Personal opinion, but I think Sean Costello was the real deal, that kind of music maybe ain't everyones thing, but it sure is mine!
I totally agree BUT Sean would have been 30 in April I believe.
I wouldn't really call him "young" (and I'm 50). Ask any 19-21 year old or so and they'll tell you 30 is old LOL.
That said, yeah, Sean was the real deal. I'm totally a fellow blues freak.
There are many new players that have great technical skill, and wide vocabulary, but i still say most of the new generation lack a certain intangable quality. Its nothing to do with chops, or harmonic knowledge. Its about making a statement, and really knowing how to touch the instrument. Im not saying there isnt any of that in the new generation, but it seems alot fewer and far between.
Unthinkable! These threads would be a lot more honest if they just asked "where are all the 20 somethings playing blues based, classic rock, or virtuoso sounding."
I have noticed the "young guys" some people here gravitate towards are the folks like Sean Costello and John Mayer. Great guitarists? Yes. Exploring new ground? Not so much. Again ... I'm NOT downplaying their ability, appeal, skill or the fact that they excite and engage people. Those guys had/have a real talent. Just saying that when I read things like "they're really doing something new and exciting" really just means "they're new guys doing a lot of the same stuff I grew up listening to."
I can't comment about Mayer, but I think that Sean Costello in fact brought something new and exciting to the table. The songs he did were for the most part older (though he certainly didn't just play the basic blues songs as evidenced by his covers of Robert Ward, Al Green, Dylan, etc) but I think he had a unique voice that would have only developed had we not lost him. I think if he was still with us he would have gone on to do a lot of original material, based in the blues, but not stuck in it (not that there's anything wrong with that!)