“2013 New England Music Award nominee blend bar band fervor with some cool percussion tricks.”
“Go Speed-Chris MacKay & the ToneShifters. Country/rock/swing with an accordion. Yes, an accordion! a melting pot of awesome!”
Local Band Review
Feb. 17th 2013
Chris MacKay & the ToneShifters based in New London County have just been nominated to represent the state of Connecticut at the upcoming New England Music Awards to be held April 13th at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA.
Formed in 2009, the ToneShifters energetic live show melds their individual musical tastes into a danceable freestyle fusion of blues, rock, swing, rockabilly and honky tonk, otherwise known as “Swinginrockabluesabilly.” They released the single “Lena” on the Good Sponge label “Good Sponge Volume 1” compilation in March 2012 followed by a full length debut “Picture on the ‘Fridge” in April 2012, which will be re-released in a new format this spring. Most recently their single “Go Speed” was released on the Good Sponge label “Volume II” compilation, which is now available for download and will be available as a hard copy shortly.
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“As per their invigorating performance late last year on The Day's "Live Lunch Break," the latest and hopefully permanent incarnation of Chris MacKay & the Tone Shifters is a mighty unit that fuses a variety of rock, rockabilly and honky tonk attitudes in riotous fashion.
The band's been busy working up new songs, and you can probably sample a batch Saturday when they play at the cozy, beer-and-pretzel-happy Malted Barley in Westerly.”
“If you haven't seen Chris Mackay & the Tone Shifters yet, now's the time. A roots outfit with a solid underpinning in swampy blues, the band is pretty much capable of astonishing work in whatever direction they spin off.
- RICK KOSTER”