Come on Down, the thirteenth studio album by veteran blues guitarist/vocalist David Gogo, is another solid release from the seasoned Canadian artist. The record sounds very professional: the musicians are all very tight, the mix is good, and the layering of percussion, background vocals, guitars, and keyboards makes this record sound like exactly what it is another good release by a very good player.
The album contains it’s share of variety: a handful of straight ahead rockers, such as the opener, "Bad ‘n’ Ruin,” a great minor blues in "Come on Down,”
an acoustic track in "Natchez Dog,” as well as a handful of more soulful numbers, the best of which is "Spare Me a Little of Your Love...”
..."Come On Down” is the gem of the album. It is simply a classic minor blues that can make or break an album, and, in this case, it makes it. "Worth It” is a nice, soulful number, which has, of all things, very creative background vocal parts. Rather than harmonizing off of the lead vocals, the background vocals function much as horns would: percussive stabs, sustained chords, and swells. While unusual, it’s a good-natured and fun touch to the album...
...The only real complaint with the album is "Natchez Dog.” Gogo was going for an older, acoustic blues sound, which means that the band playing on the very back end of the beat. While the band is together, the groove just never quite clicks as it should. Additionally, while there are no bad tracks on the album, there are some filler tunes. While this is a good record, Gogo is a seasoned veteran and should be judged as such. This is not a great record, but it is certainly a solid release by a very good player. ~ bluesrockreview.com
Vancouver Island’s David Gogo will release his 13th album, Come On Down,
September 17 via Cordova Bay Records.
Before writing and recording the album, Gogo took a pilgrimage along the "blues trail," starting in Memphis and traveling through Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.
During the trek, he appeared as a guest on Sonny Payne’s King Biscuit Radio Hour and toured the Fame, Sun, Stax and Royal studios. Gogo also traveled to towns mentioned in Robert Johnson's songs, poured bourbon on Johnson’s grave and went down to Rosedale with his rider by his side, as mentioned in "Crossroads."
For Come On Down, Gogo wrote six original tunes and combined them with six covers. The album honors traditional blues but also gets you dancing with some gritty rock and roll. Come On Down takes you to a place where Robert Johnson meets the Rolling Stones, where Fleetwood Mac meets Ray Charles. Gogo has earned four JUNO nominations, the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday Night Blues’ Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year
... ~ guitarworld.com