A Bull City Holiday

by Keenan McKenzie

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1.
2.
04:21
3.
Santa's Cap
4.
Another Cozy Moment
5.
Snow Day
6.
A Queen's Christmas
7.
You Can't Lock the Chimney
8.
The Single Tree
9.
As the Nights Grow Longer
10.
The Greatest Birthday Party
11.
A Charming Winter Town
12.
Auld Lang Syne

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releases November 25, 2019

Music composed and arranged by Keenan McKenzie
except Auld Lang Syne, an 18th century poem by Robert Burns, based on a traditional melody

Anne Bennet, tenor saxophone [2,6,7,11,12]
Lucian Cobb, trombone [2,3,7,9,11,12]
Jim Crew, piano [5,6,8]
Meggan Cashwell, vocals [6]
Daniel Faust, drums [all tracks]
Billie Feather, guitar [10]
Jason Foureman, bass [3,9]
Lynn Grissett, trumpet [2,7,11,12]
Aaron Hill, alto saxophone [2,3,7,9,11,12]
Jim Ketch, trumpet [2,3,7,9,11,12]
George Knott, bass [10]
Ben Lassiter, guitar [1]
William Ledbetter, bass [1,2,4,5,6,7,8,11,12]
Shaena Ryan Martin, baritone saxophone [2,6,7,11,12]
Renée McGee, trumpet [2,6,7,11,12]
Keenan McKenzie, tenor saxophone & clarinet [all tracks]
Marcia McKenzie, vocals [12]
Woody McKenzie, fiddle [5]
Chip Newton, guitar [2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12]
Wes Parker, trombone [2,7,11,12]
Paul Rogers, trumpet [5,6,8]
Kyle Santos, trumpet [2,7,11,12]
Al Strong, trumpet [1,4,10]
Alan Thompson, alto saxophone [2,7,11,12]
Robert Trowers, trombone [2,7,11,12]
Shana Tucker, vocals [4]
Tamisha Waden, vocals [2]
Mark Wells, piano [1,2,4,7,9,10,11,12] vocals [1,4,5,10]
Laura Windley, vocals [3,7,9,11]
Dave Wright, trombone [1,8,10] vocals [8]

Recorded at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC
August 23-24, 2019
Engineered/mixed/mastered by Jason Richmond

Cover painting by Collin Williams (@artbycollin)
Inspired in part by Conway Li Photography

Thank you: Jeremy & Jennifer Brantley, Kelly Collette, Brian Curry, Pamela Dickey, Ken Heil, Adam Hitchcock, Hayley Hunt, Jammin' on the James, Marcia & Woody McKenzie, Ori & Valen Moore, Andy Nishida, The Outlaws, Suzanne & Nirav, Curtis Ullerich, and Donna Williams

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Keenan McKenzie Durham, North Carolina

Keenan McKenzie is a Durham-based saxophone and clarinet player, specializing in dance-oriented music. In addition to leading his own band, the Riffers, he appears with The Mint Julep Jazz Band, Michael Gamble, Jonathan Stout, The Rhythm Serenaders, and The Shakedown. ... more

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Track Name: Our Sweet Home
(Vocals by Mark Wells)

The house I built for the one I love
Is the envy of the street
With a newfound snow like a blanket, pure and sweet

Well it ain't too big, but I think you'll dig
What I've done with all the trim
And the little abode is packed with goodies to the brim

I cut all the boards for the walls
And assembled them gingerly
Now nutmeg and cinnamon in the hall
Says "Christmastime" to me

There's no more need to decorate
'Cause it's festive, through and through
And I won't roam from our sweet home
I'm gonna stay and savor the view

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I cut all the boards for the walls
And assembled them gingerly
Now nutmeg and cinnamon in the hall
Says "Christmastime" to me

There's no more need to decorate
'Cause it's festive, through and through
And I won't roam from our sweet home
I'm gonna stay and savor the view
Track Name: Coal for Me
(Vocals by Tamisha Waden)

I wrote Saint Nick a letter
Told him to bring me coal
(Said) I wrote Saint Nick a letter
Told him to just bring me coal
I've been pretty good this year
But keepin' him happy takes a told

Why should I make the nice list
How does he get to draw the line
Why should I make the nice list
How does he get to draw the line
That old man wants me to act
Like it's 1929

Coal for me and coal for you
That's the thing I desire
Coal for me and coal for you
Baby that's the thing I desire
And when we put it all together
Maybe we can spark a fire

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Coal for me
And Coal for You
Saint Nick should listen up
'Cause I'm gonna tell him what to do
Coal for me and coal for you
That's the thing I desire
And when we put it all together
Maybe we can spark a fire

And when we put it all together
We'll ride out the winter weather
Coal for me and coal for you
And baby we could spark a fire

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