Album - Slam Bam
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.
Winners of the 2014 Maple Blues Award for "Best New Group or Artist"- and 2X Semi Finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. The MacKenzie Blues Band have been enjoying the recognition of a hard working band. Blues rockers with style, they emit the energy of a small, joyfull supernova . Firmly rooted in blues traditions, TMBB writes their songs from their experiences and world view.
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.
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.
Album - Back Road Revelation
“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, Summerfolk”
“You were one of the highlights of Mariposa Festival for me this year!”
- Don Bird, Folk Alliance
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