Mixing equal parts soul, blues, and talent, with a dash of retro style, Ontario’s The MacKenzie Blues Band has quickly proved to be a force to be reckoned with on festival stages, clubs and barrooms. Their debut CD release, Back Road Revelation, garnered considerable airplay and positive reviews across Canada, USA and Europe. The MacKenzie Blues Band has twice made the semi-final rounds at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and in early 2014 they won the Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year. The MacKenzie Blues Band has gained the attention of blues music professionals, critics and fans alike, and the release of their new CD Slam! Bam! (June 2014) will continue to elevate their profile as one of the new bands on the international blues scene. They played many major Canadian Blues and Folk Festivals, and even had the opportunity to open for the incredible Mr. Buddy Guy.
The MacKenzie Blues Band’s sophomore release Slam! Bam! features straight up rockers such as “Burned When You Play With Fire” and “Ain’t Tryin’ to Hide”, the spiritual “Higher Road”, and the dark, melodic “Bone Cage”. Tributes to love, lust and the confusion that binds the two are featured in “Down With Love”, “Storm Comin'” and “Move On”. The album closes with a strait up gospel track “Spiritual Power” a tribute to a close friend’s struggle with cancer. Slam! Bam! shows a slightly darker side of the band and lyrically explores topics including , substance abuse, suicide, and healing from eating disorders. “Every lyric on this album can be attached to someone close to my life and our shared experiences. I had to crawl down the well of my own bravery to uncover authentic feelings to share with the folks listening to our music”, says Tara MacKenzie. “We couldn't bear the thought of just churning out a record that didn't dig deep. Our band really heard what I was wanting to say and then threw a match to the powder keg and set the melodies on fire.”
Album 3 is in the works, and planned for a spring release in 2020. It's been a long time in the coming, and certainly will be worth the wait.
The MacKenzie Blues Band took a musical leave of absence from touring and recording, following vocalist Tara MacKenzie's brain injury in the fall of 2016.
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. “Awesome vocals, incredible guitar playing, solid rhythm section and inspired songwriting -The MacKenzie Blues Band successfully touches all the bases.... a band that grabs you out of your seat and wraps itself around you!” (Rick Clark, Lighthouse Blues Festival). In-demand at venues and festivals across the province and beyond, The MacKenzie Blues Band takes the audience to a place where honesty, positivity and joy are on the menu, and to share in a common love for blues music.
Meaford Hall, April 2018