DAVID GOGO ACOUSTIC
To mix it up a bit, I'll switch to a finalist for the Western Canada Music Awards Blues Album of the Year, with a look at David Gogo's acoustic effort.
Local blues fans will recall Gogo who was one of the best performers to visit the Painted Hand Casino back when they were doing their bi-weekly blues nights (I still miss those in a huge way).
Gogo is best known as a dynamite blues guitarist. I can still remember him walking through the audience at the casino using disposable lighters and shot glasses as tools as he wailed away on his electric.
Well, this time out Gogo has taken a different approach, going the acoustic route, and guess what, he still wails.
Musically there are a number of Gogo originals including the hot lead cut It's Killing Me.
To mix it up he also throws in a few borrowed blues, including a killer hot rendition of Robert Johnson's Dust My Broom, arguably the best cut here, although I do say arguably because there are a number of cuts which could be labeled 'the best'.
For example Years Since Yesterday, a song by David Gonzalez, is another contender, as Gogo is great on both the guitar, and on vocals on this cut.
The cover of As the Grow Flies by Tony Joe White is also great, with its southern blues tilt.
The blues category is deep at the WCMA with efforts such as B.C. Read's Bowl of Sugar and Kat Danser's Somethin' Familiar, both reviewed in these pages in the past. Those two CDs were rated 8 and 8.5 respectively, but are still a step behind Gogo's latest work.
Very hot. It's a must for blues fans. Check it out at www.davidgogo.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 10, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada