We’ve got a big run of shows across the country coming up. Check it out, and spread the word
We made a long-form video of our album Start Somewhere in its entirety, featuring lyrics and footage from the road. It might just be the best way to listen to the album… check it out!
We’re excited to open a pair of shows for platinum-selling artist Howie Day (hits include “Collide” and “She Says”). Howie’s on the road again with a sweet new record, and we’ll be doing a short string of shows with him in Colorado before heading down to the Albuquerque Folk Fest with fellow AZ folk/bluegrass five-piece Run Boy Run. Sounds like a fun week!
6/3 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up – w/ Howie Day
6/4 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove – w/ Howie Day
6/6 – Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Folk Fest – w/ Run Boy Run
We are happy to announce our partnership with Fed By Threads Organics in producing some brand new Ryanhood T-shirts!
Why these shirts are awesome (and you should buy one):
- Made in America in sweatshop-free factories
- Every shirt uses organic & sustainable materials
- Every shirt feeds 12 emergency meals to hungry Americans via food banks
- Quite possibly the most comfortable shirt we’ve ever worn
Visit our online store and pick up a shirt today while we still have your size!
Our song I Didn’t Put Anything Into Your Place appeared in a recent episode of the television show The Fosters on ABC Family. You can read more about the episode, and where it appears here.
On March 15th, Ryan will be playing a special show in Tucson with a new acoustic instrumental trio he’s a part of. Click the flier for more details.
Want to know how to play the Ryanhood song “Gardens and the Graves”? You’re in luck! Here’s a video tutorial by Cameron Hood.
The Ryanhood Photo Archive has undergone a MASSIVE update! Want to see pictures of the very first Ryanhood concert, in which Cameron performed in shorts? Want to see us backstage rehearsing with Glen Phillips from Toad The Wet Sprocket? Want to see if there’s a picture of YOU standing there watching us street perform at Quincy Market? Start digging, it’s all there!
Check out this special performance of Always Love You (from the album After Night Came Sun) recorded on June 8th, 2014 at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood!
We are thrilled to have been named the "Best Group/Duo" in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards for our song, "Sickbed Symphony"!
Click here to view all of the winners.
Jan 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed – more info
Jan 30 – Denver, CO @ The Walnut Room – more info
Jan 31 – Albuquerque, NM @ Outpost Performance Space – more info
Feb 1 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Firecreek Coffee House – more info
Feb 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom – more info
Feb 24 – Boston, MA @ Club Passim – more info
Feb 25 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall – more info
Feb 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Burlap and Bean – more info
Feb 27 – Lewiston, ME @ Bates College – private show
Feb 28 – North Adams, MA @ DPAC – more info
Mar 1 – Independence, MO @ Main Street Coffee House – more info
Apr 12 – Tucson, AZ @ Harlow Gardens – more info
On their fifth album—and after a few years of struggling with various obstacles—Cameron Hood and Ryan Green have pressed the refresh button.
And the opening track, “Red Line Reel,” acts as something of an introduction to the latest phase of the Tucson-based duo’s career. The spritely 1 1/2-minute instrumental track has the quality of a classic Leo Kottke composition, pastoral and intricate.
This leads into “How to Let It Go,” which unflinchingly confronts emotions such as jealousy, anxiety and hubris. Hood and Green purge such debilitating feelings, embrace being themselves and rediscover their artistic voices. Touchy-feely, sure, but Ryanhood bring a convincing intimacy to the song by placing it in the context of their trademark acoustic folk-pop sound, which will remind some listeners of the work of Dan Fogelberg and Simon & Garfunkel.
Speaking of sentimental, “Sickbed Symphony” allows a father to give death-bed advice to his sons, in the form of a musical metaphor, but Hood’s vocal delivery brings an affecting authenticity. Throughout, they play furiously together. Green’s melodic leads and solos often provide the highlights, such as on the glowing instrumental “Dillinger Days.”
-Gene Armstrong, Tucson Weekly
We spent our day signing and shipping copies of the new album out today. Order your signed copy of Start Somewhere and one of these beauties could be yours :-)
As you’ve probably noticed, things have been kind of quiet in the Ryanhood camp for the past couple of years. We come bearing good news: the quiet is ending. But before the big reveal, we feel like we owe you all an explanation for our absence. So, here’s the rest of the story…
It was 2009. We’d been going hard as a band for about 6 years, doing a ton of college touring behind our record Forward, doing some dates with Jason Mraz, and we were poised to make the leap to bigger and broader audiences. And by the looks of things, it was going to happen. We were finally about to release The World Awaits, after three long years shuttling back and forth between LA and Tucson working with a grammy-winning producer. We won a contest to open for Kelly Clarkson and Jay-Z at Arizona STADIUM, in front of a projected audience of 17,000 people! For fun, we wrote a song for Ellen, and she heard it, and sent out a tweet, which led to her staff calling us about appearing on the show! We reached out to some major artist management firms and they were impressed with our track record and momentum and agreed to meet with us to discuss management!
Then, piece by piece, the house of cards fell. Some unexpected developments led to our having to go $10,000 in debt at the last minute to release our CD. At the stadium gig, we started our set on time, but the doors opened late, and we only ended up playing to a few hundred people (we’d beefed up our merchandise for what we thought would be an audience of 17,000 and as a result, went another $6,000 into merchandise debt). The Ellen Show replaced most of their staff during a filming break, and when we followed up with them at the appointed time, no one on her staff knew who we were. We travelled the country and met with all of those management firms, presenting our “business plan”, trying to convince them we were worth believing in. One by one, they each passed on us.
It was really depressing. Not what we expected. It seemed as if everything we’d been working for was for nothing. We wrote an album about it called After Night Came Sun, and many would call it our darkest. About life falling apart, losing the meaning, dreams burning down. We thought the album was a sign of our re-emergence, but really it was more of a last gasp. In heavy debt, unable to land a manager or a booking agent, feeling like no one believed in us, we essentially stopped believing in ourselves. We took a rare gig here or there, primarily to pay down our debt, but mostly, we sat in silence, grieving our dreams, feeling like maybe we didn’t really have much of value to offer.
What we were too foolish or maybe selfish to see was that there were people out there who did believe in us, who did find meaning or joy in what we do… and if you’ve read this far, you might possibly be one of those people. And for that we THANK YOU so truly. Forgive us for taking you for granted.
But most significantly, we feel we learned something critical about who we are. We learned that we are artists who make art, singers who sing. That we are only fully alive when we are writing and singing and creating. Whatever comes as the result of the art we make is not up to us. Our purpose is just to be who we are and play what we play, to anyone who wants to look and listen.
It’s now the 10 year anniversary of our very first album, Sad and Happiness. 10 years since we played on the streets of Boston. 10 years since we walked home in the rain and talked about our dreams.
So. Here we are. Getting back up. Starting over again. But with a new sense of gratitude for every ear that will listen.
We proudly present to you, our newest album, Start Somewhere.
Please buy it, and share it. We are singing to you.
In honor of the Halloween season, here is a blast from our past. Occasionally, Ryanhood disappears and these carnivaleros show up instead.
¡Presentando Los Guapos del Norte!