“DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR.”
– John Platt, WFUV (NYC)
Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than a thousand shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade, and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and many more.
And, their star is still on the rise. Ryanhood was recently named the “Discovery of the Year” by John Platt at WFUV in New York City, and was a featured act at Australia’s National Folk Festival in 2018.
Their latest album Under the Leaves, sees the pair’s lead guitarist Ryan David Green stepping into the role of sole producer, weaving a tapestry of lush strings and rich harmonies. The album, like their shows, is driven by strong acoustic guitar performances and is at turns energetic, hopeful, and quietly moving—a musical invitation to breathe, and to soak in a river of melodies and harmonic hooks.
Cameron Hood, the band’s primary lyricist, has waded into those musical rivers with dream-like verses about seeds and forests, breath and wind, and the cycles and seasons that frame our lives. Throughout the album’s songs, a question is asked: How do we create meaningful and lasting change in a world filled with division and turmoil? The offer on Under the Leaves is to slow down and face the one thing we have the power to change - ourselves - as the duo sings on the album’s second track, “the only revolution is the one within.”
Green and Hood currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, Arizona, 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).
"Discovery of the year . . . Fabulous harmonies and awesome musical chops."
— John Platt, WFUV New York City
"Ridiculously engaging with a brainy intellectualism not often seen in a pop song. . . . Ryan’s acoustic guitarwork creates a steady and solid foundation for Cameron’s lyrics to shine."
— American Songwriter Magazine
“Green and Hood expertly weave pop-sensible tracks that ride the alternative folk wave straight into a medley of musical influences.”
“A hopped up and rocking Milk Carton Kids.”
— Americana UK
"The duo’s rock roots are evident in their high-energy performances but their music taps into contemporary folk and pop too, showcasing tight vocal harmonies as much as instrumental interplay."
— Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“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
“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
"Acoustic fusion aces Ryanhood offer an all-natural shot in the arm with Under the Leaves...Mixing bluegrass speed, jam-ready melodies, and pop-rocking forward momentum, two guys with guitars challenge decades of easy-listening 'rules.'”
— Nashville Lifestyle
“Ryanhood’s sound falls somewhere in between rock and folk, characterized by stirring harmonies and world class musicianship.”
“Certain to put a spring in your step and bring a smile to your face!”
— Ukulele Magazine
"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."
“This Tucson, AZ duo really knows how to get your feet tapping while delivering a genuine message about internal reflection.”
— The Indy Review
"Ryanhood have continuously honed their harmonies and melodies to a place where they exude an effortlessness that only comes with endless hours of work."
"True showmanship . . . They consistently deliver an amazing live performance."
— CD Blender
“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