksburg Call

"The upbeat, high energy songs continue through the whole album... I was instantly hooked... if you have a chance to see him at any of his upcoming tour dates, don't hesitate." - Canadian Beats 

"Posessed of first-rate chops and pipes, British Columbian blues rocker David Gogo ups the ante... Seriously smokin' fretwork is abundant throughout." - Roots Music Report

"Vicksburg Call contains some of his best songwriting to date - it may even be THE album of his career... it isn't just a great blues album, it's one of the best discs I've heard all year, period." - The Record Box / Gonzo Online

New Video for Coulda Shoulda Woulda

We've also released the third video of the three part series introducing some of the songs on the album. This video is for Coulda Shoulda Woulda.

September 4, 2015

David Gogo's New Album Vicksburg Call Drops September 4

Pre-order Vicksburg Call Now 
and instantly download 
Cuts Me To The Bone
 and Our Last Goodbye

Today we are officially announcing that David Gogo's 14th album, Vicksburg Call, will be released on September 4th, 2015. This video for Cuts Me To The Bone is the first of three videos we made to introduce some of his favourite songs on the album. 

Pre-order the album now to instantly download Cuts Me To The Bone and Our Last Goodbye. BONUS! The first 75 physical CDs ordered will be autographed. 



For more information visit

August 14 Calabogie, ON Class Axe Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
August 21 Nanaimo, BC Moose Hall
August 29 Prince George, BC Woof Stock Music Festival
August 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Mosaic Concert Series
September 5 Nanaimo, BC Fascinating Rhythm 
September 11 Cumberland, BC Waverly Hotel
September 19 Kamloops, BC The Bassment
September 25 Maple Creek, SK Ghost Town Blues
October 1 Calgary, AB Ironwood Stage and Grill
October 3 Edmonton, AB B Street Bar
October 4 Red Deer, AB Fratter's Speakeasy
October 10 Victoria, BC Tally Ho Sports Bar
October 16 Thorold, ON Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival
October 30 Duncan, BC Duncan Showroom
November 28 Amersfoort, NE De Flint
December 4 Delfzijl, NE Theatre De Molenburg
December 5 Rotterdam, NE L'Esprit

August 14, 2015

New Album: Vicksburg Call

Hey folks, I'm really excited to be announcing my 14th studio album today. It's called Vicksburg Call, and it's going to be coming out September 4th. Pre-orders will be available on August 14th.

I wanted this album to have more of a “band” feel to it, rather than just going into the studio and basically dictating the parts to the musicians. I also wanted as many songs as possible to have a very live feel and be easily transferrable to the stage. 
In the time that has passed since the last album, there has been a lot of loss in my life with the passing of friends and colleagues in the world of music. There were many sad days, but also tears of joy when I think back at fond memories from my time on the road. Relationships can also have their ups and downs as the years pass by, and many of my new songs deal with this. I tried to write from many viewpoints of love and loss, reconciliation, regret, acceptance and hope for new horizons. 

I had a lot of fun making Vicksburg Call and I'm really looking forward to taking it on the road and playing it live. 

July 27, 2015

Notes From David Gogo About His New Album

Hello Folks!! 

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 On The Road and In The Studio

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. 

This will be his 14th recording in 21 years. Cordova Bay Records has released 13 out of 14 of those records; we love working with David. We’re looking forward to be releasing his next album with him later this year. 
Adrian Chamberlain at Times Colonist recently did an interview with Gogo on this as-yet-untitled album. 

“We want it to be a very balls-out, rockin’ blues album that’s very transferable to stage,” says David Gogo 
Read the rest of the article here
Mar 6 - Heriot Bay Inn - Quadra Island, BC
Mar 14 - Rodmay Rainbow Room - Powell River, BC
Mar 21 - The Dinghy Dock Pub - Nanaimo, BC
Mar 26 - Pavillion Arthabaska - Victoriaville, QC

March 4, 2015