Billy the Kid
Originally from Chicago's south side, Billy was surrounded by music from an early age, first with his mother's piano and then his brother's saxophone. He picked up the trumpet at age 8 and began studying classical trumpet technique, eventually finding his true love in the sounds of jazz and big-band swing. After attending New York University, Billy was picked up by the Daptone Records family to tour with the "Screaming Eagle of Soul," Mr. Charles Bradley, playing some of the most prestigious theaters and festivals in the world. After spending 5 years on the road with Bradley, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Mark Ronson and many others, Billy founded Dala Records and began writing and producing his own soul-inspired compositions.
Using a 4 track cassette recorder, he produced and engineered John Fatum's debut LP as well as singles from Camellia Hartman and The Soulful Saints which serve as the foundation of the Dala Records sound. Now using a Tascam 388 8-track tape machine, Billy continues to push the Dala catalog with new releases from The Rad Trads, Michael Harlen and his debut 7" single entitled Pullin' on My Heartstrings. His latest single Honey Bee dives deeper in psychedelia while channeling an inner love for the sounds of the deep country.