Tucson natives Cameron Hood and Ryan Green constitute Ryanhood, a duo that has garnered a faithful following across the country largely via college and university gigs. On Friday, April 21, Ryanhood, along with The Year of Acceleration, inaugurate Hotel Congress' Outdoor Concert Series at an all-ages show starting at 6 p.m.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Hood: Green Day, Mesa Amphitheatre. Someone threw a boot at Mike Dirnt. It hit. It hurt. They were done.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Hood: Switchfoot, Nothing Is Sound; Derek Webb, Mockingbird; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers audio CD; demo mixes from the new Ryanhood CD. Green: D'Gary, Mbo Loza (Madagascan guitar genius I just found out about); 92.9 The Mountain Live in Studio C; 5ft2, Live at KXCI; Bruce Hornsby, Hot House.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Green: 300-plus CDs.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Hood: I buy from iTunes. Though sometimes Ryan's got a CD, and I borrow it ...
What was the first album you owned?
Hood: Boyz II Men, Cooleyhighharmony. It's so hard to say goodbye to Boyz II Men. No wait, it was an old Star Wars episode on a 45. ... Am I that old? Green: On cassette, I think it was Boston (self-titled). However, my first CD was MC Hammer, Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Hood: How about U2, "Where the Streets Have No Name," then Tom Petty's "Wildflowers," then singing and salsa dancing and a guacamole-eating contest. Green: "Flying" by The Beatles.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Green: In high school, I used to listen to almost exclusively progressive rock. I still listen to my old Dream Theater albums on long flights--it gives my brain a better workout than a crossword puzzle.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Hood: U2 were honest, emotional, epic and overblown. Preachy, perhaps. I know Bono's got a big mouth, but he walks the walk.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Hood: Midnight Oil, Earth and Sun and Moon. Green: Naturally, Too High to Die by Meat Puppets.