By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Homemade Jamz Blues Band hopes to get a Christmas gift from its fans: donations to make the band’s fourth CD.
The Tupelo-based band, made up of the Perry siblings, Ryan, 20, Kyle, 18, and Taya, 14, announced its week-long campaign at a press conference and mini-concert at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau on Monday.
The band is asking for donations via the website Kickstarter, where fans can pledge donations online. If the Perrys meet their goal by the deadline – $10,000 by Christmas – the siblings collect the money; if the goal isn’t met, they won’t receive any of the pledges. So far the trio has raised more than $3,300,
“It’s been three-and-a-half or four years since our third album,” Ryan said at the press conference. “We feel a fourth record is way past overdue.”
The Perrys hope to record the album in mid-January at Delta State University.
There are incentives with each level of donation on Kickstarter. Incentives range from a digital download of the album to T-shirts to signed copies of the CD. Those who pledge $300 or more will win a custom cigar box guitar hand-made by Ryan.
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed encouraged Tupelo citizens to give to the band’s project.
“This is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Our musical history is so important to us,” he said. “We need to recharge those batteries and get behind a local blues group.”
In more big news for Homemade Jamz, the band is one of 15 groups from across the nation featured on a new TV show, “American Band.” Fans can watch Homemade Jamz film its segment for the show at a concert at the Blue Canoe in Tupelo at 8 p.m. Jan. 4.