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Named “BEST GROUP/DUO” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that Ryan Green and Cameron Hood were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would soon name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”
The two first met in high school, where they were separated not just by a grade (Hood being a year older) but by a respectful rivalry between their two rock bands. Hood and Green would face off annually in the Battle Of The Bands, and although Hood’s band would ultimately win two out of the three competitions, Green managed to impress him and the rest of the school with his abilities on the guitar, which would ultimately earn him a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Cameron enrolled as an art student at the University of Arizona, and they started what they would call “a long-distance musical relationship”, mailing each other minidiscs of new song ideas and getting together during academic breaks to rehearse and perform. Within weeks of graduating college, Cameron took a leap of faith and moved to Boston to join Ryan. Determined to make a living as musicians, Ryanhood became full-time street performers at Boston’s historic Quincy Market where they developed a rapport with audiences that has become a hallmark of their shows.
They soon took this high-energy, highly-interactive street-performers approach to the college market, where they quickly became one of the most popular bands on the circuit, playing upwards of 130 college dates a year. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.”
They would go on to tour with Jason Mraz, record an album with grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth, share stages with Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and Lifehouse, and even get tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres. Ryanhood has collectively performed more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states, where their cross-generational sound has been equally at home in colleges, coffee-houses, concert halls, churches, and living rooms.
And now, twelve years after their street start, Ryanhood’s star is still on the rise as they were named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMAs). Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, released on March 3, 2017, and has been described as ““nestled in a great pocket, feeling all at once focused on storytelling and intimacy while not being afraid to wield a big musical stick” by For Folk’s Sake.
They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).
Press for Ryanhood:
“Discovery of the year… fabulous harmonies and awesome musical chops.”
– John Platt, WFUV New York City
“Green and Hood expertly weave pop-sensible tracks that ride the alternative folk wave straight into a medley of musical influences. ”
“The pair create indie folk with a bit of bounce, but don’t let the feel-good attitude in the music distract you from the seriously dexterous guitar work.”
“The duo’s rock roots are evident in their high-energy performances and especially in the guitar work of Green… [but] their music taps into contemporary folk and pop too, showcasing tight vocal harmonies as much as instrumental interplay.”
– Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“There were touches of the magic that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel capture so flawlessly.”
– Raleigh Music
“Nestled in a great pocket, feeling all at once focused on storytelling and intimacy while not being afraid to wield a big musical stick.”
– For Folk’s Sake
“Powerfully genuine… Tracks that convey positive messages of hope, acceptance, change, growth, and a better understanding of life’s lessons. Ryanhood should be applauded for having the courage and sense of self to be so open-hearted in a hard, cruel world.”
– Zocalo Magazine
“Hood’s vocal delivery brings an affecting authenticity. Throughout, they play furiously together and Green’s melodic leads and solos often provide the highlights. Their trademark acoustic folk-pop sound will remind some listeners of the work of Dan Fogelberg and Simon & Garfunkel.”
– Tucson Weekly
“The band seems like a match made in radio heaven. Ryanhood got a standing ovation after its act opening for pop star Jason Mraz. Cameron Hood and Ryan Green, armed with finger-flying acoustic-guitar solos, vocal harmonies and crowd-pleasing banter, easily won over the audience of more than 1,500.”
– Arizona Daily Star
“A heartfelt slice of hook-heavy, folk-laced pop, complete with introspective musings and lush instrumentals.”
– Daily Wildcat
“Green’s songs with Hood, at this point, have the synergy that mostly comes from musicians who have known each other for a good deal of their lives growing together as artists. ”
– Queen City Sound
“Enough pop to be radio hits and enough folk that it’s still cool to listen to them.”
– The Anchorage Press
“One of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”
– Campus Activities Magazine
“Ryanhood took stage at 8 p.m. Consisting of two guitars and two guys in ties, this band won the crowd by 8:02. Receiving a standing ovation, I think Ryanhood will be this generation’s new mix of Simon and Garfunkel, America, and U2.”
– Idaho State Journal