MEET JACK RYAN
Jack Ryan was born in Clemson, South Carolina. While in South Carolina, Jack was the guitar and mandolin protege of Jimmy Rogers, who was known as the Godfather of Music and the fastest guitar player in the southeast. Jack was also the five-string banjo protege of Charles Wood, who won the National Banjo Championship five years in a row and also served as actor Steve Martin’s banjo teacher. Jack was also the plectrum banjo protege of Benjamin Johnson IV, who was the star pupil of Perry Bechtel, the number one four-string banjo player and number three guitar player in the world during the first half of the 20th century.
While Jack’s background is a mix between Jazz and Bluegrass, he is also well versed in Blues, Country, Rock and Roll, Metal, Classical, and Pop music.
Throughout 2010 and 2011, Jack’s band was a featured artist on The Vans Warped Tour. In addition to The Vans Warped Tour, Jack has opened for artists such as Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Sister Hazel, Paramore, Needtobreathe, and Hawthorne Heights.
In 2013, Jack moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became the house guitar player for many of Nashville’s world-famous honky tonks including Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, Honky Tonk Central, Second Fiddle, The Stage, The Valentine, and Paradise Park. During this time, Jack became known as having the “Fastest Fingers on Broadway” as dubbed by Twilight’s Taylor Lautner. While in Nashville, Jack played on stage and toured with Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley, The Swon Brothers, Hank Williams III, Rhonda Vincent, and Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers. Jack Ryan’s band was the featured band for Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan’s private CMA Party in 2016.
Jack’s experience includes: 17 years playing music and 11 years teaching experience with over 5,500 former students. Jack plays and teaches acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, violin/fiddle, viola, cello, upright bass, electric bass, five-string banjo, plectrum, banjo, tenor banjo, ukulele, dobro, lap steel guitar, accordion, piano, and drums.
His qualifications include a well-trained ear, an extensive knowledge of music theory, and the ability to read, write, and transpose notation for all instruments. Jack Ryan is also a producer and recording engineer. He has owned, worked, and recorded in over 100 full-production recording studios throughout the southeast.
Jack has now recorded his entire album at his own professional recording studio located at Jack Ryan Music. He wrote, sang, played every instrument, recorded, and produced every aspect of the album. The album is Jack's very first solo album so he is very excited to share it with all of his friends, family, neighbors, and students. The album is called 'Struggle.' It was released on March 2, 2019.