Homemade Jamz claims blues prize

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Blues fans have singled out Tupelo’s own Homemade Jamz as the Best Band of the Year.
Ryan, 18, Kyle, 16, and Taya Perry, 11, won the honor Thursday during the 2010 Jus’ Blues Music Awards at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis.
“We performed at the awards,” said Renaud Perry, the musicians’ father. “We opened the whole awards ceremony.”
Members of the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation and the general public voted for Homemade Jamz, Perry said.
“They won a heavy crystal, glass statue with drums and guitars etched onto it,” Perry said. “It’s pretty nice.”
Homemade Jamz began when Ryan found his dad’s neglected guitar. He started playing rock ‘n’ roll, then turned toward the blues.
Kyle started on the guitar, but lost interest. His parents bought him a bass guitar, and Homemade Jamz was born.
Not long after, Taya picked up the drumsticks, and the family business began.
The band is currently touring in support of its second album, “I’ve Got Blues for You.”
“We’re about to go to work on a third album, which is untitled as of yet,” Perry said.
In 2009, Homemade Jamz was the youngest nominee for a Blues Music Award, and the trio won second prize in the band competition of the 23rd International Blues Challenge in 2007.
Homemade Jamz has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” NBC’s “Today Show,” PBS’ “The Travis Smiley Show” and BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show.”
Next week, the group will take the Mississippi blues to France, and a trip to Canada is on the schedule.
The band already has toured in London, England, this year, as well as sites throughout the United States.
“We’ve been everywhere,” Perry said.
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.