By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Homemade Jamz is almost entirely grown up, and its fourth album, “Mississippi Hill Country,” shows it.
Two of the members, brothers Ryan and Kyle Perry, are adults – 21 and 18, respectively. Younger sister and drummer Taya is catching up at 14.
But the band is growing musically, too: “Mississippi Hill Country” is the band’s first album written entirely by Ryan.
“I’m excited and anxious to see people react to music made by myself,” he said.
That was a bit of a necessity: The trio’s parents, Tricia and Renaud, split up, and Renaud was the band’s primary writer.
“Last year was a tough one for us personally,” he said. “I wasn’t a songwriter at all. I had no experience with songwriting whatsoever. But we knew it was time for another album.”
Once he began writing, he couldn’t stop.
“One day, things snapped,” Ryan said. “It was difficult at the time, and then – I love writing now. It’s a big release.”
The album references the siblings’ struggles, but there are a few happier tunes, too.
Ryan loves hill country blues, so that inspired the album’s sound. Recording the album in the Delta at Delta State University’s Music Institute helped, too.
Homemade Jamz is on a CD release tour now with stops that include New York City, Canada and, of course, Mississippi. The band will perform at the Howlin’ Wolf Festival in West Point on Aug. 30.
Ryan’s new-found love for writing means he’s already working on ideas for a fifth record with his brother and sister.
“If we stay in one spot, we’ll get stuck, and we definitely don’t want that happening,” he said. “I’m happy with the direction we’re going in.”
Catch The Trio
HOMEMADE JAMZ’ NEW ALBUM, “Mississippi Hill Country,” is available at amazon.com, iTunes.com, cdbaby.com, Rhapsody.com, Spotify and on the eband’s website, hmjamzbluesband.com. CATCH THE TRIO at the Howlin’ Wolf festival in West Point on Aug. 30.