The Homemade Jamz Blues Band is a family-based 3-piece combo hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, consisting of 15-year old Ryan Perry on vocals and lead guitar along with 13-year old brother Kyle on bass guitar and 9-year old sister Taya on drums. That makes a combined total of 37 years, but what emerges is suggestive of a grouping whose average age is 37. A recent excursion to Southside Shuffle Bluesfest in Port Credit, Ontario had me impressed along with the appreciative assembled as the Homemade Jammers dished up a wide-ranging panorama of Mississippi and Chicago blues. It was all delivered with poise, style and a sense of professionalism that belie their age. I’m also glad to report that what went down is totally in sync with the solid, no-nonsense, blues offered up on their CD debut Pay Me No Mind.
The leadoff track "Who Your Real Friends Are" is saturated in funk, with a trance-like guitar riff sustaining most of the action and it’s quite apparent that Ryan’s been listening to a lot of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan and soaking up those string-bending lessons. "The World’s Been Good To You" is the first of several tracks featuring the father of the clan Renaud Perry on harmonica. It’s a real strong track and, in my opinion, the one deserving of most radio exposure. "Blues Concerto" is one of those rump shakers that excite audiences and gets dance floors packed, especially Mississippi juke joints. "Time For A Change" is a slow, but torrid blues burner and Ryan’s passionate vocals are shaded by superb note selection and guitar tone.
Everything has an "in-the-pocket" sound, and due props to 9-year Taya on drums. That restrained and tasteful time-keeping is a solid anchor that demonstrates a remarkable maturity. Inevitably, more leeway solo-wise will come her way, then watch out. Much thanks are owed Northernblues president Fred Litwin and the Indianola Blues Society who have given these precocious youngsters a chance to prove themselves. The Homemade Jamz Blues Band have given notice they’re ready for the big leagues.