February 2, 2016
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.