We Can Get Together

We Can Get Together

by Sean Costello
     
 
Atlanta roots guitarist/vocalist Sean Costello changes labels again -- this is his fourth in a five-album career -- but that hasn't proved to be a burden. If anything, his attack has sharpened both vocally and instrumentally on each subsequent release, resulting in this being his most impressive set. Although Costello is an accomplished guitarist and can shred with

Overview

Atlanta roots guitarist/vocalist Sean Costello changes labels again -- this is his fourth in a five-album career -- but that hasn't proved to be a burden. If anything, his attack has sharpened both vocally and instrumentally on each subsequent release, resulting in this being his most impressive set. Although Costello is an accomplished guitarist and can shred with the best of his blues-rocking brethren, he wisely puts more emphasis on the songs and his singing. Nine out of the 11 selections are originals, the largest percentage of self-written songs on any of his albums, and even the two traditional tracks are substantially rearranged to fit Costello's style. The sound shifts from the gritty, sparse, old ZZ Top-styled "Hard Luck Woman" to the smooth soul and light funk of "Can't Let Go," arguably the finest, most melodic moment here. He's even convincing on the gospel cover of "Going Home," somewhat uncharted territory that works just fine with his gruff voice and stinging guitar. The material is so strong and the ensemble playing of his band, many of whom are established cohorts in the Atlanta blues community, so effortless that he doesn't need to distract attention from the songs with the extended soloing he is capable of. Most importantly, he establishes a greasy groove that weaves through each cut, connecting them even when the styles differ. The closing waltz-time "Little Birds" is another traditional tune, this one picked up from the Band's Levon Helm, who also performed it on his 2007 Dirt Farmer release. Costello's tough, taut arrangement includes a sizzling slide guitar solo that's every bit as respectful as Helm's more old-timey, fiddle-dominated version. While Costello is clearly inspired by the blues greats, many of whom he has covered on previous collections, he slants more to '70s Southern soul, rock, and R&B here, dousing these genres with a bucket load of swamp water and spearheaded by his whiskey-laced vocals. There's a thick, gooey atmospheric vibe that hangs over the album, gels its contents, and shows Costello to be a terrific singer and songwriter and guitar talent just hitting his peak.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
Label:
Delta Groove Prod
UPC:
0850021001209
catalogNumber:
120

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sean Costello   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donnie McCormick   Background Vocals,Group Member
Oliver Wood   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Dave Roth   Group Member
Rich Iannucci   Organ,Accordion
Chris Uhler   Conga
Aaron Trubic   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Adam Mewherter   Sousaphone
Rich Ianucci   Organ
Aaron Tubic   Bass Guitar
Northside Men's Choir   Background Vocals
Ray Hangen   Drums
Jon Liebman   Harmonica
Paul Campanella   Percussion,Drums
Rich Lannucci   Organ,Accordion

Technical Credits

Jeff Bakos   Producer,Audio Production
Randy Chortkoff   Executive Producer
Scott Dirks   Liner Notes
Dave Roth   Composer
Sean Costello   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ann States   Tray Photo
Paul Linden   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Robert Jr. Fitzpatrick   Contributor
Aaron Trubic   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joshua Temkin   Artwork

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