Named Best Group/Duo in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, Ryanhood (Ryan Green and Cameron Hood) got their first break morethan a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. Spotted there by a college booking agent, they were thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them one of themost requested acts by college buyers all across the country. They’ve since gone on to perform more than 1000 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train,and many more. 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 radioheaven.” And their star is still on the rise. They were recently named the Discovery of the Year by noted radio DJ John Platt at WFUV in New York City and Most Wanted Artist at 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. They were also a featured act at Australia’s National Folk Festival in April 2018. Ryanhood’s sixth and newest album, Yearbook, is led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson MusicAwards including Best Folk Band and Best Rock Band. Meghan Cary didn’tmean to be a musician. When her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked uphis guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critics Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote mygrief into song, and sang my way out of the abyss. I keep making music tohelp others connect with their own stories and find their joy,” she says. Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Carylaunched back onto the scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded an Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing garner favorable comparisons toMelissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, and even Bruce Springsteen.
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