Various Artists….Sean Costello Tribute review…November 8, 2019…

VARIOUS ARTISTS

DON’T PASS ME BY:

A TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINAL SONGS OF SEAN COSTELLO

LANDSLIDE RECORDS

SAME OLD GAME–ALBERT CASTIGLIA   HOW IN THE DEVIL–STEVE MARRINER   WHO’S BEEN CHEATIN WHO–WATERMELON SLIM AND DENNIS GRUENLING   I GOT TO RIDE–CANDYE KANE AND LAURA CHAVEZ   DON’T PASS ME BY–VICTOR WAINWRIGHT   LOW LIFE BLUES–BOB MARGOLIN AND DENNIS GRUENLING   ALL I CAN DO–SETH WALKER   NO HALF STEPPIN–SONIA LEIGH   HARD LUCK WOMAN–NICK MOSS BAND WITH MICHAEL LEDBETTER   FATHER–NORTH  MISSISSIPPI ALL STARS   SHE CHANGED MY MIND–THE ELECTROMATICS   DON’T BE RECKLESS WITH MY HEART–DEBBIE DAVIES WITH MIKEY JUNIOR   YOU’RE A PART OF ME–THE MORNING LIFE   CAN’T LET GO–MATT WAUCHOPE, MELVIN ZACHARY, AND TERRANCE PRATHER  FEEL LIKE I AIN’T GOT A HOME–OLIVER WOOD AND AMY HELM

With the untimely passing of guitarist/vocalist/composer Sean Costello on April 15, 2008, one day shy of his 29th birthday, the blues community lost one of its true super talents.  From his first album, “Call The Cops,” recorded when he was sixteen, Sean was something special. His soulful playing and singing captivated audiences everywhere, and, after meeting Levon Helm thru his daughter, Amy Helm, Levon encouraged Sean to step outside the “blues box,” further adding to his legacy.

His music has touched a generation of players, and fifteen of those who either played with him or were inspired by his music have pooled their vast talents to put together “Don’t Pass Me By: A Tribute To The Original Songs Of Sean Costello,” for Landslide Records.   Every song is a highlight unto itself, as the artists herein chose their favorites of Sean’s catalog, which allowed them to put their own personal stamp on these timeless tunes.

Several of the tunes are done in the straight-blues form in which Sean composed them.  Check out the swampy, echo-washed cut from Albert Castiglia, with his “brand new angle on the Same Old Game.”  Steve Marriner asks the musical question, “How In The Devil do you sleep at night,” with “your mind on someone else?”  Watermelon Slim and harpblaster Dennis Gruenling give a rapid-fire read of “Who’s Been Cheatin’ Who,” while Candye Kane on vocals and Laura Chavez on guitar offer up a more traditional-sounding take on “I’ve Got To Ride.”  Sonia Leigh switches gears a bit, turning “No Half Steppin” into a soul-blues tour-de-force, as does Seth Walker, with an almost-torchy take on “All I Can Do,” which finds our hero struggling to “make it on my own.”

For us, the most powerful statement on the album was made by piano man Victor Wainwright with his interpretation of “Don’t Pass Me By.”  The thing that sets this one apart is Victor’s vocal, which eerily takes on the ambience and shades of Sean’s, providing the ultimate compliment from one artist to another.

Kudos to Jon Justice and Dave Gross for the arduous task of producing and putting this beautiful effort together.  Blues Blast Magazine named its Rising Star Award in honor of Sean, and the fifteen folks who banded together for “Don’t Pass Me By,” pay a loving tribute to this artist gone much too soon.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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