The Epic 2017 Project #097: 170407
David Gogo – Skeleton Key (2002)
Gogo was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, and received his first guitar at the age of five. At the age of 15, he met Stevie Ray Vaughan backstage at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia and was encouraged by the blues legend to pursue a career in blues. By the age of 16, he was getting regular work as a musician. Gogo formed a band called The Persuaders, which eventually opened for blues performers such as Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins.
After a European tour supporting The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gogo signed a solo record deal with EMI Records. He soon after performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the likes of B.B. King, Otis Rush and Blues Traveler. He also guested on Tom Cochrane’s Mad Mad World album while working on material for his upcoming debut album for which he received a June award.
Despite its many successes, Gogo’s debut album was never released in the United States, and Gogo made the decision to leave EMI Records in order to pursue his passion for the blues. His next album, Dine Under the Stars, was released in Europe by French label Dixiefrog Records. He also signed with Canadian Independent label Ragged Pup/Cordova Bay Records. Several successful European tours and American blues festival appearances followed, as well as the albums Change of Pace (a rock-oriented blues album) and Bare Bones (an acoustic blues album) in 2000. Gogo was named Musician of the Year at the 1999/2000 West Coast Music Awards.
Halfway to Memphis was released by Cordova Bay Records and Dixiefrog Records (Europe) in 2001. Then in 2002 came ‘Skeleton Key’. The first single from the album was a blues-inspired rendition of the song “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode. This earned him an award for Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards for 2002
But as you all know ‘Personal Jesus’ really well – here’s the album’s blistering opener – ‘(Just ask) Jesse James’