Bull City Syndicate | You Make Me Feel

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You Make Me Feel

by Bull City Syndicate

Someone once said, "Horns make bands sound better." And Bull City Syndicate's first CD is a genuinely compelling funk/horn-band experience.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
Kelly Harrell
0:22 $0.99
2. Carolina
Bull City Syndicate
4:37 $0.99
3. (I Wanna) Testify
Bull City Syndicate
3:48 $0.99
4. Brother Man
Bull City Syndicate
4:07 $0.99
5. Never Gone
Bull City Syndicate
5:09 $0.99
6. You Make Me Feel
Bull City Syndicate
4:44 $0.99
7. Go Up Moses
Bull City Syndicate
4:46 $0.99
8. Supercollider
Bull City Syndicate
3:31 $0.99
9. Understand It
Bull City Syndicate
4:14 $0.99
10. My Baby Loves You
Bull City Syndicate
3:22 $0.99
11. Supernatural Thing
Bull City Syndicate
5:49 $0.99
12. Bull City Groove
Bull City Syndicate
3:57 $0.99
13. Freight Train
Bull City Syndicate
1:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ambitious. That’s the best way to describe the new release by North Carolina’s Bull City Syndicate. With Grammy-nominated producer John Custer at the helm of the project, You Make Me Feel is the most ambitious recording by a Raleigh/Durham-based band in a generation.

Over the course of 13 years, formerly known as Soul Kitchen & The Bull City Horns, Bull City Syndicate (BCS) has successfully scaled the local scene of dance-cover bands, ascending during those years from a top-drawing club act to one of the most in-demand private and corporate party bands in the Mid-Atlantic region. Then, someone had an idea . . . and a good one at that. Specifically, to hand over to a world-class producer the yet unrealized potential of nine individually unheralded talents, and have them recreate tunes from some of North Carolina’s rich history of funk, soul and pop songwriters.

Featuring songs exclusively written by composers with a significant connection to North Carolina, either by birth or current residency, BCS entered John Custer’s Jag Two Studios in October of 2006, and didn’t exit until the following April. The product of those six-plus months is a genuinely compelling funk/horn-band experience, referencing and paying homage to the broad spectrum of funk, soul and R&B’s most enduring musical traditions. Retro, while not blatantly so, the record often reminds us of what the current R&B hit-factories most often fail to deliver, namely, great melodies, real vocalists, and an in-your-face horn section. While it’s easy to point out the influences, (both subtle and overt), of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sly, James Brown, The Temptations, and the like, the originality of Custer’s horn arrangements help sidestep any presupposed comparisons to the most famous of horn bands - Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, or Chicago.

You Make Me Feel features tracks composed by Maceo Parker, George Clinton, Roberta Flack, Ben. E King, Bobby Patterson, John Custer, and as an added bonus, Raleigh's own, Corey Parker, (yep - Maceo's son), makes a special appearance on "Bull City Groove," which he also co-wrote with producer John Custer.

Bull City Syndicate is:

Steve Baker – Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Vocals
Danielle Ward - Vocals
Vhondy Strickland – Saxophones/Flute
Greg Hoover – Keyboards/Sax/Vocals
John Spivey – Trombone
Steven Coon – Guitars/Vocals
Ricardo James – Trumpet
Randy Ines – Bass Guitar
Bob Makar – Drums


Produced, engineered and mixed by - John Custer
Horn arrangements by - John Custer
Transcriptions by – Matt Kanon
Additional drums - by Larry Woodard
Additional backing vocals by – Charlotte Renee’ Gregory, Teresa Williams and Bibis Ellison
All percussion, hand-claps, finger-snaps and other bodily noises by - Bull City Syndicate
Special Guest Appearance – Corey Parker, on “Bull City Groove” (Corey appears courtesy of himself!)
Recorded at Jag Two Studios, Raleigh, NC
Executive Producer – Steve Baker
Mastered by – Brent Lambert, Kitchen Mastering, Chapel Hill, NC
Album Art Design – Pink Monkey Creative
Photography by – Tim Szczesniak, Fade To Black Photography


Deep South Entertainment
1115 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 844-1515

* All songs featured on this album we’re written by composers either born or living in North Carolina.

* The clip of “I'm Going Back to North Carolina” (author unknown), was recorded by Kelly Harrell, in 1925.

* “Freight Train” was performed by all the members of Bull City Syndicate, (even the ones who shouldn’t normally sing in public), as a tribute to North Carolina’s folk music legend, Elizabeth "Libba" Cotton, (January 5, 1895 - June 29, 1987), who wrote this song when she was only 11 years old.

CD Track Info:

1 - Intro – Author Unknown, (Public Domain, performed by Kelly Harrell)
2 – Carolina – John Custer, (Stellium Music)
3 - (I Wanna) Testify – George Clinton, Deron Taylor, (EMI Longitude Music Co.)
4 – Brother Man - John Custer, (Stellium Music)
5 – Never Gone – John Custer, (Stellium Music)
6 – You Make Me Feel - John Custer, (Stellium Music)
7 – Go Up Moses – Roberta Flack, Jesse Jackson, Joel Dorn, (Sapphire Publishing)
8 – Supercollider – Bobby Patterson, (Stellium Music)
9 – Understand It – John Custer, (Stellium Music)
10 – My Baby Loves You - Maceo Parker, (Universal Music Corp OBO, Universal Music GMBH)
11 – Supernatural Thing Pt. 2 - Ben E. King, Patrick Grant, Gwen Guthrie, (Penumbra Music Co.)
12 – Bull City Groove (feat. Corey Parker) - John Custer and Corey Parker, (Stellium Music; PFAM Publishing)
13 – Freight Train – Elizabeth Cotton, (Sanga Music Inc.)




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Billy Cuthrell

Good Album, Great Band
A few years back when it seemed every band was adding a trumpet, sax and t-bone to the flavor of the day music to sound like all the "swing bands" of the time I was really turned off to "horn bands". However, BCS has that old school feel and they know, and play, what is hip. Most bands, especially the type with a great horn section, are generally better live than on their studio releases, but having seen BSC play live over the last ten years, and then taking a close listen to You Make Me Feel, I can personally say this band captures their live appeal on this record. BCS and John Custer have done an excellent job of blending great NC soul and funk into a must have album for your CD collection that should be on rotation with all of your Tower of Power records! You make Me Feel will do just that, make you feel great about horn bands again!