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David Gogo Silver Cup

Veteran acoustic blues.

Cordova Bay Records released the album by David Gogo Silver Cup on October 8, 2021.

Listen to David Gogo Silver Cup

Gogo has a long CV. Online, he has some success with his cover of the song “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, recorded famously by James Brown. Under Gogo’s title “This Is a Man’s World”, the cover version has earned spots on several Spotify playlists.

But this album, Silver Cup, is veteran acoustic blues.

Except the last track — I’ll get the bad news out of the way.

I found “Top Shelf” a weak closer. I wished the album had ended with the previous track, “64 1/2”, a charming instrumental.

And no, that number is not Gogo’s current age. He’s younger than that.

Backing up again to track eight, “Old Enough to Know Better” is my top track. It’s a bit of a talking blues with a lovable honky-tonk upright piano in the back. It also has inspired, though heavily compressed, acoustic guitar work.

“Works for Me”, track five, is an odd number. If you had to pick a genre for boomer love songs about being friends with benefits, I guess zydeco is the one. It’s not full-on zydeco, just a bit of the vibe.

On the whole, I enjoyed this album. The first three tracks are all solid and got me into Gogo’s blues mood. The first two in particular have that feeling that I jumped into when my band started to gig.

From there on, it’s a bit of Exile on Main Street, a bit of Chicago shuffle. Also, some less-straight bluesy acoustic rock songs as the curveballs.

Gogo has a quirky podcast, too — another member of the BC music pod club!

Find the CD for sale here and listen to David Gogo Silver Cup.

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.