Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra) w/ Ryanhood - 11/8Thursday, November 08 2018 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
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Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra) w/ Ryanhood - 11/8
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Kevin Griffin made his professional debut in 1995 as the singer and songwriter for New Orleans- based band Better Than Ezra. Their debut record, Deluxe, went double-platinum fueled in part by the success of the #1 Modern Rock track “Good.” The band's follow up record, Friction Ba- by, went Gold and contained two Top 10 Modern Rock tracks followed by another Top 10 Hit in 2001 with the single “Extra Ordinary.” In 2005, Better Than Ezra had a Top 10 Hot AC hit with "Juicy" which was not only licensed by several commercials and brands but also featured in the promotional advertisements for the popular ABC television series Desperate Housewives. Better Than Ezra’s most recent song, “Breathless,” was covered by Taylor Swift at the Hope for Haiti telethon and during her world wide tour.
In 2006, Griffin branched into writing for other artists and soon scored a #1 hit with Howie Day's "Collide." Most recently, he has written and produced for a variety of artists in Rock, Pop, and Country. In 2010, Griffin had Sugarland's #1 Country hit, "Stuck Like Glue" which according to Yahoo Music! became the 11th most downloaded country music song of all time. Since then, Griffin has penned singles for David Cook, James Blunt, Augustana, and Tristan Prettyman. Other cuts include songs written and produced for artists such as Missy Higgins, Train, Blondie, Shinedown, The Rouge, Get Scared, Daniel Powter, Josh Radin, Brendan James and more. To date, Griffin has produced, written, and co-written albums and songs that have sold in excess of 30 million copies.
Kevin recently re-located from Los Angeles to Nashville where he continues writing and produc- ing in his newly built studio in the bucolic hills of Franklin, TN.
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 800 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 radio heaven.”
And their star is still on the rise. They were recently named the “Discovery of the Year” by John Platt at WFUV New York City, and were a featured act at Australia’s National Folk Festival in April 2018. Their 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 Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).