We're thrilled to be opening up for Kevin Griffin at his upcoming City Winery shows in New York City, Washington DC, and Atlanta. Kevin is the frontman for the band Better Than Ezra, and has penned countless hits for other artists as well. But on top of all of that, he's one of the most-fun artists we've ever had the pleasure of playing with (we had the honor for opening up for him in Denver in 2016). Check the shows page for details and ticket links!
We are Official Showcase Artists at the 2018 FAR-West (Folk Alliance Region West) Conference in Woodland Hills, CA. We will also be playing a few late night 'guerilla' showcases as well. Hope to see some old friends at the conference, and look forward to meeting new ones!
With our previous album, Start Somewhere, we found that listening to a whole album while reading the lyrics was actually a wonderful way to experience a record. So following in those footsteps, we're proud to present the long form YouTube video for Yearbook.
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!