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Homemade band jams at Pajarito Mountain

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The 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series continues Friday with what will be a fantastic concert up at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area starring the Tupelo, Miss., group, the Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band.
The family band grew up a couple of blocks from the home of Elvis Presley. B.B. King has stated, “In my 87 years, I’ve never seen something musically and so remarkable. These young kids have got energy, talent and do the blues proud with their own flavor. I believe they’ve got a great future ahead.”
The lead singer and guitarist, Ryan Perry started playing guitar when he was nine years old and discovered he had amazingly fast and agile fingers. That was 10 years ago. The bassist is brother Kyle, 17 and sister, Taya, 14 is the drummer.
HJBB has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” PBS’ “The Tavis Smiley Show,” CBS’ “Sunday Morning” and NBC’s “The Today Show.” They are the youngest band ever nominated for the International Blues Challenge Awards. They were nominated for Best New Band at the Blues Music Association’s 2009 Awards and the BMA’s Band of the Year award in 2010. “They are a contemporary, rousing, good natured, top-tiered, modern electric blues and blues-rock band,” Organizer Russ Gordon said.
Ryan, Kyle and Taya’s father, Renaud is the band’s harmonica player and wrote most of their earlier songs because the kids have never been to jail, had a broken heart, nor have children at home that they can’t afford to feed. “If you love the blues, you play the blues with a feeling, as if you lived the blues,” Ryan said.
“These young people are not in a gimmicky pop band. They can play the blues and Ryan can really growl. They’re one of the hottest bands on the today’s blues circuit,” Gordon said. “They are not just a blues band. Their early influences were blues rockers like Cream, Hendrix, the Animals and the Rolling Stones and that is most evident in their playing.
They grew up listening and emulating B.B. King, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. They remind me of one of my all-time favorites, the late, fantastic singer, and guitar virtuoso, Freddie King.”
The guitar that Ryan plays was made by himself and Reynaud from a Ford muffler that the son bought for a car that they were refurbishing. Ryan complained, but gave in to his dad.
Today, he plays a double-necked guitar that also uses a Ford muffler. Kyle’s six string bass also is made with a muffler.
“These homemade guitars are the hottest I’ve ever seen,” Gordon said. “They are cool. That first guitar they made is now in the BB King Museum!”
See videos and listen to the band at hmjamzbluesband.com.
Also, visit their page on Facebook and on Youtube.
This show is Pajarito Ski Area Night. Early, reduced price ski passes will be sold.