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    Duo returns home

    Robin Hood took from the rich and gave to the poor; Ryanhood just plays music.

    On April 4 at 7p.m., Ryanhood will be performing at the Rialto Theater to celebrate their latest CD release, The World Awaits, and everyone who attends will receive a free copy.

    Ryanhood is inspired by bands like Coldplay, U2, Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles. Band members Ryan Green and Cameron Hood call their style, “”acoustic rock with lots of harmonies and acoustic melodies.””

    Before becoming Ryanhood, Green and Hood first got their feet wet in high school by playing in separate bands and competing in local competitions such as Battle of the Bands in Tucson.

    “”In a lot of ways we grew up in front of the Tucson community. We have been working really hard to come back and play for Tucson again,”” said Hood.

    Ryanhood now has a much more professional background to talk about. They have toured with platinum-selling artist Jason Mraz and opened for the Plain White T’s. Their upcoming album, The World Awaits, was produced by Grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth, who set the bar much higher for Green and Hood.

    “”We previously recorded all of our own stuff, but by working with Ross Hogarth, we had the pleasure for amazing musicians to be a part of our record recording,”” Green said.

    The band has also matured lyrically since their start as street performers in Massachusetts. In the past, the band was accused of playing only love songs.

    “”Our subject matter is much deeper. We try to write about issues of doubt, faith, and who I am in this world and how do I interact with it in a good way,”” said Hood.

    By opening for musicians with bigger names, Ryanhood strives for fans to have a personal and interactive experience at their shows even when sound issues arise.

    “”The sound has gone out a few times this year while we have been playing. Because we play acoustic we had to sing really loud to the audience, but the audience really connected with us. In events like this, the show ends up being better than if the sound hadn’t failed,”” said Hood.

    Despite there only being two of them, the show will not lack spirit.

    “”The show should be really entertaining, upbeat and a generally fun affair,”” said Green.

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