“100% Pure” Kickstarter, and a New Video

September 3, 2014

SyracuseSBThe vinyl is 180 grams of pure Sauce Boss
The “100% Pure” Kickstarter project is half way there. Recorded mostly in the one man band format, with a large rig, the sound is grand. Y’all!  Come and get it! The Kickstarter project ends on Sept 16. That’s not even two weeks away. Pre-order  “100% Pure”  autographed vinyl or CD HERE.  Also, PLEASE, share it with your friends.

BigTopHere’s a video of  “Peckerwood”, shot at the Big Top Chatauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin. That gig rocks! Always nice to get a standing ovation. The video gives you an idea of what the album sounds like. Peckerwood is a mythical land somewhere in North Florida. Mythical because when you get there, it’s mainly in your mind.

 

 

 


This guy is the best
. From the Sound Shop in Detroit, Michigan. Easy does it, Motor City Josh. In the studio, he’s way cool, super chill, and highly efficient. Thanks for making it easy for me in so many ways. That’s what I like about Detroit. Good people doin good work. It’s a tradition.

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And thanks to Eric Ilasenko for getting the shots.

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This album is gonna be a great package of my best work.

And thanks to all y’all, friends and family, for hangin’ with me all this time.


New Sauce Boss Album Is 100% Pure!

August 17, 2014
Big Top Chautauqua       July 26, 2014

Big Top Chautauqua
July 26, 2014

100% Pure is the latest opus from the one man band. A serious traveling,  gumbo slingin, slide playin, drum kickin,  high hat stompin, low down, gut bucket blues singin, romp through twelve original tunes. Straight out of the true life adventures of Bill Wharton, as I manifest my way through the ether  that we call “existence”.  Twelve songs, mostly autobiographical glimpses into the happenings and goings on, down in the counties that count.


You can get your copy of  “100% Pure” through my Kickstarter program. Click HERE to order.

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The album features my one man band format. This is a radical departure from any production I have ever done, but one that feels perfectly natural to me. One thing I know, it was the easiest burst of creativity I ever had. From start to finish, the whole thing swirled and coalesced onto the disc in Detroit at the Sound Shop Studio. Recorded and mixed by Motor City Josh Ford. We had a gooood time. It will knock you out. I got a lot of noise out of this little kit. Should be out in a few months on Vinyl, CD, and Download formats. Check out the Kickstarter video. If that doesn’t make you grin, you need to see a doctor.

Upcoming Shows:
Takin it easy for the next couple of months so I can do the artwork and packaging. However, I’m excited to get back to a few of my faves and turn y’all on to the new tunes. First off, Friday, August 22nd, I’m hitting the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee.  Hope to see some ol time friends and neighbors  this coming weekend. Saturday August 23rd, I will be at another one of my haunts. The Alley in Sanford is always a stone cold hoot! I have a lot of friends in Sanford, being part of the Kingsnake Records family for so long.  Here’s the tour schedule.

NobleFish
Noble Fish 45 E 14 Mile Road Clawson, Michigan 48017
248-585-2314   http://noblefish.com/

Yellowtail, Umbashi Plum, Veggiemaki, and Salmon Skin Handroll

Yellowtail, Umbashi Plum, Veggiemaki, and Salmon Skin Handroll

Noble Fish is a Japanese market with a little tiny sushi bar in the back. I love down home sushi. It feels more authentic, like the simple and modest food known for increasing longevity, that the fishermen have been eating for centuries. The fish is verry fresh and the casual, relaxed atmosphere is fine with me.

The Packard Factory in Detroit. A beautiful ruin from a long time ago.

The Packard Factory in Detroit. A beautiful ruin from a long time ago.

 


July 2014

July 8, 2014

Fire it up
Hitting the road
for July’s tour which takes me from Tennessee to the Midwest. I am having the time of my life with this One Man Band thing. It’s a HIGH ENERGY GUMBO SHOW. Check out the schedule

STIR THE GUMBO!!!!!!!!!!
It’s official. the Gumbo Stirring Contest is on.  And the baddest gumbo stirrin performance will net cool Sauce Boss schwag! So come on down and stir the gumbo.

 

LiquidSummerDressing

From the very heights of the Peckerwood Swamps comes my recipe of the year…Liquid Summer Salad Dressing!

Really easy to make ,and it’s sooo tasty. Liquid Summer Hot Sauce  makes anything taste good. Here it is:
Take a bottle of ketchup and use three or four ounces (or more)
Refill the bottle with Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, and shake it up
Drizzle over the salad, and do a very fine drizzle of honey also. (not too much)
That’s it!

F.A.R.M.

F.A.R.M.  CAFE
617 WEST KING ST. BOONE, NC  828-386-1000 http://farmcafe.org
I was walking down King Street in Boone, North Carolina, and this busker dude with a long beard and and a mellow attitude says to me, ” This restaurant has some great food!”. He just volunteered that info. So I gave it a try. It turned out being more than just lunch. It was an “experience”.  The whole vibe of the place is sharing and nurturing. An incredible departure from the fast food chain gang. Everyone in the place exuded a “This is where I want to be” attitude. The sign says it all. “Feed All Regardless of Means”. The F.A.R.M Cafe  strives to be an all inclusive cafe serving people from all walks of life with dignity. With a 90% volunteer staff, anyone can work an hour on exchange for a meal. In addition to the volunteers, they have ” pay-it-forward” patrons who pay more than the suggested donation for their meal, which helps cover the cost of those who can not pay at all. These guys prepare some outrageously good meals with really fresh local ingredients.  Prepared with love. Real. Good. Food.

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See y’all down the road.


Sauce Boss One Man Band Traveling Gumbo Show

May 19, 2014

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Sauce Boss One Man Band Traveling Gumbo Show 
is hitting the road for Summer tours. Feelin good, feelin good. I’ve had some monster gigs. You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet. It’s HUGE!  AND..it feels SO good. It’s been incredibly rewarding, going out solo, and  getting the love and respect from my audience. Thanks to all the venues, friends, and fans for believing in me. Right now, I’m on top of the world. CATCH ME HERE!

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What you need for that perfect summer meal?
Liquid Summer Hot Sauce

AND THIS SUMMER . . . you can get a FREE bottle of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce when you buy a Sauce Boss CD at the gig AND at the Sauce Boss Online Store. That’s right, for a  limited time, we are coming down, coming way down. $15 will get you a CD and a FREE bottle of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.  I don’t know how I can afford to do this.  Better get in on this soon before I come to my senses.

Pumpkin BananaWalnut  Gingerbread Pancake

This recipe is totally yum, it’s hard to believe that it is also healthy and vegan.

Pumpkin Banana Walnut Gingerbread Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. fresh ground ginger
½ tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground cloves
1/8 cup flax meal

1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp. maple syrup

Sliced bananas
Walnuts

Sift the dry ingredients together
Mix the wet ingredients
Combine the wet and dry stuff
Pour the batter on a hot griddle and cover with bananas and walnuts
Serve with maple syrup

Over 1000 gigs sez it all.

Over 1000 gigs sez it all.

Here’s my latest endorsement. Keal Cases.  No,  these guys did not pay me to say this. I’m just passing along information. This case has saved my amp’s life many times. One time it rolled off of a six foot high stage, and landed upside down, on the concrete. Testament to the quality of both the case, and also my 48 Fender Pro, the amp still worked perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Let’s Make This A Good One

January 6, 2014

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2014, I Love You!
A very wise man once said,”Got to admit, it’s getting better”. Or was he a fool?  Well..it gets better when I start cookin. I’m a fool for music and I love to cook.  Join me for some good times.  Friday, Jan. 10, I am playin Lake Worth, where there’s a low of 74. Of course it will be much hotter inside the Bamboo Room. Playin and swayin, and kickin butt with the gumbo. Saturday you can find me at Sundowners for the Key Largo Wine and Food Fest. Crystal clear day, high of 79, low of 76. Y’all come on down.
Schedule Right Here

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COMING SOON:
 Midwinter Meltdown near D.C., Lancaster PA Roots and Blues Fest, Iron Horse (Ashland), Panama City Beach Mardi Gras, Music on the Bay in Tampa,  Earl’s (Sebastian) & Docksider (Marathon)

Salmon Haystacks With Artichoke, and Collards

Salmon Haystacks with Artichoke, and Collards

Salmon Haystacks
You cain’t get more down home than when your Mama fires up that ol cook stove. My Mama, I say MY MAMA, MY MAMA could COOK, y’all! She knew all the different prices of all the different foods in all the different stores. Where to get the best deals, and how to streeetch that hard earned dollar. She fed a family of seven on a teacher’s pay. But she could make some biscuits and gravy. Mama once entered a recipe contest and she won it. She was my inspiration.

Here’s the prize winning recipe for her Salmon Haystacks:
Bone one can of salmon, 15 ounces approximately (It’s pretty good with smoked wild caught)
3 or 4 slices of bread
1 small onion minced
3 tbs mayonnaise
Mix salmon, onion, and mayo
Form into little haystacks
Roll in toasted bread crumbs
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
YUMMM

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Mama and me circa 1951

Angkor
Angkor Cambodian & Thai Cuisine
2350 Noblestown Rd. Greentree-Crafton (Pittsburgh) 412 928-8424
If you are flying in or out of Pittsburgh, and you’re hungry, there’s a little restaurant not far from the airport that I would recommend. In addition to the Thai menu, they have a number of Cambodian dishes that will  give you a different slant on the Southeast Asian cuisine. The dish I had was the Moarn Chha Ktom (Original Khmer Dish). Typical veggies, with a funkier, earthier pungency in the sauce than the Thai. A unique lemon grass sauce, none the less sublime. I got off on this place. They will cook to order. Good service. Good feeling in yer belly.

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Holiday Run

November 27, 2013
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Photo Rob ONeal at The Meeting of the Minds 2013 in key west, Florida

HO, HO, HO!
Gettin to be that time of year  when I make my annual holiday tour. I’m ready to hang with my friends in all my favorite places. Places where I have hung for a couple of decades. This time it’s going to be very special for me as I am setting out on a new adventure.  On this tour I will be playing solo… So this is the Balls-to-the-Walls Bad Santa tour.
Get this.  One-man-band style:  high energy slide guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, and bass rig makes this show ROCK.

Here’s the press release:
Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton will be bringing his high energy, gumbo stirring, slide-guitar-playing show to the north this December.   For those who don’t know about the Sauce Boss, he brings his own hot sauce to the gig, and he cooks gumbo while smoking his slide guitar.  At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he’s adding a new flavor to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off,  and makes gumbo … he also plays a drum kit with his feet.  “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down under some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.”
Hold my beer…watch this.

Holiday shopping at the Sauce Boss Store
CDs, Hot Sauce, LPs, T-shirts, and Chef Hats.

The hot  sauce for the new millennium.

The hot sauce for the new millennium.

Whatever you do, don’t forget your Liquid Summer Hot Sauce for yer holiday dinner.  Just a dash on lox and bagel, does the trick. Put some in the stuffing, and you can mix it with brown sugar to make a glaze for that Christmas ham… Killing me.

Sourdough Nut and Fruit Muffins with NO Sugar
These are the best tasting muffins I have ever made. This recipe needs no sugar. The fruit is all you need.

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2 apples peeled and chopped
1 pear peeled and chopped
½ cup raisins
5 pineapple rings chopped (with juice)
¾ cup walnuts
1 cup applesauce
1 ½ cup sourdough starter
1 cup milk (I use soy milk)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup bran flakes
2 level tbs baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix fruit, nuts and wet ingredients
Mix dry ingredients
Mix everything together
350 degrees for 45  minutes in a greased muffin pan.

Sauce Boss at Baltimore MD Homeless Shelter

Sauce Boss at Baltimore MD Homeless Shelter

Twenty four years and 195,000 bowls ago I started this crazy gumbo crusade. Never charged a penny for my gumbo. Since 2003, I have spent some of my days off playing and cookin in homeless shelters, where I’ve shared my music and a meal with some great folks who happen to be down on their luck. The energy we give and the energy we get from this is incredible for us all. The National Alliance to End Homelessness states that in 2013 there are 633,782 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the US.  142,168 (22.1%) are children, 62,619 (13%) are veterans, and 269,991 (42.6%) are disabled and unable to work. Planet Gumbo is the non-profit organization whose mission is to bring sustenance in the form of a hearty meal and some uplifting music to soup kitchens and shelters all over the country.  Next week I will be playing for the Childrens’s Home Society in West Virginia. Every year we ask for people to support the grassroots efforts of Planet Gumbo. Thanks in advance for your donation.

 


The Meeting of the Minds 2013 and Skipper’s Smokehouse

October 30, 2013

We are on our way to the  Meeting of the Minds.
My yearly trek to key west for the Parrothead event has become a tradition.  Friday, November 1, headlining the festivities at the Casa Marina. Saturday afternoon, I have been invited to join in with the Coral Reefers for an unplugged set. I always look forward to connecting with familiar faces. For some, it will be our only meeting for another year. Down home, good fun. Gonna be off the chain. Phlocking crazy.

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Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his high energy, gumbo stirring, swamp funk to Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa on Friday November 8th. Florida born bluesman/chef Wharton rolls in from a summer of touring the Midwest, Northeast, and Canada. For those who don’t know about the Sauce Boss, he brings his own hot sauce to the gig, and he cooks gumbo while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he adds some new flavors to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo, and feeds everybody… he will also be playing a drum kit with his feet. “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.”

NEW BATCH OF T-SHIRTS AT THE SAUCE BOSS STORE!!!!!

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Getting dangerously close to the holiday season. Might need to also re-up yer Liquid Summer stash for stuffing yer stockings.  I know that Aunt Edna is dying to get the “Live at the Green Parrot” CD.  All that and more at the Sauce Boss Store.

Mango With Basil, and Cinnamon
Perfectly ripe mango, gobs of fresh picked basil, and a dusting of that Vietnamese cinnamon…incredible.

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Hard to go wrong if you are a foodie in Toronto.
Walking down the street, the sights, the smells, the magical seduction of the gratification, “Come on in, I’ll show yer tummy a goood time.” The whole process is extremely accessible in this town. The prices are good, and the quality is up. If you know what you’re doin, you’ll score big time. I remember, back when I was a glutton, I got two lobsters, cooked to perfection, for $16 in Chinatown. On this trip to Canada, I was primed and ready to find some authentic ethnic cuisine.  So as I sauntered past the Kim Chi Korea House, I was struck by authentic look of the food. This time I found what I was looking for. Kim Chi Korea House is not down home. An efficient staff delivers the real deal to the table. Excellent service, reasonable price, and very good quality makes this place hop. I had to have the Kim Chi Stew in a stone hot pot. I was not disappointed.

Kim Chi Korea House
149 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON      M5G 1C5    416-599-1989

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Sloss Blast Furnace. Birmingham, Alabama
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