Three important Georgia blues artists are going to be among the inductees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this year.
Sean Costello will be posthumously inducted. This certainly seems like it's about time and will make his many fans very happy. Sean died tragically in 2008 on the eve of his 29th birthday. He suffered from Bi-Polar Disease, which contributed to his death. You may learn more about Sean at the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi-Polar Research.
Sean was a brilliant blues musician who made music that is cherished by many. He toured with Susan Tedeschi and he played all over the country with his own band, appearing with many of the greats. It is only fitting that he receives this posthumous recognition in his home state.
Another Atlanta musician, Francine Reed, is also being honored. Francine performs often at Blind Willie's, The Family Dog, and other area clubs. While she is best known for her work with Lyle Lovett, she is a powerful performer in her own right who has her own chapter in my book, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do.
One of my favorite groups of all time, Wet Willie, are also being inducted. They formed in Alabama but moved to Macon in 1970 and signed with Capricorn Records in that label's glory days. They are best known for the irresistible "Keep on Smilin'". While the band disbanded for a while, they have reformed and play regularly in our area.
Other inductees this year include Lady Antebellum, Jeff Foxworthy for Spoken Word, Ed Roland of Collective Soul.
The awards will be televised live on PBS on October 11 at 8 pm.