There are few who can lay claim to being well versed in such a range of instruments as the pedal steel guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin and guitar; Milo Deering is one of those few.
Milo began playing when he was eight years old. His parents, both self taught musicians, gave him lessons on piano, ukulele and harmonica. He played guitar in various local bands throughout his junior and high school years. Following graduation he began a study of classical guitar under Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. Milo taught privately for fifteen years while learning to also play pedal steel guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Milo’s affinity for his native home of Little Rock, Arkansas and adopted home of Dallas, Texas is apparent in his musical style. Strongly influenced by a variety of music including traditional country, bluegrass and western swing, Milo’s gifted hand can be heard on many singer’s and songwriter’s albums, most notably Lee Ann Rimes, Jack Ingram, Steve Holy, Trout Fishing in America and Slim Whitman. Milo has appeared as a member of Blue Country (Ms. Rimes band) on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Grammy Awards, David Letterman, The Billboard Music Awards, Nashville Now, The TNN Awards and The View. As a member of Jack Ingram’s “Beat Up Ford Band”, he has appeared on Austin City Limits and was immortalized (albeit briefly) in the Sandra Bullock film Hope Floats.
As well as being the consummate session musician, Milo is also a creative talent in his own right. Working with Tom Faulkner Productions, he co-wrote and played the famous Motel 6 radio jingle (We’ll leave the light on for you!”) for which he received a Clio award. He wrote the score for the National Geographic special, The Snow Monkeys of Texas and has recorded several solo albums including the western-swing influenced, Swing That Music! and Milo Deering’s All Acoustic Christmas Jam Volumes 1 & 2. Milo has also collaborated with his singer/songwriter wife, Rachel, in their band, Ghostown, and released the CD, Rachel Goetz & Ghostown, to much critical acclaim. Together they performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival and received the coveted invitation to perform at the South by Southwest Music Conference two consecutive years.
Milo currently writes for several music production companies and his original compositions and arrangements are regularly featured on National Geographic, Good Morning America, Southern Living Presents, The Simple Life, The Ricki Lake Show and Celebrity Homes, among many others. He also collaborates with many singer/songwriters as both producer and multi-instrumentalist on CDs produced in the Acoustic Kitchen studio.
Milo is blessed with a tranquil disposition – unless you care to challenge him to a tennis match. He is husband and business partner to his wife of 21 years, Rachel. A true family man, he loves time spent with his three daughters, Joanna, Scarlett and Savannah.
Milo Builds a Song - Turkey in the Straw
Milo Plays "Raisin the Dickens" on Pedal Steel