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Mixing equal parts blues, soul, and talent, with a dash of retro style, The MacKenzie Blues Band has quickly proved to be a force to be reckoned with on major festival stages and in clubs throughout Canada and the US.
Recognition for their hard working attitude has been paying off as they are recent Winners of the 2014 Maple Blues Awards for Best new Artist/ Group, and 2x semi Finalists at the International Blues Competition in Memphis Tenn.
Their debut CD release Back Road Revelation was voted best Canadian Blues Release of 2012, by the Blind Lemon Blues Radio poll and garnered considerable airplay and positive reviews across North America, Europe and Africa. It has been featured CBC radio 1′s Bandwidth program, Crossroads Blues Program, BBC Blues, RTÉ to name a few.
In the time they’ve been performing together, The MacKenzie Blues Band has rapidly – and deservedly – gained the attention of Canada’s blues scene, performed at numerous club gigs and notable festivals, including Mariposa Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival, Orangeville Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival and many more.
A classically trained vocalist, Tara MacKenzie has been compared to Ann Wilson, Katie Webster and Janiva Magness. Her powerful 3.5 octave vocal range is paired perfectly with her unapologetic, ballsy, yet sultry stage presence. Guitarist Trevor MacKenzie has been called “One of the most dangerous guitar players in Canada” (Timmins Press). His versatile playing easily shifts gears from style to style, while maintaining his fretting hand firmly rooted in the blues genre. The rhythm section is the glue that binds The MacKenzie Blues Band together, with snappy, funky, pulsing grooves from bassist Joel Dawson and drummer Mike Weir.
With a fresh take on modern blues and adding rock ‘n’ roots elements, The MacKenzie Blues Band’s live performances put out the energy of a small supernova- encouraging the audience to let loose, have fun and enjoy wild electric rockin’ blues,taking the audience to a place where positivity and joy are on the menu.
Their Sophmore Album “Slam! Bam!” is to be released in the Spring of 2014, parts recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.
“The MacKenzie Blues band is powerful stuff. Their thundering vocals, blazing guitar riffs and a tight rhythm section rocked every stage they played at Summerfolk!” – James Keelaghan, Artistic Director, The Summerfolk Festival”
“You were one of the highlights of Mariposa Festival for me this year!”- Don Bird, Folk Alliance
” I love your music!”- Amanda Putz, CBC Bandwidth