Rev. Neil Down and Lahna Deering rock with their band during a CD release party at the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis on Feb. 18. Behind the duo from left are Leroy Hodges, Lannie McMillan, Marc Franklin, and Charles Hodges. Photo by Lisa Mac

Deering and Down release new album in Memphis


By KATIE EMMETS
The Southeast rock-and-soul band with Skagway roots released its third album last month.
On Febuary 18, Deering and Down celebrated Out There Somewhere with a celebration that attracted more than 300 people and featured artists from the Memphis music scene.
The duo recorded Out There Somewhere at Memphis’s Royal Studio where stars such as Al Green, Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart and John Mayer recorded. Producer Willie Mitchell, owner of Royal Studio, added horn arrangements and mixing to the new Deering and Down album.
Memphis has been the birthplace and inspiration for many music icons because of the many genres that culminate in the Tennessee city, and it is the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.
"We love this record," Deering said. "It's unlike anything we've done before. With all the Memphis musicians supporting it, the finished product is just wonderful."
Washington Post music critic Georffrey Himes said Out There Somewhere “captures Deering and Down’s exhilarating live show without sacrificing the one-on-one chemistry at the heart of their soul.”
According to a press release, Been a Lot of Rain, the first song on the album, was partially inspired by the artists’ time in Southeast Alaska’s rainforest.
The musical pair has been known to play in Skagway at least once a year, as Down lives in Skagway during the summer, and Deering lives in Juneau and helps her mother, Joan Deering, run Paradise Bakery and Café in Juneau.
Joan held a reception at Paradise Bakery and Café on the day of the album release, and although they were in Memphis, Deering and Down were able to attend via Skype.
According to the press release Gold Town Nickelodeon, a Juneau movie theater, played a music video this month featuring one of the songs from Deering and Down’s new album called “Linda McCabe.” The short film, directed by James Sposto, aired on March 2.

Back Country Bash kicks off with film competition
The Back Country Bash is seeking entries for the fourth annual Winter Film Competition that promotes and encourages outdoor winter spots enjoyment. If you’re outside playing or just enjoying the cold, your entry is eligibl. There is no restriction on mode of transport.
• Film submissions need to be short 5-15 minutes.
• Emphasize outdoor winter content virtual or real.
• Content needs to be suitable for the general public.
• Amateur filmmakers are eligible for prizes, pros welcome to submit films as well.
Films will be judged for outdoor winter content, editing, creativity, and music/ voice track.
All films must be in DVD format. Please include two copies; submissions must be received by March 14 to be eligible for awards. The films will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on March 16 during the weekend kick-off at AB Hall.
Mail submissions to: The Mountain Shop, PO Box 601 Skagway AK. 99840, or deliver to the shop at 355 4th Ave. For more information contact : packer@aptalaska.net