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.
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.