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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 07:53 PM
I just read this from an email on the listserv. Sean was found dead today in an Atlanta hotel room. He played guitar with Susan on her breakout Just Won't Burn CD. Truly sad. He would have been 29 tomorrow.
*From Blues Blast News
April 15, 2008*

* *RIP Sean Costello 4/16/79-4/15/08:* This shocking and sad news
just in from Steve Hecht of Piedmont Talent
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubhqakauesaiahsyakauwhe/click.php>: Blues
singer/guitarist Sean Costello
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubhyagauesapahsyatauwhe/click.php> was found
today dead in his hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia. He would have
been 29 tomorrow. Cause of death is not known at present but
details will posted on the Piedmont Talent
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubhqakauesaiahsyakauwhe/click.php> website as
they are revealed. Sean
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubhyagauesapahsyatauwhe/click.php> had
recently released his fourth CD, /We Can Get Together
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubwsakauesapahsyaxauwhe/click.php>/ on the
Delta Groove
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubwuavauesaaahsyaoauwhe/click.php> Record
Label, and was a featured guitarist on the acclaimed new Nappy
Brown <http://t.ymlp12.com/ubweavauesatahsyanauwhe/click.php> CD
/Long Time Coming
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubwmalauesatahsyatauwhe/click.php>/ on Blind
Pig Records
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubwjadauesaaahsyavauwhe/click.php>. A
handsome young man with amazing guitar ability, a fine voice, and
a strong sense of carrying forward the tradition of the blues,
Sean <http://t.ymlp12.com/ubhyagauesapahsyatauwhe/click.php> was a
rising star with a brilliant career in front of him. In a world
where we sorrowfully watch so many elder statesman of the blues
pass, the loss this youthful bright light is especially hard to
take. Rest in peace, Sean
<http://t.ymlp12.com/ubhyagauesapahsyatauwhe/click.php>.

Please visit our website at http://www.IllinoisBlues.com for "all news Blues"!

This is confirmed on http://www.piedmonttalent.com

Sean was a magnificent talent, playing blues from his heart. Its a sad day.
--
Walter




 
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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 07:59 PM
I received a few calls a couple of hours ago but couldn't find anything on the 'net until a few minutes ago. Terrible news.....another great one gone. RIP, Sean.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 08:02 PM
I first saw Sean play at the Blind Willie show in Thomson, GA two years ago. It was the year that Chuck and Randall headlined! I bought his cd from him, and had a great conversation with him after his set. I am soooooo sad today! Another one gone too soon!

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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 08:19 PM
So young, what a bummer, had a lot ahead of him.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 08:22 PM
Unbelievable....

 

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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 08:50 PM

Sean was a great guy and a wonderful player. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and may he rest in peace.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 08:52 PM
I will be listening to his music on my way to work! Remembering what a great man, and musician this world has lost!

 

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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 08:56 PM

Sean Costello - We Can Get Together



Delta Groove Productions
http://www.myspace.com/seancostello


From the first lick of the guitar on the first track of Sean Costello's fifth album, We Can Get Together, you know why this Philadelphia native is a past Memphis Blues Society Winner. But with this new disk, Costello shows an increasing maturity not only as a singer/guitarist, but also as a song writer. Indeed, nine of the eleven cuts on We Can Get Together are Costello originals, some with co-writer credits to his band mates and others.

One might expect expert bluesmanship from a performer from Philadelphia, except Costello is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, not Philadelphia, Mississippi. He immigrated south to Atlanta at age nine and picked up his first guitar shortly thereafter. While most of his high school classmates were trying to get dates with members of the opposite sex, he had formed a band and was trying to get dates in clubs around Hotlanta. Costello had cut his first disk by age 17 and added three more in intervening years before We Can get Together.

He cites B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Pinetop Perkins as major musical influences, having jammed with them and others, along with touring and recording with Susan Tedeschi before going it alone. The disk shows strong influence from Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Eric Clapton and even ZZ Top.

Here are some highlights:

"Anytime You Want" is a good guitar screamer that is a groovin' mixture of rock and roll and blues. Costello's guitar moves into tremolo mode for "Same Old Game," which also sports some catchy lyrics. "Can't Let Go" features a breezy sound that belies the hope that she will come back.

Costello's "Told Me a Lie" has a Beatles psychedelic era feel to it while a staccato style guitar riff is featured throughout the otherwise darkly-flavored "Hard Luck Woman."

"How in the Devil" will delight ZZ Top fans with it's rocking blues riffs and Texas boogie lyrics. Some classy organ work sets the pitiful mood for "Have You No Shame," a song about a guy who chances on his baby under the streetlight in the arms of another.

The traditional "Going Home" is the bluest song on the disk, which is seasoned further by a strong pinch of gospel. Eric Clapton fans will feel right at home with "All This Time," an anthem to a guy trying to reel in the girl of his dreams.

The urgent sounding flavor of "Feel Like I Ain't Got a Home" sings of the desire to slow down--and settle down--with somebody to love before it's too late. Costello concludes with another traditional blues number, "Little Birds."

Why is Sean Costello so good? And why is We Can Get Together so good? Two reasons: One, he recognizes and salutes his influences and stays true to them. Two, while recognizing these influences he also recognizes--as he puts it--"I'll never play the old blues better than the people who invented it &#8230; so I need to make my own statement."

Two beer bottles up for this one!

Reviewer Rob Paullin realizes he cannot just steal the "Two Thumbs Up" line from the movie review guys, so he'll simply adapt it to his own world ...


[Edited on 4/16/2008 by Hophead]

 

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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 09:35 PM
He was a very talented guitarist and singer. Met the guy and saw him perform a couple of times. He was a good guy. Played and sang a wonderful Simple Twist of Fate. This is sad news on Tax Day.



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  posted on 4/15/2008 at 09:56 PM
very sad indeed. r.i.p. sean.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 01:00 AM
He played with great feel, and soul!! sang great, I have him on video with levon helm, at one of the rambles. ..............sad indeed.
 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 02:51 AM
Sorry to hear this news. Sean was well regarded in the blues community as one of the younger talents helping to keep the blues alive and vibrant. Matter of fact he had just recently released a new CD "We Can Get Together" and it was getting quite a number of positive reviews (I've included the review from BluesReview.com.) from variety of blues publications. Btw, today (April 16) was to be his 29th Birthday. RIP Sean, you'll be missed.

The following is review of Sean's last CD "We Can Get Together" from BluesReview.com

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Sean Costello - We Can Get Together

Available February 19th, 2008

Smokin’ guitarist and singer Sean Costello went home to Atlanta to record his latest Delta Groove disc, “We Can Get Together,” and the result is an eclectic mix of styles that recalls two of his biggest inspirations, Muddy Waters’ guitarist Hubert Sumlin and the Band’s Levon Helm.

Like them, Costello ventures into all kinds of styles and grooves, from stormy Monday style swamp rock to southern fried funk and passionate gospel –but in the center of the swirling cyclone, the listener always grabs onto his rock solid voice and ticklish guitar playing.

“I wanted to bring in my best buddies and capture the Atlanta scene which is not well represented,” says the 28-year-old, who received some notoriety backing Susan Tedeschi on her break through disc “Just Won’t Burn” and collaborating with Amy and Levon Helm in the New York gospel blues scene.

“In Atlanta you can go to a club and hear this strange mix of soul tunes, country tunes, and blues tunes all done by the same band on he same night, and it doesn’t sound out of place. It’s a peculiarly Southern
thing.”

A prodigy who began playing at the age of 9 and won the Memphis Blues Society’s New Talent Award when he was 14, Costello is a restless student of the blues tapping rich and often unexplored nooks and crannies for inspiration. He released his first disc in 1996 and has been touring and recording ever since.

A musical discussion with him is as likely to touch on Otis Clay, O. V. Wright, Eddie Hinton, Otis
Redding, Bobby Womack, and Johnnie Taylor (his all-time favorite singer) as Otis Rush, Robert Lockwood Jr., Freddy King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jimmie Vaughan, or Lurrie Bell (his favorite contemporary guitarist). And then he’ll cite Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

You can hear it all on this disc and a lot more. (There’s even a chicken coop for percussion on one tune.)

“Anytime You Want” channels a mix of Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar with some Marc Bolan T-Rex vocal twists. Sixties era rockers like Robert Plant would smile at the ingenuity of it. This is what they were trying to do and then some.

“Same Old Game” is the best Stones tune the Stones didn’t write with Costello playing two players worth of chunky guitar. “Can’t Let Go” is a whole other direction, smooth Tyrone Davis style soul.

“Told Me a Lie,” does what Costello does best: makes you scratch your head counting all the inspirations. There’s a tuba, which brings to mind the Band and New Orleans Cajun haunts; some doo-wop (he was born in Philly, before his parents moved to Atlanta); a little gospel, the chicken coop, and a bit of Beatles whimsy.

“Hard Luck Woman” grafts a prison work song to later day Bob Dylan. “Going Home” channels Albert King; “Feel Like I Ain’t Got a Home,” brings to mind Sonny Boy Williamson and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

And “Little Birds” takes you into the heart and soul of a bluesman in the darkest hours of the night, when it doesn’t seem certain that dawn is coming.

“So much of the blues these days is the same thing over and over,” says Costello. “I wanted that feeling I get when I listen to my favorite records. I wanted to take a different spin on every song. I was trying to make it all sound fresh.”

You can’t listen to this without agreeing that he reached his goal and then some. This is one of the most inspired singer/songwriters to come down the road in a long, long time.
-Delta Groove Music, Inc.




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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 04:27 AM
This is horrible. Just 29 years old.
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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 07:43 AM
This is truly a tragedy. I had just reviewed his latest CD for Hittin' the Note, and I thought it was his best work yet. I was convinced he was just hitting his stride as an artist.

Really, really sad news

 
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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 09:24 AM
Saw Sean a few weeks ago playing a few tunes with the Last Waltz Ensemble at Smith's Olde Bar. He was having a blast. He played gigs over this past weekend too. Very sad.

Just Won't Burn by Susan Tedeschi is in alot of Allman Brother fan's CD collections and Sean Costello is all over that one. Susan T's guitar playing was definitely influenced by Sean, IMO.

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 11:13 AM
turn on wncw.org and listen live they are remembering Sean right now

wow today would have been his 29th birthday

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 12:40 PM
What a damn shame. So young and such a talent.

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 01:05 PM
posted deleted - bad form on my part. I apologize.

[Edited on 4/17/2008 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 01:17 PM
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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 01:31 PM
Very sad news, though I'm sorry to say I was unfamiliar w/ him.
An Atlanta get together tonight:

http://www.accessatlanta.com/music/content/music/stories/2008/04/16/costell o_0416.html

 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 01:37 PM
Got this from a Myspace bulletin...

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I have spoken to Sean's family. They appreciate the outpouring of love and concern and have asked that the following statement be released to Sean's friends and fans.

From the family of Sean Costello

"The family has requested a period of grievance to cope with the first orders of business (funeral arrangements). Funeral details are forthcoming.

Given the difficulty of this as well as the shock of so sudden a passing, the family respectfully asks that there be no planning of events (musical or otherwise) until Sean is put to rest.

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 03:14 PM
High Cost of Low Living

You're the life of the party, everybody's host, and still you need somewhere you can hide.
All your good time friends, and your fair-weather has-beens, God knows, were just along for the ride.
You think you're a survivor, but boy, you'd better think twice.
No one rises up for nothing, so step up and pay the price, 'cause it's the high cost of low living. Ain’t it high time you turn yourself around? The high cost of low living is bound to put you six feet in the ground.

So many here who love you, and still you just can't tell the real ones, and those that drop your name.
All the while behind your back, they rip the flesh right from your bones.
You should know by now we're all fair game.
You've been chasing each dream with whiskey, from here to Tokyo, using up all your real friends in places left to go.
'Cause it's the high cost of low living, ain’t it high time to turn yourself around? Yeah, the high cost of low living is bound to put you six feet in the ground.

Don't look behind you, don't look back.
Don't try to find reason in the past, 'cause the past is gone, gone at last.
And it's the high cost of low living, and it's high time to turn yourself around.
Or the high cost of low living is bound to put you six feet in the ground.




 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 03:24 PM

Thanks for the post, Tinsley. Reading those words was really moving. Sean was a good friend of yours, and I know you must be in pain ...

 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 03:39 PM
TE, I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, Sean. I hope I didn't offend you by my post about the reported cause of his passing. Too many of the great music artists have left way too soon over dalliances with illicit substances. When someone in the arts leaves suddenly, it's usually the first thought that pops into the mind.

My condolences to you and to all of Sean's family and friends.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2008 at 04:00 PM
Very sad for one so young to be leaving so soon. Prayers going out to his family and friends that they may find comfort in their hearts which must be breaking right now.
Rest peacefully Sean Costello

 

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