Hubert Sumlin and Sean Costello at SXSW 2005

Betsie Brown
Sun Mar 13 23:17:52 EST 2005

Tone-Cool/Artemis recording artists Hubert Sumlin and Sean Costello are performing a SXSW showcase starting at 8pm on Wednesday, March 16, at Antone's in Austin, Texas celebrating their new releases - About Them Shoes and Sean Costello. XM Satellite Radio is recording both Hubert and Sean's sets for nationwide broadcast.
Fifty years ago Hubert Sumlin joined Howlin' Wolf's band and changed the way guitar was played. He is the guitar hero's guitar hero, and on his new CD a couple of them stop by to pay their respects. About Them Shoes features special guests Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, David Johansen, harmonica legend James Cotton and The Band's Levon Helm. Produced by Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and Eric Clapton), the album is a loving tribute to Muddy Waters and contains twelve songs either composed or popularized by Muddy Waters and one from Sumlin himself. About Them Shoes also features former Muddy Waters' sidemen Paul Oscher and Bob Margolin, Mudcat Ward, David Maxwell, George Receli, Nathaniel Peterson, and Blondie Chaplin. 

Rolling Stone recently included Sumlin in their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists. Sumlin is featured in the new Martin Scorsese/Antoine Fuqua blues performance film, Lightning In A Bottle. In March, Back Beat Books will publish a Hubert Sumlin biography by Will Romano, entitled Incurable Blues. In addition Hubert is nominated for a 2005 W.C. Handy Award in the "Traditional Blues - Male Artist of the Year" category.

Following his appearance at SXSW, Hubert will be playing Norway's Voss Jazz Festival, March 18-19, the Springing The Blues Festival, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, April 3, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Beale Street Music Festival at the end of April.

Hubert lives for the blues and 2005 finds him stronger and more enthusiastic than ever. You can learn more about Hubert at

Twenty-five year old Atlanta native Sean Costello has hit his stride with what will surely be his breakthrough album, the self-titled Sean Costello. This new CD, produced by Steve Rosenthal (Suzanne Vega, Freedy Johnston and the Rolling Stones), is the guitarist's fourth release and by far his most diverse and original. The album finds Costello shifting gears from Chicago blues to a crafty mixture of soul, funk, upbeat rock and his native blues. Sean is joined by his touring band and special guests including Levon Helm of The Band, his daughter Amy Helm and members of her group Ollabelle, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, and the Conan O'Brien horn section.

The album includes songs by Johnny Taylor, Al Green, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and a soulful and quite imaginative take on Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate." Besides performing the works of others, Costello offers up seven of his own remarkable compositions including the album's first single, "No Half Steppin'." The song takes the feel of a blues shuffle and a traditional blues guitar rhythm and mixes it up with pop influences and a gritty soul-stirring vocal. 

Mountain Stage Radio Show and Beale Street Caravan recently recorded Sean live playing songs from the new CD. Both these shows are due to be aired early May. After Antone's, Sean will be on the road throughout April and May. You can check his schedule and find out more about him by visiting

Note: To purchase both CDs at a special discount price click on the link below:

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