She demonstrates this in the new ‘SWEET MARIE’ documentary, directed by Juno-award winning songwriter-turned-filmmaker Amelia Curran. The studio documentary is a long standing tradition. It allows the audience to study the engine of the music they love – pry open the casing, and view the bones. What is particularly enticing, and what makes Erin Costelo a great subject for the studio documentary, are her skills as a producer. This isn’t simply tapping a microphone and slogging through fifty takes; every note from under each performer is a considered move. How it floats through the studio environment and is engineered and conditioned out the other side to its audience is a rodeo of painstaking precision and delight.
Costelo has assembled an ace group of Canadian players for the album, including Glenn Milchem on drums (Blue Rodeo), Anna Ruddick on bass (Randy Bachman), Leith Fleming-Smith on organ (Matt Mays, Hawksley Workman) and her long-time partner, Clive MacNutt, on guitar. Taking inspiration from sources as varied as Ryan Adams and Randy Newman, Costelo delivers a genre-defying batch of songs that sound at once timeless, timely and completely fresh.
Her 2016 release, DOWN BELOW, THE STATUS QUO, was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada including a win for Solo Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year, making her the first woman to receive the prestigious award. Costelo has had the opportunity to open for acts such as Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Bettye Lavette and with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band and will be starting an extensive North American tour on October 19th in Toronto.