David Gogo Nominated for Blues Artist of the Year at 2019 WCMAs

On the back of his lastest release 17 Vultures, David Gogo has been nominated for Blues Artist of the Year at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards. The awards will be held during the Breakout West Festival in Whitehorse, YK, October 2-6, 2019.

"Great to be acknowledged once again at the WCMAs!" says David, "I am very proud of my new album, and we have been having a blast playing the new songs on the road. It is wonderful to continue to be noticed, and I look forward to returning to Whitehorse after 20 years!

Fellow nominees in this category are:

Brandon Isaak
Jack Semple
James Buddy Rogers
Ndidi O

May 3, 2019

New Album Update from David Gogo

Hey Folks! It’s new album time!!

I am very excited about this project. I wrote five new songs and did four covers from artists as diverse as Barbecue Bob, Doug And The Slugs, Bob Dylan and The Beatles! We go from full on givin’ ‘er to all acoustic. Of course, there is plenty of rippin’ guitar throughout! We kept things really simple this time, and I think that it is very effective. Not a lot of bells and whistles, just laying it down. I am joined on most tracks by drummer Pat Steward (Odds, Bryan Adams) and Ben Dwyer on upright and electric bass. Guests are Marisha Devoin on upright bass, Tina Jones on vocals and banjo, and Simon Kendall on keyboards. My friends in Monkeyjunk are also featured together on a track. I look forward to getting out on the road and playing the new material for you. We will also be releasing some videos of me discussing the writing and recording process.

17 Vultures will be officially released on October 19 with an advance track available October 12. We will have CDs available immediately, with vinyl soon to follow. You can click on “shop” on this page to order. I will have copies with me at all my upcoming shows and it will be available on Spotify, Itunes, Apple Music and Googleplay Music.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you out there in that land!!

October 11, 2018

2018 Update From David Gogo

Hey, folks!!

Welcome to 2018!

2017 was a great year and I enjoyed getting out there and playing for you. Solo shows, band shows, festival workshops and guest recordings. Theatres, festivals, clubs, houses … all over. It was especially cool to play some new venues, which I will continue to do this year, as well as returning to my old favourites.

The big challenge for me, right now, is to write a new album. I always strive to make the latest the greatest, which is not always easy! I am lucky to have some time close to home over the next month to dig in. I have been playing around with new tunings, rocking some different axes than what I usually play and coming up with new ideas. I have been pleased as punch with the last three albums (all of them Juno nominated!) but I want top them - see if I can push the envelope a bit on the next record without upsetting the apple cart too much.

I have usually kept the acoustic songs to the acoustic albums, and the electric songs on the electric albums, but I am not going to limit myself on the new release.

Vicksburg Call mixed it up a bit and I liked that. I sometimes lose a bit of spontaneity in the studio and I want to remedy that. I also shy away from the fact that I play a pretty bitchin’ lead guitar and I should be definitely capitalizing more on that!

“Vicksburg“ was an huge step in the right direction for what I am trying to get to on this new project.

I shall continue writing away and I will keep you updated on my progress! Meanwhile, keep checking the tour dates and follow me on Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram!

Rock on with your bad selves …



January 17, 2018

David Gogo Hits The Road!


2017 Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year David Gogo will be hitting the road hard this Fall with legendary blues band Downchild. On top of his Downchild tour dates, Gogo will be playing a few full band and solo gigs along the way! Check out the full tour details at


Sept. 29 - Simonholt

Oct. 5 - Ironwood

Oct. 6 - Shakers Roadhouse

Oct. 7 - Shakers Roadhouse

Oct. 11 - Mary Winspear Centre w/ Downchild

Oct. 12 - Qualicum Beach Civic Centre w/ Downchild

Oct. 13 - Cowichan Performing Arts Centre w/ Downchild

Oct. 15 - Cascades Casino Summit Theatre w/ Downchild

Oct. 17 - Key City Theatre w/ Downchild

Oct. 19 - Charles Bailey Theatre w/ Downchild

Oct. 20 - Kelowna Community Theatre w/ Downchild

Oct. 21 - The Rainbow Room

Oct. 24 - Sagebrush Theatre w/ Downchild

Oct. 28 - Highwayman Hallowe'en Party at Highwayman Saloon

Nov. 1 - Osoyoos Elks Lodge

Nov. 2 - Record City w/ The Bill Durst Duo

Nov. 3 - Slocan City Trading Co. w/ The Bill Durst Duo

Nov. 4 - David Gogo's Blues Bash with his Buddies! at The Dream Cafe

Nov. 11 - Duncan Showroom

Nov. 18 - Smoke N Water

Nov. 24 - David Gogo Host's the Rainbow's 33rd Anniversary Party!! at Rainbow Bistro




September 27, 2017

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. 

Listen to David Gogo's Vicksburg Call
On iTunes:
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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