The Delta Bus Line took me from Clarksdale to Memphis to Tupelo in search of the Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band – one of the hottest little bands to come out of Mississippi’s north rolling hills since the North Mississippi All Stars. The terrain up in these parts is dramatically different from the flat plains of the Delta. It jukes and jives in soft, rolling thrusts. As does their music. The sound of the north hill country is electrified and the sound is alive. It comes full circle, right back at you, like a character in a story who changes his ways.
To witness the Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band is nothing short of a religious experience. Ryan is seventeen, Kyle is fifteen, and Taya has just turned eleven. Yet the kids are press savvy and no strangers to the road. All three are gregarious – all three quick on the smile. They laugh readily, they speak about the joys of family and as such they tend to agree.
I was prepped for my interview by both the Delta Blues Museum at Clarksdale as well as the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Explained Joe Whitmer of the Blues Foundation, “The Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band ooze the blues when they speak [and] when they sing.”