Sean Costello review..Jan. 15, 2015…

SEAN COSTELLO

IN THE MAGC SHOP

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IT’S MY OWN FAULT–CAN’T LET GO–HARD LUCK WOMAN–TRUST IN ME–FEEL LIKE I AIN’T GOT A HOME–YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS–CHECK IT OUT–I WENT WRONG–YOU WEAR IT WELL–TOLD ME A LIE–MAKE A MOVE–FOOL’S PARADISE

Sean Costello left this world way too soon on April 15 2008, on the eve of his 29th birthday, after a lengthy battle with addictions, and a life-long battle with bipolar disorder.  As a teen, he set himself apart from some of the other phenoms thru his soulful, expressive singing, and, later thru his songwriting.  One can feel the young man coming of age in this previously-unreleased studio album from 2005, entitled “In The Magic Shop.”  It was produced by Sean’s long-time friend Steve Rosenthal, in his new York studio, The Magic Shop.

Sean Costello had a firm grip on several genres’ of music, and managed to keep them all rooted in the blues.  Listen to his version of Bobby Womack’s “Check It Out” and Fenton Robinson’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” giving each of these classics a bluesy workout with his vocals and blistering guitar.

“Make A Move” ventures into some fine, funky territory with the poignant lyric, “we all have troubles in our life,” and the set closes with a somber “Fool’s Paradise.”  Sean shows off more of his versatility on the sweet ballad, “Trust In Me,” and a too-cool-for-school take on “You Wear It Well” with Jimi Zhivago on twelve-string National guitar.

Our favorite was easy.  Sean always expressed himself most deeply thru his guitar, and the extended opening of “It’s My Own Fault” shows what a player Sean was–that passion and power that only he could conjure up is all over this cut and his ultra-bluesy vocal finishes it off.

Sean Costello was a huge talent who left this mortal coil battling a disease that even today is not fully understood.  All proceeds from the sales of “In The Magic Shop” will benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research.  Sean, we miss you, man….Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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