Chris Mackay – Lead Vocals, Percussion and Washboard Tim Stawarz– Guitar and Vocals Ben Perry – Bass and vocals Tim Zeppieri- Drums Sue MacKay – Accordion and vocals
Chris MacKay & the ToneShifters was formed in the fall of 2009. Chris started his career playing percussion with New London CT new wave act Newjohnny 5 in the early days of the blossoming New London, CT music scene. The band attracted national attention and soon shared bills with many national acts touring the East Coast and down South performing at such venues as C.B.G.B.’s, the infamous Studio 54 and the Hartford Civic Center. Chris went on to front a series of bands playing original music covering everything from hard rock, blues, funk, rockabilly and alt rock and gained a wealth of experience in many different genres.
In 2009 Chris was looking to form a blues /roots band where he could combine different genres into a cohesive mix of originals and obscure covers. Working with musicians from many different musical backgrounds it soon took on a life of its own when the diversity and individual tastes of the band members began to mesh into a tasty stew of danceable roots music. In early 2012 the single “Lena” was released on the Good Sponge labels Vol. 1 compilation and in April of 2012 their first c.d. “Picture On The ‘Fridge” was released in a limited run featuring Nashville’s “Super Picker” Johnny Hiland playing guitar on the title track. After some personnel changes the band took a short break to regroup, learn some new material and in early 2013 came out with a vengeance releasing the single “Go Speed”, a tribute to Brazilian race driver Ayrton Senna and the highly acclaimed documentary “Senna” on the Good Sponge labels Vol. 2 compilation. The song was picked as one of the top 5 tracks on the compilation. Also in 2013 the band was nominated for a New England Music Award for the state of CT and a regional Whalie Award for best Blues/Country/Rock act as well as a “Critics Choice” award. In 2014 the band released the full length “All Washed Up” with the current line up to some very good reviews and in 2015 released the single "Blue Collar Happy Hour" on Good Sponge Vol. 3 compilation.
Currently the band is preparing to track the first cuts of their latest release in Memphis TN in Feb. at the "Birthplace of Rock and Roll" Sun Studios and hoping for a summer/fall release in 2020.
The band has shared bills with Dr John, Johnny Winter,James Montgomery, Christine Ohlman, Sean Chambers, Nick Moss & the Fliptops,Mike Zito and many other top blues acts.
Currently they are looking to release a new full length in 2017.