I met Sean many years ago when he was a very young blues guitar player. He gave me his demo and I was floored. The dude was a freak. Last week I saw him play with Chris Galore and the Last Waltz Ensemble and it was magical…inspiring! After the show I slapped him on the back and talked about recording with him one day. It has become kind of a ritual for us. Exchange pleasantries, talk about what we are working on and then promising to work together sometime in the future. I am very sad to know now that it will not happen.
RIP Sean Costello 4/16/79-4/15/08: This shocking and sad news just in from Steve Hecht of Piedmont Talent: Blues singer/guitarist Sean Costello 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 website as they are revealed. Sean had recently released his fourth CD, We Can Get Together on the Delta Groove Record Label, and was a featured guitarist on the acclaimed new Nappy Brown CD Long Time Coming on Blind Pig Records. A handsome young man with amazing guitar ability, a fine voice, and a strong sense of carrying forward the tradition of the blues, Sean 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.
From the AJC: http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/content/music/stories/2008/04/16/costello_0416.html