SEAN COSTELLO "WE CAN GET TOGETHER"
Sean Costello: Vocals & Guitar
Aaron Trubic: Bass
Paul Campanella Jr.: Drums & Percussion
Oliver Wood: Guitar
Ray Hangen: Drums & Percussion
Rich Iannucci: Organ & Accordion
Adam Mewherter: Sousaphone
Jon Liebman: Harmonica
Donnie McCormick: Chicken Coop
Produced by Sean Costello, Aaron Trubic & Jeff Bakos
Executive Producer Randy Chortkoff
"Bluesy original songs arranged in classic soul style and delivered with a ravaged intensity." – Mojo Magazine
“The top contender to be the next blues star - and soon.” – Blues Revue Magazine
"Costello's sleek and gritty vocals are as passionate as his musical performances..." - Living Blues Magazine
"Of all the young blues lions out there brandishing their electric guitars, Costello is the one who's got his head and heart into the deep blues." - All Music Guide
A primarily self-taught guitarist, Sean Costello won the Beale Street Blues Society’s new talent award when he was only 14 years old. Costello’s impressive debut “Call the Cops” arrived in ‘96 at the tender age of 16, quickly establishing his reputation in the blues community while most other kids were out earning their driver’s licenses. In 1998, Costello contributed his tasteful lead guitar work on Susan Tedeschi’s gold-certified debut smash “Just Won’t Burn” and was also a featured member of her touring band.
In 2000, Costello released his long awaited follow up album “Cuttin’ In,” earning himself a nomination for Best New Artist Debut by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. Costello has since released two additional highly praised recordings and shared the stages with many of his inspirational heroes including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins and Bo Diddley. A cover story appeared in the February/March 2002 issue of Blues Revue Magazine and more recently, Costello’s talents were enlisted for the comeback recording “Long Time Coming” by ‘50s rhythm & blues pioneer Nappy Brown.
Widely recognized as a gifted and accomplished guitarist, Sean Costello now delivers his strongest and most mature effort of his career. On his Delta Groove debut, Costello further refines his approach by balancing his blistering red hot guitar work, along with soulful, confident vocals and expertly crafted songs. As the world continues to experience the loss of so many originators of the art form, you can rest assured that the future of the blues is in capable hands.
Sean Costello is a bluesman for the 21st century. Young, articulate, creative, and a man with his own voice and vision, his roots are nonetheless anchored in the traditional sounds of the generations who preceded him. Every time he performs, echoes of the soulful and funky sounds of the legends who laid the groundwork of the blues are in every phrase. And like the best of those who came before him, he takes the framework of the blues and adapts it to make his own statement. Costello manages to balance that fine line between ‘edgy and new’, and ‘familiar and comfortable’, and he does it in a way that is uniquely his own. His music is soulful and funky in the tradition of the masters, while sounding fresh and relevant in this century.
Born in Philadelphia in 1979, Costello moved with his family to Atlanta, GA at the age of 9. Shortly thereafter, he picked up the guitar. “I love playing the guitar,” he says. “As a kid I was definitely obsessive over the instrument, and for years I felt I could express myself better through the guitar than with my own voice.” Within a few short years of picking up the guitar, he’d won the Memphis Blues Society’s new talent award, and while his classmates were worrying about who they’d take to the high school prom, he was already on the road with his own band. In 1996, the precocious 17 year-old released his first album, “Call The Cops”. Around this time Costello joined up with fellow blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi, touring with her and laying down some tasteful lead guitar work on her Gold-certified Tone-Cool debut “Just Won’t Burn”.
Costello followed up with three more widely acclaimed CD releases between 2000 and 2005, plenty of high-profile press exposure, and an almost constant schedule of gigs and roadwork, which gave him opportunities to jam with blues legends such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, and Bo Diddley among many others. Along the way he’s also developed into an excellent original songwriter, and while his incendiary guitar skills certainly haven’t taken a backseat, he says, “…right now I’m equally driven towards writing songs and expanding my vocal direction.”
All the evidence that’s needed of his newfound focus is on display in this CD. “I feel like I’ve found my voice again. I wanted to create something that was new and interesting to me, and comes from my heart. There was no special concept, other than trying to do what’s natural for me, in an organic way that wasn’t forced or calculated. This was really a home-grown thing, a real hometown project, done with the guys I love playing with. And I’m very proud of the results.” From the hard-driving “Anytime You Want”, “Same Old Game” and “How In The Devil”, to the strutting “Can’t Let Go” and “Hard Luck Woman”, from the dark Tom Waits-ish vibe of “Little Birds” (a traditional song Sean learned from the legendary Levon Helm, who in turn had learned it from his parents), to the hard-to-categorize “Told Me A Lie”, Sean Costello proves that he’s developed into a fully mature artist with an appealing musical vision all his own. He tips his hat to many of his influences in blues, rock & roll, funk, contemporary music and even gospel, but there’s never any doubt that Costello is his own man musically. “I’ll never play the old blues better than the people who invented it…I’m 28 years old, and I need to make my own statement.” And with this release, Sean Costello does exactly that.
Produced by Sean Costello, Aaron Trubic and Jeff Bakos / Executive Producer: Randy Chortkoff / Creative Fulfillment President of Delta Groove Music: Robert Fitzpatrick / Mastered by Robert Hadley (The Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA.) / Artwork and Design by Joshua Temkin / Photography by Rebecca Eskenazi / Inside Tray Card Photograph by Ann States / Back Cover Photograph by Keith Taylor / Liner Notes by Scott Dirks / Radio & Promotion by Frank Roszak / Retail by Jeff Fleenor / Business Affairs by Malcolm Wiseman