Like a storyline out of the movies, the meeting of soul singer Bobby Harden and Dala Records founder/producer Billy Aukstik was a once-in-a-lifetime happening. In the fall of 2017, only a couple months after the loss of the legendary soul singer Charles Bradley, the new “Living On Soul” concert documentary film was premiering at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema. Billy, the former trumpet player for Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, was in attendance to recount the story of their legendary 3-night Daptone Records residency at the Apollo Theatre and Bobby, an old friend of Sharon Jones from their wedding band days, was also in attendance to witness the incredible film and pay his respects to a lost friend.
Thankfully, there was one other crucial key to their musical puzzle also in attendance that night, and his name was Kurtis Powers. Kurtis, a local Brooklyn DJ, soul music lover and founder of BQE Records, was the moderator for the Q&A following the film that evening and had been friends with both Bobby and Billy. Knowing that Bobby was interested in recording new music, Kurtis introduced him to Billy following the Q&A and they instantly hit it off. Call it fate or just call it two guys from different generations that shared similar passions, but instantly there was a vibe between the two of them and they made plans to meet at Billy’s newly built analog recording studio, Hive Mind Recording, to work on some new music.
Fast forward almost two years and we saw the first fully-realized product of this serendipitous collaboration, the smash hit debut single Runnin’ (To Get To Your Love), featuring the Dala house band, The Soulful Saints. Now, after months of further recording sessions and a global pandemic, Bobby Harden & The Soulful Saints are back again with their new 45, “Feels So Good” b/w “Wounded Hearts." The A-side, “Feels So Good,” is the song we all need right now - an upbeat soul groove perfectly suited to soundtrack the better days ahead. The B-side, “Wounded Hearts,” is a deep ballad layered with strings and fuzz guitar and could have been a lost Curtis Mayfield single. Both sides are produced by Billy “The Kid” Aukstik at Hive Mind Recording in Brooklyn, NY, and co-executive produced by Kurtis Powers/BQE Records. Stay tuned because there is lots more on the way from Bobby and The Saints including more singles and a full-length album!