Chase The Sun
“Sometimes a trio comes along and impresses with their sheer power, dexterity and originality…”
Since forming in 2006, bluesy rock trio Chase The Sun have gone hard and got a lot done in a short time, spending no time amassing widespread critical acclaim for their soul-tinged song writing, blues sensibilities and the powerhouse live delivery of guitar star-on-the-rise Jan Rynsaardt. Combining elements of old-school acoustic blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan boogie, hillbilly finger picking and Hendrix flash; three-piece Chase The Sun crank out a new take on a classic sound.
Jan (rhymes with Yarn) Rynsaardt, whose indisputable talent has earned him a reputation among the Australian blues fraternity, has been strumming strings since the age of 7 and was into the heavy guitar sounds of AC/DC and Metallica since the first grade.
“I was playing all sorts of stuff through school but when I heard Joe Satriani, that’s when I knew I wanted to be a guitar player” recalls Rynsaardt of his 20-year focus. Satriani lead to Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan who took Rynsaardt back to the blues. “Stevie Ray pushed me in an early direction: back to the blues masters like BB King, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter”.
In 2003 Jan formed his own band Rynsaardt later known as Freeway bringing his hard-rock blues approach to Sydney audiences. Freeway toured right around Australia and shared stages with some of the biggest names in the blues and roots scene, including Jeff Lang, Ian Moss and John Butler.
However it was a US tour in mid 2006, taking in LA, Denver, across the North West to Pennsylvania and New York City, that yielded major highlights as Rynsaardt experienced his heroes up close. “At the Playing With Fire festival in Omaha, Nebraska we got to share the bill with guys like Walter Trout and other huge names in the blues guitar world”.
In Chase The Sun, Jan is joined by Ryan Van Gennip who has held down bass duties for Diana Anaid, Charlton Hill, Sandrine and iota; and drummer Jon “Howler” Howell, a solid multi-genre player who rose to prominence with Leonardo’s Bride and has been in high demand since.