We're hitting the road again this August, including a stop at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (where we were voted 'Most Wanted Act'last year!) Full details on all of the performances at ryanhood.com/shows.
We're honored to officially partner with D'Addario, whose guitar strings we've used for many many years. We grew up seeing our favorite guitarists in posters and magazine ads for D'Addario strings, and now, to become official D'Addario artists ourselves is somewhat surreal. For those who are curious, Ryan plays EXP12s on his guitar and EXP75s on his mandolin, while Cameron uses EJ17s on his guitar and EJ88Ts on his ukulele.
We're honored to be featured in the Sep 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The article explores the ways in which acoustic duos approach composing and arranging for two guitars. Here's a short snippet from the article:
“If you’re playing a second guitar part, a good question to ask is, will it be missed if it’s not there?” says Green. “You know you’ve come up with something good, something essential, when a song begins to hinge on your contribution, your additional voicings.”
We are honored to have been named "Discovery of the Year" by WFUV's John Platt, who described us as "Two totally talented guys from Arizona, with fabulous harmonies and awesome musical chops." Thanks John!
We're thrilled to be making a trip Down Under for the first time to play an exclusive set at Australia's award-winning National Folk Festival. A five-day celebration of music, song and dance plus circus, spoken word and film, it's held in an idyllic village setting with roving entertainers, street circus, and stages of all sizes. We'll be accompanied by more than 200 international and national acts such as Greek legends Chrysoula K. & Púrpura, Serbia and the UK’s Faith i Branko and British contemporary bluegrass quintet Flats and Sharps. You can find tickets and more info via the festival’s website.
Our new album, On Christmas, is officially released into the world! Tucson Lifestyle had this to say: "At once catchy and yet profound, On Christmas explores a full range of emotions and material, providing ample opportunity for fans to discover new holiday classics." And you can read a wonderful review of the album at For Folk's Sake here.
Perfect for listening while hanging decorations, sipping tea, or driving to grandma's house, you can find it at Bandcamp (our preference), iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify. And for a limited time, everything in the online store is 20% off with the code "holidays"! This includes our new beanies and journals as well as CDs and t-shirts.
We were named "Best Folk "in the 2017 Best of Tucson Awards. Whether they mean we're good at music, or just socially hospitable, we're honored either way! Additionally, we were first voted runner up for "Best Music Group", behind the legendary and mighty Calexico. Thanks for the love Tucson!
We're honored to have been selected to play the Grassy Hill / Emerging Artists Stage at the 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Among the Northeast’s most popular music festivals, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, takes place August 4-6 at Dodds Farm on Route 7D in Hillsdale, New York. The festival features dozens of artists performing on several stages, a dance tent, children’s music and activities, and a wide array of crafts, food and other vendors.
The video for Surrounding Dillinger—a collaboration between Ryanhood and the Artifact Dance Project which debuted to rave reviews in March 2017—is finally here. The Arizona Daily Star says: "It’s contemporary dance. It’s theater. It’s a concert. And it is, simply, astounding." Ryan David Green and Cameron Hood are joined onstage by Ryan Alfred on bass, Paul Jenkins on piano and vocals, and Nadim Shehab on drums.
Alex Italics (who has directed several music videos for They Might Be Giants) created a stunning music video for our song 'Is This The Time of Our Lives?'. Shot entirely on 8mm film, we couldn't be more impressed with how well it embodies the message of the song. Check out the premier over at For Folk's Sake now!
The official music video for Alright Tonight has just premiered over at PopMatters. The video is a collaboration with photographer Taylor Noel, whose 'Passing Faces' photo project includes highly candid, conversational portraits taken during long-form interviews where the subjects (including us) talk openly about daring to discover and reveal who we are underneath the clothing of our personalities. Check out the video here!
The Bluegrass Situation premiered the brand new music video for our song Embers off of our new album Yearbook. They said, "With 'Embers', Ryanhood has a simple message: enjoy the moment and be present." Check out the video here!
WTBQ's (93.5FM NY) Hootenanny Cafe Mini Concerts feature an artist every Sunday. Unlike most sets that offer one or two songs from a particular artist, this features one artist for a complete set. This is a great way for aficionados of folk music, bluegrass, contemporary singer songwriters, etc to hear some of today's exciting artists and really get an idea of what an artist is all about. The Hootenanny Cafe airs every Sunday at 8PM (est) on WTBQ. We are excited to be the featured artist for this Sunday's Mini Concert (4/2/17). You can stream the set online at www.wtbq.com and also during the week at radionowhere903.com.
Surrounding Dillinger, a collaboration between Ryanhood and the Artifact Dance Project opened to rave reviews. The Arizona Daily Star says: "It’s contemporary dance. It’s theater. It’s a concert. And it is, simply, astounding." Read the full review here.
We're excited to announce our very first venture into the world of modern dance and live theatre with a brand new production called, "Surrounding Dillinger." The show is a modern story ballet choreographed and danced by Tucson's premiere collaborative dance company, Artifact Dance Project, with Ryanhood performing original music live onstage throughout the show. Here's the story:
Hardened by a decade-long prison sentence for a minor offense, a newly-released John Dillinger assembles a likable but deadly gang of criminals to help him steal back the life he lost in a dazzling series of depression-era bank robberies. But with the newly-formed FBI hot on his trail and the shadows of his past closing in around him, Dillinger must make the ultimate getaway or lose everything, and everyone, he has come to love the most. In collaboration with musical folk-duo Ryanhood, Artifact Dance Project brings the story of Tucson’s favorite gangster into stark creative focus live on stage with "Surrounding Dillinger," playing March 23 - March 26 at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.
Since this is a completely different type of show than we've done before, we'll explain how it's going to work. Without any spoken dialogue, Artifact will portray the events and relationships surrounding John Dillinger’s storied bank robbing career through dance, gesture, and movement, while we will "narrate" the inner worlds of the characters through our lyrics and songs. The show is made up of about half pre-existing Ryanhood songs including "Welcome You Into My Head," "Second City," "Mature," and of course, "Dillinger Days." And to create the rest of the show we wrote a series of variations around the show's torch song, "I Only Want The Same Things," reinvented a long-lost song called "Heart on Holiday", and borrowed several songs from some of our favorite local artists including Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls, Sweet Ghosts, and Ryan's solo project, The Great Collision.
Cameron co-wrote the show with Artifact's lead choreographer/artistic director Ashley Bowman, and the pair are also co-directing. Ryan is on board as musical director, and the show will run for four consecutive live performances at UA's Stevie Eller Dance Theatre March 23-26. Tickets are available at www.artifactdanceproject.org
International pop-culture magazine PopMatters took the time to review our latest album, Yearbook. Here's what they had to say: "Hood and Green expertly weave pop-sensible tracks that ride the alternative folk wave straight into a medley of musical influences... a compelling installment from the Tucsonans." Check out the full review here!
For Folk's Sake (a UK-based website that covers folk, country and roots music) did a pretty wide-ranging interview with us, discussing our past, present, and of course, our new album Yearbook! Check it out here.
Recorded over the past year and half in bedrooms, living rooms, hotel rooms, and green rooms, we proudly present Yearbook, a collection of songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time. Filled with two-part vocal harmonies, and decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, it’s an exploration of our collective scrapbooks, looking at the universal experiences of where we each come from, and who we choose to be in the world as a result.
Physical copies are available for purchase through Bandcamp, and the digital album is available to download via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Stay tuned for video premieres of each of the songs in the coming weeks.