Saturday, September 27, 2008

Review -- THE HOMEMADE JAMZ BLUES BAND -- Pay Me No Mind

PAY ME NO MIND
The Homemade Jamz Blues Band
Northernblues Music
7.5-out-of-10
There really ought to be a law of some kind that prevents young people from having this kind of blues talent.
OK I'm kidding, but one usually thinks of blues coming from life experiences, and in the case of The Homemade Jamz Blues Band they haven't had a ton of those considering none of the three are old enough to vote.
That didn't stop the sibling trio from being the 23rd International Blues Challenge 2nd Place Winners, 2007 (Band Category); the Bay Area Blues Society's West Coast Hall of Fame "Blues New Artist of the Year 2008!".
The Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band consist of three siblings, the youngest blues band to sign with a major record label (NorthernBlues Music). Ryan Perry 15 yrs old is on lead guitar and vocals, while brother Kyle, 13 is the bass player and Taya, 9 is the drummer.
Let's start with Perry. His voice is well beyond his years, deep, soulful, and resonating with blues truth. His guitar work matches his voice. As they say, the kid can play.
Lyle and Taya round out the trio nicely.
While not exactly going off on monster drum solos, for someone still a ways from celebrating a birthday as a teen, Taya is excellent. No one would ever imagine she was nine by listening to this CD.
The songs here are all written by father Renaud Perry, except for John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom. You can see where the kids get the blues because dad can write a darn fine blues song. Dad also chimes in with harmonica on four of the songs.
This trio performs well beyond any notion they are merely a novelty kid's act. Northernblues found a gem here and have launched what could become one of the best blues bands of the next half century, or more.
Check them out further at www.homemadejamzband.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 17, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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