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David Gogo 'Soul Bender' Podcast

David Gogo 'Soul Bender' Podcast

By David Gogo
Since bursting onto the Canadian music scene with his 1994 self-titled album and earning a JUNO nomination for Best New Solo Artist, David Gogo has racked up a long list of accolades throughout his singular and storied music career.

Hear the many stories from Gogo's illustrious career; from playing on stage with Johnny Winter and B.B. King to his once in a lifetime encounter with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Tune in on a bi-weekly basis and listen to David Gogo joined with his long time friend, Scott James, in a journey through the Blues, seen through the hazy recollections from his life on the road.
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Episode 044: Talking Scotland with Eric McLean
I sit down with my old pal Eric McLean (The Wee Man) about his time growing up and playing music in Scotland in the 60s. Robin Trower! Frankie Miller! Cheese! Lonnie Mack! Jeff Beck! The Kinks! If you are digging this podcast, please help us to keep going by donating at We love you.
April 13, 2022
Episode 043: Remembering Brendan Hedley
We recently lost our buddy and band mate Brendan Hedley. If you ever met him, you’d never forget him. Scott and I reminisce about this wild party of a human. Vomiting! Assault! Schnitzel! George Thorogood! To paraphrase Brendan, this podcast ain’t gonna suck itself, so please consider donating to to keep this thing rolling. We love you.
March 15, 2022
Episode 042: Mark Lanegan In Memoriam
Join Scott and me as we discuss the gut-punch of Mark Lanegan’s passing. Drugs! Booze! Suicides! Poetry! Billy Joel! If you enjoy these podcasts, please help us to continue doing them by donating at . We love you!
March 01, 2022
Episode 041: Remembering Some Of Those We Lost In 2021
As time marches on, we lose more and more legends in music. Scott and I chat about some of the greats we lost last year. And, folks? This podcast ain’t gonna suck itself. If you enjoy listening, please consider helping us to keep it going by donating at  We love you!
January 25, 2022
Episode 040: Chatting With Longevity John
I travelled to the thriving metropolis of Duncan BC to chat with the proprietor of the Duncan Showroom, long time music promoter Longevity John. Livestreams before COVID! Marijuana cigarettes! Keeping live music alive! Toe tappin’, finger snappin’ guarantees! Arseholes! If you dig the podcast, please give us a boost by donating here We love you!
December 21, 2021
Episode 039: Special Guest Bill Henderson
Special Guest Bill Henderson - I got a chance to sit down with legendary musician Bill Henderson to discuss his life in music. Chilliwack! The Collectors! Duane Allman! Hit songs! If you enjoy this podcast you can chuck a few bucks to Scott and me by donating here We love you!
November 16, 2021
Episode 038 - Silver Cup Part 2
Part 2 of Scott and I discussing the stories behind the songs on my album Silver Cup, which is out everywhere now!  Listen here: If you enjoy this podcast, you can throw few bucks our way by donating here
October 19, 2021
Episode 037: Silver Cup Part 1
Join Scott and me as we discuss the stories behind the songs on my new album Silver Cup, plus get a sneak peek listen to a couple of them!! If you enjoy this podcast, you can throw a few bucks our way by donating here
October 05, 2021
Episode 036: Charlie Watts Appreciation with Shaun Verreault
Well! After our last episode’s appreciation of the Rolling Stones, we sadly lost the great Charlie Watts. Shaun Verreault from Widemouth Mason joins me to talk about Charlie’s influence on rock and roll and his personal interaction with the man while touring together. Fancy shirts! No hi-hat on the 2 and 4! Mick’s lips! SMILE!!! If you dig this podcast, please donate to the Dr. Scott James benevolent fund at 
August 31, 2021
Episode 035: The Rolling Stones - An Apprecation
Join Scott and me as we discuss those Wrinkly Rockers, The Rolling Stones. Playing the blues! The “C” word! Replacing guitar players! Punk Rock! Longevity! Please send your questions to and keep us keepin’ on by donating to the podcast at the show here 
August 17, 2021
Episode 034: More Stories From The Road!
We are back! Join Scott and me as we reminisce about some of my early musical road trips. Wayne Gretzky! Swastikas! Hot mics! Strippers! Vintage cars! If you like what you hear, feel free to help us keep it going by donating to . We love you!
August 03, 2021
Episode 033: Hey! We Made Another Record!
That’s a wrap! Just finished tracking my new album. Excited to hear the final mixes! Steve Marriner and I sit down at the kitchen table to talk about what we’ve done. Songwriting collaborations! Pamela Anderson! Tape splicing! Boiled monkey bums! Vintage recording equipment! Plus, you get a sneak peek of the new album as we feature the instrumental song “64 1/2”! If you enjoy the podcast, please help us to keep the lights on by donating to . We love you!
July 06, 2021
Episode 032: Hope Dies Last
I am currently recording a new album on Gogo Mountain with Mr. Steve Marriner, who is just about to release his own album very soon. You might know him from his band, or from his touring with Colin James, Harry Manx and others. We discuss his career and the recording of Hope Dies Last, which drops July 2nd. Are you digging the podcast? You can support us by donating at !
June 22, 2021
Episode 031: Time To Record A New Album
Well, it’s that time again! Time to prepare to record a new album! Join Scott and me as we discuss what goes into creating a new recording project during these strange times. Louis Riel! Ribbon mics! Never too many guitars! Chicks! If you have a question for us, please send it to If you dig this podcast, you can help support it by throwing a few shekels our way via
June 08, 2021
Episode 030: I Love Saskatchewan - Part 3
Join Scott and me as we squeeze more drops of love out for the wonderful province of Saskatchewan! Covered wagons! Booze tunnels! Buffy St. Marie! Square pickled eggs! Naughty Nelly! Jian Gomeshi! If you dig this podcast, you can help us keep it going by donating to . Shoot us some questions at . We love you!
May 25, 2021
Episode 029: I Love Saskatchewan - Part 2
Join Scott and me as we travel through rural Saskatchewan looking for the boogie! Mugs of wine! Getting married in costume! Scotch and tonic! Making new friends in Gull Lake! Sparking up doobies while dining! And don’t forget Forget! If you have any questions for us, send them to . You can help us keep this boat afloat by donating to We love you!
April 27, 2021
Episode 028: I Love Saskatchewan - Part 1
Sending out some love to the Canadian prairies! Scott and I chat about good times in the Land Of The Living Skies, part one. Lots of Saskatoon stories. Bud’s On Broadway! Drinking while doing your laundry! Juno Award party madness! Hacking darts inside the guitar shop! Big Dave McLean! Huevos Rancheros! Chicks! If you have any questions, send them to . If you enjoy the podcast, please help us to keep it going by donating to . We love you!
April 14, 2021
Episode 027: The Vision Of The Blind Owl - An Appreciation Of Alan Wilson And Canned Heat
Join Scott and me as we chat about the legendary Alan Wilson and Canned Heat. Their album Boogie With Canned Heat was etched into my brain as a child. Alan was a fascinating character who left us much too early. The Sunflower! Body odor! The Mole! The environment! Fito! Drug Busts! The Bear! Early death! If you enjoy the podcast, feel free to send a donation to help us keep it going at . Send your listener questions to . We love you!
March 31, 2021
Episode 026: Happy Anniversary, Baby! (And Winnipeg Love)
Join Scott and me as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Soul Bender Podcast and the Goddamn pandemic lockdown! We also talk about the great music and food town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Chicken Strips! Chicken Toss! Louis Riel! Trouble Man! Clubhouse sandwiches! Tattooed waitresses! If you dig this podcast, feel free to toss us a few shekels at Enjoy!!
March 16, 2021
Episode 025: Let’s Talk About Bob!
I’ve never met Bob Dylan, but I know a few people who do. Scott and I chat about this koo-koo legend and appreciate his genius. Late night with David Letterman! Answering machines! Ronnie Wood! Lenny Bruce! Dig it, if you will. If you have any questions, please forward send them to If you wish to keep our effort going, please feel free to donate at We thank you!
February 24, 2021
Episode 024: Thank You, Buddy Guy!
Join Scott and me as we chat about the blues phenomenon that is Buddy Guy! One of the all-time greats, and still going at 84 years old. What a thrill it was for me to not only tour with him but to have him record a song that I co-wrote. Salami sandwiches! Stone crazy! So funky you can smell it! Listener questions! Shut the fuck up! If you have any questions for us, please send them to Help us keep the podcast going by donating at We thank you! 
February 09, 2021
Episode 023: An Appreciation Of BB King
In this episode, Scott and I chat about the legendary king of the blues,  Mr.B.B. King. I was fortunate enough to open for him a few times, hang out and even play on stage with him! Mississippi! Slide guitar! Oral  Pleasure! Insurance fuck ups! LEGEND!! Please feel free to send in your questions to, and you can help us keep the lights on by donating to!
January 26, 2021
Episode 022: Those We Lost In 2020
Well, besides the shutdown of the music business due to the pandemic, we also lost way too many fantastic musicians. We don’t cover them all during this episode, but Scott and I talk about great artists such as  Little Richard, Billy Joe Shaver, Bill Withers, John Prine, and others.  If you like what you are hearing during these podcasts, you can help keep it going by donating here . We appreciate your support!
January 12, 2021
Episode 021: John Mayall - Godfather Of British Blues
Legendary musician John Mayall recently celebrated his 87th birthday by releasing a new single, which is amazing. We decided to dedicate this episode to his achievements and my interactions with him over the decades. Eric Clapton! Doughnuts! Pornography! Farting! Last Chicken On The Shelf! You don’t want to miss this one, folks! If you like what you hear and would like to help us keep the bills paid here at Soul Bender Central, you can donate at 
December 16, 2020
Episode 020: Maple Leaf Mojo Meets New Orleans Gumbo
We take a trip (two, actually) down to New Orleans in this episode as we focus on the show I did there in 2006 as a fundraiser for the musician's clinic and WWOZ radio after Katrina. Hurricanes (the drink)! Actual hurricanes! Daniel Lanois! Jack Daniels! Turducken! Musical genius! Plus, we answer a couple of reader's questions. Do you have any questions for us? Ask away at . Wanna donate to the podcast? Give ‘er right here . Enjoy!
November 24, 2020
Episode 019: New Kid In Town - Chatting with Gene Carr
I have a special guest this week! I sit down on the porch on Gogo Mountain with former NHL player, Nanaimo’s own Gene Carr. We don’t talk too much hockey, we stick mostly to Geno’s interaction with rock stars in the the 70s when he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings. The Eagles! Bob Seger! Eddie Van Halen! ELVIS FUCKING PRESLEY!! If you like these podcasts, kindly donate to keep the lights on here Any questions? We’d love to hear from you! E-mail us
November 10, 2020
Episode 018: Christine!
Exclusive advance release of my new single! I’m not trying to save the world with this track, just trying to dish out some fun during these crazy times! Crank it up and tell your friends to have a listen! Give ‘er!
October 27, 2020
Episode 017: RIP Eddie Van Halen
The world lost a true guitar innovator and musical genius recently, Mr. Eddie Van Halen. I never knew the man, but join us as Scott and I talk about this legend. Finger tapping! Diamond Dave! Shredders! Brown M&Ms! Ruined hotel room furniture! Also, if you enjoy the Soul Bender Podcast, you can donate at to help us along. Enjoy! 
October 13, 2020
Episode 016: Let's Blow The Roof Off The Joint! Great Music venues, Past And Present - Part 1
Follow me through the rooms that I rocked from the beginning of my  career to my first road trips! Community Halls! Actual “Nanaimo Bars”!  Hell’s Angels gatherings! Harpo’s in Victoria BC! The legendary Town  Pump! The Fabulous Commodore Ballroom! Too many stories, this will be a  two parter, at least! Any questions? Send us a message at Like what you are hearing and wish to contribute to the podcast? Donations gratefully accepted here . Rock on!
September 29, 2020
Episode 015: Random Brushes With Fame
Join Scott and I as we reminisce about some of my random brushes with fame. Robert Plant wants a pint! Lou Diamond Phillips likes my coat! Hanging with Jimi Hendrix’s dad! Iggy Pop doodles! I stare into Prince’s eyes! And remember, if you have any questions, please send them to Also, if you have been enjoying the podcast, feel free to donate towards keeping everything running tickety boo at It would be very much appreciated! 
September 15, 2020
Episode 014: Let's Talk About Beck, Baby! An Appreciation Of Jeff Beck
Listen to Scott and I chat about the living legend and greatest guitar player, Jeff Beck, who I have had the privilege of meeting a couple of times. Champagne and Sharpies! Supple thighs! Platinum albums without vocals! Yardbirds! Hendrix! I had had a good chuckle at Scott’s editing, as well... Remember to send your listener questions to!
September 01, 2020
Episode 013: Macon, Georgia Is Cool
Join me as I recollect my trip to Macon, Georgia back in 2011. World’s  Best fried chicken! Graveyards! Lunch with Otis Redding’s Brother!  Allman Brothers Band! Thick poured whiskey! Brunswick Stew! Cool town. Remember to send your listener questions to!
August 18, 2020
Episode 012: Remembering Peter Green
We recorded a special episode of The Soul Bender Podcast after the  passing of the legendary Peter Green. I felt that I had to pay tribute  to one of my big influences, so here it is. God like guitar tone!  Perplexing phrasing! Number one singles! Death Threats! Drugs! Mental  illness! Have a listen to Scott James and I as we look back at the  career of this overlooked master. Also, we would love to hear from you!  Please send questions to
August 04, 2020
Episode 011: Touring With George Thorogood
Here my stories from being the opening act on a sold-out tour with the legendary George Thorogood! Snapped whammy bars! Maraca madness!  Sleeping standing up! Feeling like a rock star! The secret to success!  Please send us your listener questions by emailing us at!
July 21, 2020
Episode 010: Silly Stories From The Road
We change things up a bit on this episode. Rather than concentrate on one particular subject, I recall shenanigans from the topsy turvy world of the traveling musician. Puking in elevators! Chocolate Bed Sheets! Puking on tables! Sleeping naked in public! Puking out of moving vehicles! PLUS - We’d love to hear from you. Please send your questions to and I will answer them on a future episode!
July 07, 2020
Episode 009: Iceman! My hero, Albert Collins
Join me on my journey from being an underage fan, opening for, and eventually playing onstage with the legendary Master Of The Telecaster, Albert Collins!! Smoked salmon! Adventures in babysitting! Racism! Asses both kissed and kicked! I think about Albert every time I play a show. He was the best!
June 23, 2020
Episode 008: Johnny Winter Hoochie Koo
YEEEEAAAAHHHH! Let’s talk about Johnny Winter. Hear my stories of how I went from a fan sneaking into to see him when I was underage, to opening shows and touring with him from the 80s to 2013. Janis Joplin! The Allman Brothers! Muddy Waters! Heroin! Taco Bell! Get the inside scoop of working and hanging out with a true music legend. 
June 09, 2020
Episode 007: Travelling The Blues Trail - Part 2
Join me as I travel The Blues Trail in search of inspiration to write for my Come On Down album. I go down to Rosedale with my rider by  my side! Standing in Elvis’ footsteps! Pouring Whiskey on Robert  Johnson’s grave! Going live on the King Biscuit Time radio show with  Sunshine Sonny Payne! Carol! Johnny Winter and Kermit The Frog! Muscle  Shoals memories!
May 26, 2020
Episode 006: Travelling The Blues Trail - Part 1
Looking for inspiration to write songs for my new album, I decided to travel to the southern United States in November of 2012 and follow  The Blues Trail. Walking in Memphis! Sun Studio! Elvis Presley’s ain’t!  Watching Al Green preach the gospel! Sleeping in Robert Plant’s bed!  Playing the blues in Clarksdale Mississippi!! Lounging at The Po’  Monkey! Friars Point, Mama! Take a trip with me...
May 12, 2020
Episode 005: Let's Make A Record - Part 2
Recording my first album in Seattle with producer Rick Parashar. Record company Insanity!! Hanging out with Tom Cochrane, Pearl Jam and Blind Melon. Touring America with Joe Satriani. Leather pants!! The big black truck! Buddy Guy! Trying to stay sane! Fucking up! This one is good and sweary… I will get in touch with Scott and figure out how to proceed with the next few episodes. There are many more to come! Stay safe!
April 28, 2020
Episode 004: Let's Make A Record - Part 1
I go from a happy go lucky young guy playing music on the road with my chums, to signing a solo record deal and trying to figure out how to write songs. Pressure! Mental Illness! Firing my buddies! We travel to Toronto, Memphis, Nashville and Holly Springs Mississippi and meet many cool people including Al Kooper, Eddie Kramer, and Bobby Whitlock. This one’s a grower!
April 14, 2020
Episode 003: Pandemic Podcast
I sit down and bust the cap on a 40 with Shawn Hall, the Harpoonist of The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer to talk about the impact that the COVID-19 Virus has had on the music industry. We don’t swear much, but it’s still interesting!
March 31, 2020
Episode 002: Montreux Memories
Adventures in Switzerland! Funky Claude was running around! Playing on stage with BB King, Otis Rush,  and Blues Traveller! Hobnobbing with the likes of Doug Sahm, Bonnie  Raitt, Quincy Jones, Howard Hesseman Freddy Fender and more!
March 17, 2020
Episode 001: Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan
It’s hard to believe that Stevie Ray Vaughan was only 35 years old when he passed away, and it will be 30 years since the unfortunate accident which led to his death on August 27th, 1990. He is a legend in the industry, inspiring and influencing millions of fans to this day.   David Gogo was fortunate enough to spend time with Stevie Ray Vaughan on several occasions, between the age of 15, and up until his untimely passing. In the first-ever episode of the David Gogo Soul Bender Podcast: David Gogo, tells a never-before-told story of how he met and hung out with the guitar icon, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
March 03, 2020
Welcome to the David Gogo 'Soul Bender' Podcast
Want to know what this is about? David Gogo gives you a quick rundown of what you can expect in his brand new podcast. Tune in every other Tuesday from March 3rd, 2020! 
February 19, 2020