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Deering and Down release third collaborative album

Posted: March 1, 2012 - 12:04am
Deering and Down debut new album, Out There Somewhere, at the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis Feb. 18. From left, Leroy Hodges, Rev. Neil Down, Lannie McMillan, Marc Franklin, Lahna Deering and Charles Hodges.  Photo by Lisa Mac
Photo by Lisa Mac
Deering and Down debut new album, Out There Somewhere, at the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis Feb. 18. From left, Leroy Hodges, Rev. Neil Down, Lannie McMillan, Marc Franklin, Lahna Deering and Charles Hodges.

Earlier this month, the Southeast Alaska born band Deering and Down released their new album, “Out There Somewhere,” at a big celebration in Memphis. Now local audiences will have a chance to celebrate Lahna Deering and Rev. Neil Down’s new material at a video screening and reception to be held Friday at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

“Linda McCabe,” a video for one of the songs for the album directed by James Sposto, will be shown at 5 p.m. Following the screening, a reception will be held, with Deering and Down appearing via Skype, live from Memphis. Tigerpilot, a band that features Deering’s brother, Morgan Deering, will provide music, and edible treats will be provided by Deering’s mother, Joan Deering, owner of Paradise Bakery and Cafe.

“Out There Somewhere” was recorded at Royal Studio in Memphis, a place made famous by soul singer Al Green and his record producer “Papa” Willie Mitchell. Prior to Mitchell’s death, he worked on horn arrangements and mixing for “Out There Somewhere,” and his son, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, co-produced the album.

Singer Deering and guitar player Down met in Skagway in 1998. They recorded their first album, “Coupe de Villa,” in 2001 in Whitehorse; next was Down’s solo album, “When a Wrong Turns Right,” in 2003 in Ireland; and then came their second collaboration, “Break This Record,” in 2007 in Memphis.

“Out There Somewhere,” released Feb. 18, is their third collaborative release.

In the album’s liner notes, Washington Post music critic Geoffrey Himes said of the pair: “...it is clear that this is a classic male-guitarist-and-female-vocalist duo in the tradition of Buddy & Julie Miller, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks, Charlie & Inez Foxx and Ike & Tina Turner. There are echoes of all those antecedents in the way Deering and Down play off one another — her bell-like soprano against his left-of-center guitar, her hymn-like yearning against his gritty realism.”

The first song on the album, called “Been a Lot of Rain,” was inspired in part by Deering and Down’s experiences in Southeast; they still spend their summers here, with Down performing in Skagway and Deering helping her mother Joan run Paradise Bakery.

“Out There Somewhere” is available at Paradise Bakery or online through iTunes, Amazon, or CDBaby.com.

For more information, visit deeringanddown.com

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