Ten years ago, Hanson caused a stir in the pop world by delivering catchy tunes that were self-performed and largely self-penned, by siblings who were still just kids. Today, the blues has its own version of Hanson, and the name of this family affair is The Homemade Jamz Blues Band. So how young are these kids? How about thirty-seven years young....collectively.
Don't stop reading here thinking that this is just a novelty act. It's one thing to be able to play the blues when the band members are 16, 13 and 9 years old. It's another thing entirely when you can play it like old veterans. The Homemade Jamz Blues Band do.
It all started nine years ago when Renaud Perry returned to his family at Baumholder, Germany from a military stint in Korea and brought back a cheap, Stratocaster knock-off. Renaud couldn't get the hang of it but his seven-year-old son Ryan was keenly interested and got the guitar. His interest led to guitar lessons and woodshedding that in turn led to a passion for the blues when the family relocated to Tupelo, Mississippi.
By the time Ryan was eleven, he was performing live with a drum machine. His younger brother Kyle, then nine, wanted in on the action, so he tried out different instruments before settling on the bass. It wasn't long before he was playing alongside his brother and thanks to their father's persistence, the boys landed a coveted gig at Clarksdale's fabled Ground Zero Blues Club.
But the band hadn't yet stop forming. When the drummer they used at the time didn't work out, seven-year-old little sister Tara volunteered to try her hand behind the kit. Within two months, she was ready and the Homemade Jamz Blues Band was complete.
The gig in Clarksdale led to other playing opportunities, including at Memphis' fabled Beale Street, blues cruises and various festivals, culminating with an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning and signed to a record deal at NorthernBlues Music.