Well, we just don’t get much more excited than when we get to see our old buddies Lahna and Rev, better known to the music world as Deering & Down. We’ve been listening to their smoky, rockabilly jams for years and have caught many late night sessions with them in hotel rooms in downtown Memphis during The Folk Alliance International.
We’ve been wanting to invite them down to Ardent to record for a while, but have been waiting on the perfect opportunity. Now, with the release of their new album Out There Somewhere and their CD release party tonight at The Hi-Tone, we’ve found the perfect excuse!
Check out our interview with them as we talk about Memphis, working with Willie Mitchell and living in a different time – then get gussied up and head out to see them tonight. It’s going to be quite a show!
As fate would have it, Canadian born chanteuse Lahna Deering found her way up North to Alaska, where she met and befriended rock and roll journeyman Rev Neil Down. The merging of Deering’s strong belt-it-out voice, and Down’s “left of center” guitar playing was just the beginning of their creative kinship. The last few years have found Deering and Down immersed in the muddy browns and Blues of Memphis and the Mighty Mississippi River. This, along with the occasional forays back to Alaska and Canada has allowed them to expand their experience while remaining in touch with their original roots where they had the whole Aurora Borealis palate to work with. Together their music fuses a smoky Memphis flavor cast in a glow of shimmering northern light.