2017 Summer Tour: The Northern Leg

July 24, 2017


Billings, Montana! Then Pittsburgh, Kent Narrows, Ellicottville, Hartford, Arundel, ME, Mount Airy, Washington D.C. Here’s the info on all these dates.

 

Liquid Summer Hot Sauce Will Change Your Life! Order yours HERE!

 

 The Westward Leg

In June, we stopped for a few days at Faywood Hot Springs to re-up our minerals. The springs are close to the City of Rocks, a formation that resembles petro behemoths engaged in their daily business. They actually look as though they are conversing.

Sunset in New Mexico

Sabino Canyon

The Desert Sharks in Tucson threw a great party. While I was there, I had to revisit Sabino Canyon. I have some great memories of the sound of my old 1933 National Steel Guitar bouncing off those rocks forty years ago. It was a magical, spiritual experience that I still carry with me today.

San Diego was a blast. Those folks know how to live it up!  We then headed to Los Angeles to visit Annie Wharton. Granddaughter Emma Wharton joined us for the L A hang.

On the way to Salt Lake City, we went through Zion National Park. 

Zion National Park gets pretty hot in the Summertime.


 

“The geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area includes nine formations that together represent 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation. At various periods in that time warm, shallow seas, streams, ponds and lakes, vast deserts, and dry near-shore environments covered the area. Uplift associated with the creation of the Colorado Plateaus lifted the region 10,000 feet (3,000 m) starting 13 million years ago.” (Wikipedia).

Zion Canyon near the park entrance. Vistas abound.

 

The Utah Arts Festival was spectacular! With 20,000 people crowded together, their top notch organization and production made this the best load in ever. They were hungry for the music as well as the gumbo. One of those perfect evenings.

The ride…
from Salt Lake City to Pagosa Springs, Colorado has the most varied ecosystems I’ve ever seen. At every turn. a different crop of flora greets you, and the geology is awesome.

Wilson Arch

El Charro Loco 812 S Main St Moab, UT 84532  (435) 355-0854

This modest little Mexican cantina is eat up with charm. But don’t let the modesty fool ya, because the attention to detail from the kitchen is akin to the upscale restaurants you find in big cities. This is not fast food, and sometimes, like all small operations, they get backed up in the kitchen, however the wait is well worth it. Some of the best enchiladas I ever had, with a red sauce almost reminiscent of an Italian gravy melting in your mouth. Ever had a mashed potato enchilada? Delish!!  This is real deal artistry which is so hard to find these days.

Pagosa Springs  is the source of some mighty hot mineral water. Really hot, and really minerally.  So between Salt Lake City and Amarillo, we spent a few days at the Healing Waters Resort and Spa. 105, 108, and 112 degrees are the temps of the three pools. (I believe they get a tad hotter on occasion) Between soaks, I would recommend an easy walk through the Piedra River Canyon.

 

Amarillo, Texas! 

 

Oklahoma city! We Drank For Gumbo!

The Northwest Arkansas Parrothead Club’s “Guitars and Gumbo”

Greenwood, South Carolina

So I ended up in the beautiful community of Greenwood, South Carolina for the 17th Annual Blues Cruise. Just a few miles from my Paternal Grandparents home in Cross Hill. They moved to Orlando in the teens of the twentieth century, making me a second generation Floridian. Vanessa Collier made my day when she joined me for an amazing rendition of my tune, “Lonely Girl”. What a spirit this girl has! If you have a chance, go…just GO!

And NOW!
Flying out to Billings. When I return, I will hit the ground running. See y’all up north, and…KEEP COOKIN!

 

 


Summer Tour Begins!

June 7, 2017

Tucson, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Greenwood, SC.  

I’ve been gearin up for a little run out west. New tunes, mods on the van and on my rig. Gonna sound sweeet! Please tell yer friends in these locales that the Sauce Boss is bringin it to em. Schedule.

Dye’s Gullah Fixins
7605 W. Main Street, Ridgeland, SC 29936


Right off I-95, this comforting soulful, made from scratch the way ya mama made it, Gullah restaurant is the real deal. I believe LOVE is the first ingredient on each recipe. Dye makes a very tasty garlic hot sauce. Dye’s Gullah Fixins was featured in National Geographic. Makes ya feel good just sittin in the place.  And when you taste it…Woah, LOOK OUT!!!!
Call ahead for reservations if you want guaranteed seating – 843-645-0806
Or Email: dye908@gmail.com

 

My granddaddy’s BBQ Hash.
Many stories in our family were told, sitting around, eating this old South Carolina recipe. This time I put a little goat meat on the grill to honor my name sake, William Watts Wharton Sr. A few departures from his recipe: I smoke the meat first, and also I use Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.

First, Smoke the Meat

1 Lb. beef chuck roast
2 Lb. goat shoulder steak
3 Lb. pork boneless Boston butt

1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce
¼ cup vinegar
3 Tbs. honey
Liquid Summer Hot Sauce to taste

Trim excess fat from meat and smoke it in a charcoal smoker for 3 hours. Cut it up in one inch cubes, and cover with water in a large cast iron pot. Boil the meat until tender. Take the meat out and shred it discarding any bones or fat.

Make more than you need, cauce you will always want more than you have.

Put the meat back into the water. Add vinegar, chili sauce, and honey. Cook it down till the juice is almost all gone. Add the Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. Serve on a bun with a big slice of onion and a splash of Liquid Summer.

 

My condolences to the whole world for the loss we have suffered in the music community. This is as close as you’re gonna get to immortality. What a run. Sail on Brothers. A free download of my homage to the Allman Brothers, Keep It In Your Song.

 

 

 

 

 


Haul of Fame

February 13, 2017

sbcitrusSt. Pete, Delaware, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, New Smyrna, Palm Coast, Chester SC, Bluffton SC, Tallahassee

Sauce Boss to be honored.
On March 5th, I’m gonna party down with my good friends Albert Castiglia, and Selwyn Birchwood, along with Les Dudek, Rick Derringer, and Mike Pinera, at the Florida Musicians Awards Hall of Fame. Burt Reynolds  will receive the Humanitarian Award. and Jerry Mathers will be stirrin the gumbo. Yep, that’s the Beaver y’all. The Beave is hosting the event, and it’s gonna be one hell of a jam. Seating is ticketed, so now’s the time to reserve a good seat. Check out the video here. And more info here

                                          This weekend!jazz-flyer

Liquid Summer Thai Salad

lsthaisaladOnions,tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, honey

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One of my favorite dishes using Liquid Summer Hot Sauce is spaghetti sauce over angel hair pasta. I will use just a little bit, where it’s almost imperceptible. But it marries all the other ingredients together, giving the sauce a character, like almost an identity, a presence that says, “Hello!” without the burn.

                                          Music on the Bay March 4thp6wuhko

The Awe Shack  
2510 Conway Rd. Suite 101 Gambrills, Maryland    21054 410-721-5022    TheAweShack@gmail.com
When I saw the name, I was skeptical. However when I tasted the food, I was a believer in the awesomeness of this little kabob place between Baltimore and DC. (Right near the intersection of I-97 and Hwy 3.  It’s a nice ride if you want to avoid the DC traffic) And when you get there, you will be rewarded. …I promise. Once in a great while, a truly great meal comes out of nowhere. A surprise, a sleeper, a complete flabbergast, that hits you up side the head like a brick… of pure flavor. I had a meal like that at this little kabob house between B’more and DC. The name is a play on “Aushak”- an Afghani handmade ravioli stuffed with scallions and leeks, topped with a traditional mint-garlic yogurt dressing, ground sirloin, and cilantro. All meats and vegetables used at the Awe Shack are organic, and the veggies are locally grown.  The “Right-out-of-the-tandoor bread” is crazy good. . The quality of ingredients, the attention to detail, and obvious love of cooking makes The Awe Shack truly awesome.
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Thanks for the award, But…
Gotta say thanks to all who have congratulated me with the “Bout Time” comments on the social media. When I got the call about the Hall of Fame gig, I was blindsided. I must admit, it was kinda fun to puff up for a couple of days. Feel important, give the big bad world a little “I told ya so”.  Then I came back to planet Earth, and the humbling  began. I couldn’t have done it without folks who have supported me for all these years. Back when I began my quixotic gumbo crusade, I had no idea that traveling from A to B would involve such an effort. All along the way, some people would tell me, “I would never go up north in the blizzards of winter”. Or, “Don’t you get tired of riding in the van and waiting around in airports”? But for those smiling faces at the gigs, it’s all right here. It’s all right now. Not a rehearsal. This is it, for whatever it  will be. I guess I’ve been traveling from A to BE! Yeah, the “Be” is where I ended up. Everything between the A and the B is the “Be”. All for the better. And there’s one person who I must congratulate, and thank more than any other. My friend and companion for my lifetime, Ruth Wharton. On February 25th, we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  I am giggin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and  she will be at my side. Yup, braving the blizzard or the sunshine, we are in it for the long haul. And THAT’S… why I call it the “Haul of Fame”.

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Bringin the Heat

November 27, 2016

keyspanoramalittleIt’s gorgeous down here in Florida. Nice and warm. So I’m bringin the heat for the holidays. Scorchin Slide Guitar Boogie, Steamin Gumbo, and Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. Comein to ya. I’m takin it to New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North and South Carolina. But first. I’m playin Boston’s in Delray Beach. Here’s the info.

Albert Castiglia and Sauce Boss gettin the Big Dog

Albert Castiglia and Sauce Boss gettin the Big Dog

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First time playin the rub board.    Haven House, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Planet Gumbo celebrates 14 years of feeding the homeless.
I’ve been volunteering my music and gumbo to those in need since 2002. Planet Gumbo is our charitable 501c3 foundation that supports my efforts to bring gumbo and uplifting music to homeless shelters, and soup kitchens all over the country. It’s not hard for me to take a day once and a while  and share. However it was a really big deal for this little girl in Jeffersonville, Indiana. And also for the little brother stirrin the gumbo. They had a blast!  If you’d like to help: Donate to Planet Gumbo.

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For All Your Hot Holiday Needs, Order Now!

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If yer in Orange Beach Alabama  or Destin Florida, and ya need a gumbo fix, try Lulu’s. She makes a mighty rad gumbo herself!

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Meeting of the Minds and Skippers Smokehouse

October 29, 2016

motm1625th Annual Meeting Of The Minds 2016 “Here We Are” IS SOLD OUT!
And there’s more options to see, hear, taste, and yes, smell the Sauce Boss while in the Keys!

Wednesday November 2nd. 8 pm to 11:30 at Island Dogs 505 Front St. key west
Thursday  November 3rd . 10 pm at the Casa Marina
Friday November 4th. Boondocks 27205 Overseas Hwy Ramrod Key
Sunday, the Highlands Fine Art Festival in Sebring, Florida 1:30 pm

Can’t wait to see all my phamished, phood phondling phriends, phlirtatiously  phoraging  my phantastic, phamous GUMBO THROWDOWN!!!!! (You know what I mean, Vern?)

AND…Friday November 11, I will be smokin @ Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa. 8 pm.  910 Skipper Road Tampa, FL
Here’s a link to the whole schedule.

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Soup Kitchens, Festivals, Meeting of the Minds, And Some Cold Fish

October 4, 2016

sbcoveroct2016Here It Is. Georgia War Veterans Home, Food for the Soul soup kitchen, The South Carolina Down Home Blues Festival, The Suwannee Roots Revival Festival, Doc’s Bacon, Brews, and Blues Festival, The meeting of the minds!, Boondocks on Summerland Key, The Highlands Fine Art Festival in Sebring. Come and get some!!!!

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The Meeting of the Minds 2016 will be a blast. Stoked to be jammin at the Casa Marina for the fourth time. The red headed step child of Trop Rock is fixin to stir up some Trouble. Don’t miss my late nite set on Thursday November 3rd.

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Liquid Summer BBQ Mullet

Spray the pan with oil, broil the mullet, finish it off under the broiler with your favorite BBQ sauce, and Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. Best served cold, but who’s gonna wait for that? Make a bunch. Don’t get no better than a late night cold mullet snack.
Get your Liquid Summer RIGHT HERE.  Just got a fresh batch of datil and habanero hot sauce.  Time to order a case!

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Ceviche Mexican Style

The Farm Market
1079 E New Circle Rd. Lexington, KY 40505   859-317-9125
Really sweet people have a labor of love in the Farm Market. They are reputedly the best tamales in Lexington, and I can testify that the ceviche is outstanding. This funky down home  Mexican market/cafe is a treat of off the beaten path choices for lunch. If you’re out on the New Circle, stop in for a quick and easy snack. Relax. Chill out. The vibes are right.

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Killer Jams, Swimmin Holes, and Lotsa Bacon

August 8, 2016

“Cool stuff happenin.  Cool stuff ahead.”
 I told myself this lie so many times, it came true.

 

Benefit for Barnacle Bill’s Employees.

9 PM Saturday, August 13 The Junction @ Monroe

Saturday, August 13 The Junction @ Monroe 

Tallahassee’s legendary raw bar burned down on August 1, and so their employees are out of work. I played many a night at this place back in the day, or as I call it, “The BAD ol days”!  Come on down to The Junction @ Monroe, and join us for a great party and a great cause.  I’m on at 9 PM!  For details and complete tour schedule see sauceboss.com/tour

Whooee! What a Summer! Here’s just a few of my meanderings.

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The BMW Owners of America International Rally 2016 Hamburg, New York

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Smoked Mackerel with summer salads.  Dressing? Liquid Summer Hot Sauce!
Get your Liquid Summer Hot Sauce HERE!

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Warm Springs, Virginia.
I have “taken the waters” from hot springs in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Costa Rica, Germany, France, Hungary, Peru, and now Virginia. Jefferson Pools is at the top of the heap as far as the feel good factor goes. A warm 98 degrees of heavy mineral content refreshes and invigorates when you step out of the pool into the cool mountain breeze. And your skin feels like silk. The Gentleman’s Bathhouse was constructed in 1761, making it the oldest spa structure in the US. The Pool’s namesake described the water as of the “First Merit”. Yes, Thomas Jefferson loved this place. So do I…

5BigOwl

Big Al’s Big Owl Tiki Bar: Another Dimension!

5cHydroBasil

Sauce Boss Life Hack. Hydroponic basil stays fresh in the cup holder. Smells good.

6aBacon

THE BACON EATING CONTEST!
The Last Supper of Bacon. Epic carnivorous adventure at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Fest

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Worlds End State Park
The rock shelf makes for a nice swimming pool/mountain stream kinda feel. Take a dip in this river and your whole body tingles.

6fzRusticPancake

Rustic Buckwheat Cakes with walnuts, oats, bananas, and mangos, slathered with maple syrup. This will hang with ya. SLAMMIN!

6fyWatkinsGlen

Watkins Glen, New York

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Tiki Tom! Nuff Said…

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Third set of wheels for my baby. Keal Cases are the best! They sent me new replacement wheels both times. For free!

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Camping on the Eighth Lake in The Adirondacks.

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JP Soars. Cigar Box Guitar Wizard.

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Letchworth State Park, New York.

9TasteBuffalo

Taste of Buffalo. 450,000 hongry people hit the street. I love playin for foodies.

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This impressionist painting is actually a photograph of pebbles on the bank with the reflection of the sky and trees, melding with the lake bottom. 8th Lake Adirondacks.

BigDogBig Dog: Albert Castiglia’s album featuring my tune “Let the Big Dog Eat”  has been #1 on Roots Music Review for ten weeks! Here’s Me and Albert, and Rockin Jake jammin “Let the Big Dog Eat” at the Niagara Falls Blues Fest. Photo: Colleen Mary Johnson.


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