"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 2012!" - James Keelaghan,
Mixing equal parts soul, blues, and talent, with a dash of retro style, The MacKenzie Blues Band has quickly proved to be a force to be reckoned with on festival stages and in clubs throughout Ontario. Their debut CD release Back Road Revelation has garnered considerable airplay and positive reviews across Canada, USA and Europe. Mastered at the famous Abbey Road Studios, Back Road Revelation is a funky and bluesy journey into several lives and characters – ones that may be encountered at a small backwoods roadhouse or at a train station that only sells one-way tickets to Anywhere. These songs cover the full spectrum of blues emotion for lovers and other strangers.
"Not your predictable, hum drum blues fodder. Listening, I felt like I was at some swampy Saturday night fish fry caught between a blues sermon and an arson attack."- Andy McInness, Best Indie Album Reviews
In the short 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 Harbour Nights Festival, Summerfolk Festival, Orangeville Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Peak to Shore Festival, Blues and Brews Festival and more. Their CD Back Road Revelation was voted by fans as the # 1 blues recording of 2012 in the Blind Lemon Blues radio poll. In early 2013, The MacKenzie Blues Band made the long trek to Memphis, Tennessee to participate in the International Blues Challenge, making it to the semi-final rounds and were well received by blues industry professionals and fans alike.
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' roll elements, The MacKenzie Blues Band’s live performances encourage the audience to let loose, have fun and enjoy wild electric rockin' blues, or gritty rootsy unplugged acoustic shows, the band takes the audience to a place where positivity and joy are on the menu, and to share in a common love for blues music.