I guess releasing your 14th studio album qualifies you as a veteran. Much-praised guitar-slinging blues-rocker David Gogo has sure been prolific over a recording career now stretching over 21 years. His self-titled debut on Capitol came out in 1994, but all other releases have been on fine indie label Cordova Bay Records. New album Vicksburg Call confirms he remains at the top of his game, both as a fluent player and convincingly gruff-voiced singer. The title track has a Southern rock feel, while focus track "Cuts Me To The Bone" showcases his fiery fretwork. Originals are mixed with well-chosen covers, and a notable guest here is Kim Simmonds, of Savoy Brown. Gogo has been nominated for a JUNO five times and has taken home two Maple Blues Awards (both as Guitarist of the Year). Don't be surprised if this strong effort has him back in contention.
The hard-gigging Gogo has Western dates from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10, prior to playing the Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival in Thorold, ON on Oct. 16 and Duncan Showroom in Duncan BC on Oct. 30, followed by three dates in Holland (Nov. 28-Dec. 5).