Tanqueray Mist is Chicago's newest and hottest Country/Rock/Blues band. "T-Mist" is fronted by the amazing 26-year old Rachel McKenzie on lead vocals. Rachel has been performing in the Chicago area for the last 6 years and has won numerous vocal competitions. Rachel's voice has been compared to Miranda Lambert, Pink, and Carrie Underwood.
Backing up Rachel are;
Rick Demski (Vocals & Bass): Chicago music veteran Rick Demski, the blue-eyed soul man, lays down the bass tighter than a slice of ham on rye- with mustard! Rick has been a staple on the Chicago music scene for a number of years; appearing on the main stages of numerous festivals including Naperville’s Ribfest, Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies, and the Dubuque County Fair in Iowa. Rick has also performed on several CD’s including Doug James and the Pocket’s “Leg Up” and Derrick Procell’s award-winning “Why I Choose to Sing the Blues”. A versatile player and singer, Rick embraces all forms of music including Country, Rock, Blues and Soul. Being one half of T-Mist’s rhythm section, Rick gives the band a much- needed anchor in conjunction with drummer Joel to keep the other members chooglin’ on down the tracks!
Danny Lawler (Guitar): With a knack for the rhythm and ability to extend beyond you'll find Danny Lawler on guitar. Danny has over 20 years of writing and performing rock, blues and country music. "I knew at an early age, before I picked one up, that I had a special fondness for guitar. There isn't a guitar player who hasn't influenced me in some way."
Bill McKenzie (Guitar): Bill provides the rhythm backbone accenting with classic Rock and Country “Licks”
Joel Peterson (Drums): Joel has been playing drums since the 5th grade. He has been in numerous bands mostly in the classic rock and Country genres. Along with keeping Tanqueray Mist on beat and in rhythm, Joel sings lead and adds vocal harmonies on numerous tunes. His drumming heroes are Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Alex Van Halen, Kenny Aranoff, John Bonham just to name a few. Writing songs for Tanqueray Mist is the next step to bring this Rockin country band to an even larger audience. Joel loves to break down the songs Tanqueray Mist plays and give the tunes the energy they need.
Dave “Dapper” Dopp (Keyboards): Dave adds that “Honky-Tonk” piano sound accompanied by awesome keyboard effects
Tanqueray Mist has performed at many venues throughout the Chicagoland area including House of Blues, Old Crow Smokehouse, Firewater Saloon, Elbo Room, Sundance Saloon, and has performed at many Summer festivals including Edison Park Fest, Summer On The Square – Chicago, Taste of Roselle.