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'Cornbread'Sean Costello Sean Costello
{1/25/05 | Tone-Cool Records / Artemis Records}

Sean Costello’s self-titled CD features Costello on lead vocals and guitar, backed by his band with notable guests including Levon Helm, Willie Weeks, Steve Jordan, the Conan O’Brien Horn Section, and Ollabelle.

This marks the 4th release for the 25-year-old Atlanta bluesman Sean Costello. We get 13 tracks; some songs originally by Al Green, Johnny Taylor, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Bob Dylan. The CD also contains seven originals including the single "No Half Steppin'" which highlights Costello's soulful vocals and guitar craftsmanship.

1. No Half Steppin’ – good bass lines, Hammond, smooth R&B’esque vocals and less dominant guitar. Good song.

2. I’m A Ram – raspy vocals with backing horns and bits of guitar.

3. She Changed My Mind – gospel sounding backing vocals, musically a solid tune.

4. Hold On This Time – an excellent track, I liked the Motown vocal and bass feel to it. The Hammond solo was right on.

5. Simple Twist Of Fate – a slow bluesy take on Dylan’s song. It was done well, very well. The guitar parts were mighty fine.

6. I’ve Got To Ride – this had a riverboat feel with harmonica, high keys. So this proves the age old question, can Atlanta bluesmen play St. Louie blues – yes.

7. Take It Easy – a bluesy mellow lounge song with vocals reaping of soul and emotion.

8. Peace Of Mind – harder, more distorted guitar playing than other songs with organ playin’ throughout. Excellent harp solo.

9. Father – a tad bit of southern rock/blues flair to it.

10. All I Can Do – very slow and mellow, not a blues tune, more of a 30’s or 40’s piano bar tune. Enjoyable song, good vocals, different direction than majority of CD.

11. Big Road Blues – what a major contrast over prior song, this song is grungier delta like traditional blues.

12. I Get A Feeling – horns, organ blues with duet vocals at parts, good guitar.

13. Don’t Pass Me By – I liked this song the best, is there such thing as blues-slow rock-pop?

This cat is good. I would imagine his popularity is growing regionally and at the footsteps of nationally. Don’t write Sean Costello, he is an up and comer in the blues scene. Now to the CD, I enjoyed it. I’d recommend it. Rating. 4.375.

Ciao’ for now, peace.

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