BUCKLE UP! And Watch “Cookin With the Sauce Boss” Sunday Sept. 27

September 24, 2020


LIVE STREAM! Totally Original Music and Cooking show.

No covers, just the Sauce Boss doin his thing.  

Watch “Cookin With the Sauce Boss”.

Sunday September 27 8 PM EDT.

 on Facebook LIVE!

My last “Cookin” show had waaaaay over 5,000 viewers. I could feel the love and good vibes pouring out of my device, as we all came together for the festivities. It’s always shot from the hip in so many ways. Join us on September 27 at 8 pm for food, fun, slide guitar, and my music. “Cookin with the Sauce Boss”!!!

Also, please sign up on my YouTube channel.
Facebook is cracking down on live videos, and I need about 180 more subscribers to be able to do a live show on YouTube. Keep “Cookin With the Sauce Boss” on the air! Share this. Spread the word. We can do this. THANKS!!!! Sign up HERE.

Fasten your seatbelts. We are experiencing some turbulence. It may be too much to hope for, but I hope and pray that love and democracy will prevail for all of us. Please VOTE! 

In the meantime, I have some positive news. “Jimmy Carter Rock and Roll President” has been released to rave reviews. At a private screening in Plains, Georgia, Carter himself said, “I wouldn’t change a thing.”  The Los Angeles Film Awards picked my daughter Mary’s rockumentary for “Best Picture”! Also The film was picked for “Best Documentary”.  It was also picked for Mari Keiko Gonzalez’ seamless “Best Editing”. Mary was one of the executive producers and she also directed it. I can’t tell y’all how proud our family is of Mary Wharton, and her whole crew. She described it as the “Little Movie That Could”, and it definitely can! I am not a bit surprised, knowing her work.  If you want to read some reviews and watch some interviews, check out sauceboss.com/Jimmy-carter-movie

However… the big surprise is that the “Best Original Score” award goes to…(Are you ready for this?)…The award goes to…BILL WHARTON!!!!! If that ain’t a sweep, I don’t know what is. I am completely blown away. I’m proud, I’m humbled, I’m pinching myself. When we did the recording session in New York City, it was like spending time with friends and family.  Oh that’s right. We were with friends and family. Whatever your politics, whatever your musical tastes are, you will love watching a genuine, honest, hard working man get down with the Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Charlie Daniels, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffet, Ray Charles, Bono, and a whole lot more. Through it all, his unwavering faith shines bright. “During my presidency we never fired a bullet, never dropped a bomb.” A true follower of the Prince of Peace.

Rogerebert.com: “Wharton’s ‘Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President’ is fresh water in the middle of a desert.”

NOW, I’m so happy to share this with all y’all. You can watch the film at home. Click on JimmyCarterMovie.com, go to buy tickets, and enjoy!  Choose any theater, and then choose VIRTUAL.  Some of the theaters listed have in theater viewing times too (don’t choose a time unless you want to go to that theater at that time).  This screening is only distributed via the theaters for a couple of weeks, so don’t delay.  


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Ya know? I mean really! Do you Know? AWWWWWWWW, Yeah! I know…Liquid Summer will CHANGE your life. It changed my life. It will change your life too!  And it’s almost time for presents.

Here’s where you can get it delivered to your house.

And now we return to our feature presentation . . .

Moody’s BBQ

This photo will bring tears to some eyes. Anyone who’s ever been there, tasted some of the best… anywhere. If you recall the sumptuous mingling of tangy sauce and succulent ribs, prepared by a pit master with deep, dark culinary roots, reaching across oceans and over continents, to an ancient fire in a long forgotten land where his grandfather’s, grandfather’s, grandfather’s, grandfather’s grandfather sat stoking the flames in preparation of a feast to feed his family, you might have been to Moody’s. If your tastebuds  can savor the prehistoric ritual of life and death, and what it took to deliver this sacrifice, so that we can live, and if you can bring all of this to the table, along with your plate of BBQ…then you will know… you have been to Moody’s. RIP.

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I’ve Got Killer Tone

August 13, 2020

Sunday, August, 16,  I’m doin the tunes for the times that we live in.
Tune in @ 8 pm EDT on FACEBOOK LIVE

Cookin With the Sauce Boss is a series of tunes for the times we’re in right now. And I have something on the stove for your down home dinner plans. Join me swampside for tunes, new and used, and a belly full of…well you know.

Killer Tone

Here’s the song recorded Live at the Green Parrot in Key West with a schmokin band: John Hart, guitar, Jassen Wilber on bass, and the one and only, Justin Headley playing the drums. This tune and a whole lot more coming at cha next Sunday!

Welcome to Swampside

Swampside is really a magical place, mentioned in my memoir.
(For the whole story, get “The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy” on Amazon HERE)

Istanbul, Turkey

Swampside is now my new record company and studio. It’s a work in progress, but it’s coming along. It’s a studio and workspace to improve my quality of life. I sold a couple of guitars and an old amplifier. Then our kids found out about it and they kicked in also. Thanks to Annie Wharton and Mary Wharton for the $$$$$, and Floyd Wharton for your time and expertise. I am truly one lucky dude to have such a generous family.

I am currently working on an album featuring the tunes which were included in Mary’s movie, “Jimmy Carter Rock and Roll President.” There were 17 pieces of my music that were used in the film and this has garnered me the “Original Score” credit. The theatrical release for the film is in September, and it will also be aired in January on CNN. My new album will feature classic Sauce Boss tunes and also unreleased material that I wrote for the soundtrack of the film. I’m hoping for a January release date for this as well.


 As an aside, keep yer eye on Mary Wharton. Some crazy good stuff is happening for her in 2021. I am so excited for us all. Stay tuned.

Insanely Healthy Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

Got tomatoes? Got okra? Fresh from the garden is a completely different animal.
Sliced okra
Chopped tomatoes
4 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion chopped
1 Banana pepper chopped
3 Tbsp Liquid Summer Hot Sauce
Vegetable broth

Saute onions, garlic and pepper in vegetable broth
Add okra, tomatoes and Liquid Summer, stir, and cook until the okra works it’s  magic thickening the whole mess
Let it sit for a minute to cool down and further thicken the broth
That’s what I’m talkin bout

 Get yours HERE!
And please subscribe to my YouTube Channel

I am truly heartbroken about what has happened due to the mishandling of the coronavirus. There are places in the world where there are zero cases because they took care of business. In New Zealand they are having soccer games now with 50,000 in attendance. They are completely covid free. And we, on the other hand…
Take a minute and check out this video that Mary and I made, and please share it with your friends.
Keep Cookin, be well, keep smiling, and bless all your hearts,

Bill Wharton



Smile In A Basket Release

June 9, 2020

Me and Mary are smiling. (There’s a lot going on this week)

My new music, “Smile in a Basket”, is a message of compassion. We worked with Grammy Award winning producer, Mary Wharton, who was produced and directed by me and Ruthie Wharton. I contributed this tune and 16 others to Mary’s upcoming documentary, “Jimmy Carter Rock and Roll President”, garnering musical score credit. The movie is about to hit the film fest circuit and has found some verrrrry prestigious places to land. It’s an amazing film, actually a rockumentary, with interviews and performances from a who’s who of the musical landscape. 

I think you’ll really dig this video of “Smile in a Basket”.   We will have a live premiere on my YouTube channel on Thursday, June 11, at 8 pm. Subscribe here and we’ll send out a reminder 30 minutes before it airs, so we can all watch it together. The video is dedicated to all the health care and essential workers who have shouldered the load for the rest of us. Share it with your friends.

Big thanks to all who joined me:
Produced, directed, and edited by Mary Wharton
Camera/producer: Ruthie and Bill Wharton
Words, Music, Vocal and Guitar by Bill Wharton
String arrangement by David Davidson
Violin: David Davidson
Viola: Kristin Wilkinson
Bass: Byron House
Photos/movie clips: Mary Wharton, Kelly Durrant, Jennifer Garrett, Danny and Kelly Goddard, Bill Wharton, Damon Fowler, Naeam Wilkerson

The response to my Facebook Live concerts has been really great. Thanks to all who watched and contributed. This is REALLY helping me stay afloat during these _________________(you pick a word) times. Please join me on June 14 for a special edition of Sauce Boss Live on my Sauce Boss Facebook page. Come on down at 7:45 PM.  Concert starts at 8:00 pm. I’ll be singing my new tune and makin gumbo. 

Fasolakia (Greek Style Beans)

These are good times to concentrate on your health. I have been feeling better now that I’m cooking so much. Here’s a couple of recipes that I just made, to get my vegetables.

Made with beans and tomatoes, fresh picked. Onions, potatoes, garlic, lemon and dill. Saute onions and garlic. Add tomatoes, a little Liquid Summer hot sauce, and cook em down just a little, then add broth, potatoes, beans. Cover and cook on low. Add lemon juice and fresh dill. This is the real healthy version. I saute the onion and garlic in broth. If you want a little more grease, use olive oil for the saute, then splash a little more when you add the juice and dill. 

Bim Bim Bap a la Peckerwood

So I had these leftovers. Asparagus, collards, and the beans.  Scraped together a salad of lettuce, onions and cukes; grated carrots and threw some mung sprouts in there, added a quank of bread-and-butter squash pickles, put the cold veggies on hot steaming brown rice, and I had the beginnings of a great meal. You know what they say, “It’s all in the sauce.” Gochujang sauce. The red sauce in Korean food. I use the Korean pepper, but you can substitute cayenne and paprika for this recipe.

2 Tbsp light miso
1 Tbsp ground red pepper
1 Tbsp paprika
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp Liquid Summer Hot Sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
Water to thin it out

Eat up with flavor, it makes the leftovers jump and shout! This sauce livens up a lot of dishes. Let some little cubes of cucumber or steamed brussel sprouts sit in some of this stuff overnight. Yummm!


WhartonShop  is now on Etsy

Sauce Boss merch and memorabilia, (some great old festival shirts. If you’d like anything autographed, just let us know ). Also vintage personal items, clothing and whatnot for your browsing pleasure. We’ve been selling a bunch of Ruthie’s childhood board games. So if you’re “board”…just sayin, stop in and check it out.

Who woulda thought that I would have to spend most of this year at home? I really appreciate all y’all’s generosity! I look forward to seeing y’all again on the road, and sharing my gumbo with you.  Here’s a link to my “Tip Jar” page.

Next Sunday. Sauce Boss LIVE!… Busy, Busy, Busy, and a Big Red Oak Tree

April 26, 2020

Sunday, May 3rd, 8 pm. Sauce Boss LIVE!

Mark your calendar. Next Sunday I will be live once more. I had such a good time virtually hangin wid all y’all, I’m on have to do it again. This one will be a hoot. I’ll bring out my old ’33 National steel  guitar, and git all gut bucket on ya. I’ll cook a little somethin up in the kitchen. Plus that bluesy version of the Beatles tune is smokin. So as Lennon said…”Spread the Word!” Please share this with your friends. “Come on in my Kitchen” and join us on Facebook LIVE at 8 pm on May 3rd.

Sauce Boss Video in the works

My daughter, Mary Wharton has just finished a movie project which I am extremely proud to be part of. I have contributed a bunch of my music for the Original Score. The name of the movie…”Jimmy Carter  Rock and Roll President.” Mary is one of the Producers and the Director. The movie has interviews with, and performances by The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Muddy Waters, Garth Brooks, Dizzy Gillespie, Marshall Tucker, and Charlie Daniels, to name a few. After hanging in the thick of the New York rock video scene for the last few decades, Grammy winning Mary has honed her chops enough to make this flick JUMP! The movie is a rockumentary about how the above mentioned musicians rallied behind the South Georgia peanut farmer, lighting his path to the White House. The attention these musicians gave to Jimmy Carter as being “one of us”, gave the whole country another choice after the corruption of the Nixon years. The movie follows Jimmy through his presidency, and all the way to today as he builds houses for the poor, and promotes peace and equality all over the world. His unshakeable faith shines through the whole story. The movie was scheduled to premiere April 15 in New York City at the Beacon Theatre, kicking off the Tribeca Film Festival. Needless to say, we were ecstatic to attend. Willie Nelson was to play after the screening. Jimmy Buffett was planning to attend. Possibly the Obamas. Paul Shaffer was the house band. And then… well you know. Tribeca has been postponed. Here’s a link to the press release.

The good news is that an international release has been negotiated. In the meantime, I am working on a video of one of my tunes from the movie. So far I am pleased with the shoot. Mary is helping with the video production. Check out her website. (marywharton.tv). I am looking for photos of smiling faces. Would you be interested in submitting something to be part of this project? The tune is about smiling through adversity, and being kind to one another. A hi-res head shot with yer smiling mug, or even a 3 or 4 second video might work.  If you are interested, upload a high res photo or video clip to:


When this pandemic began taking over the world, I thought I’d be bored out of my mind, but nothing could be further than the truth. I’m busier than ever, doin stuff. Sure, I miss seein y’all, and bumpin up against everybody, hangin in a crowd, and being social, but the time and space to just live life and do whatever I want has been liberating. A month before all this cray-cray descended upon us, I had the uncontrollable urge to do a project I’d been thinking about for a long time. I made a cyprus and cedar base for an outdoor sink and we put in some more water access for gardens around the house. Since that time I’ve been non-stop. I’ve had the time and mindful determination to improve my quality of life. We used this cast iron antique sink for years in our little cabin. It’s my all time favorite. Probably 100 years old. Now it serves as the vegetable washer and dirty hand cleaner so we don’t have to make a mess in the house. It’s so handy with all the washing of hands we have to do these days, and just washing my hands in this sink makes me happy.

New Beds

We doubled our garden area with three new beds and mounds for a big crop of Native American pumpkin. We now have the garden space to supply us with six kinds of peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, eggplant, okra, leeks, broccoli, sweet potatoes, celery, parsley, three kinds of basil, oregano, chervil, rosemary, fennel, thyme, summer savory, cilantro, lemon grass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, yellow squash and a kiwi vine. New trees include grapefruit, persimmon, paw-paw, mulberry, and a couple of cold hardy avocados to add to our orchard. BURRRRP!!!

Corn and Crawfish Chowder

Having the time for planning of meals has made our dinner table amazing. This bowl of corn and crawfish chowder was off the chain good. Almost didn’t make the photo. It was gone in no time. Thanks, Ruthie!

3 big green onions chopped, greens and all
1 cup of broth
4 potatoes chopped
1 can sweet corn
1 LB crawfish tails
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper
Chopped parsley
Liquid Summer Hot Sauce

Saute onions
Add potatoes and cover with broth until done
Add crawfish and corn and milk, and cook on low until well heated
Add Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, salt, and ground black pepper to taste
Garnish with chopped parsley

New Steps

The old steps were riddled with carpenter bees and the woodpeckers came and made a wreck of them, pecking out their lunch. I just haven’t had time to do anything about it. Red and white oak. There’s always so much to do.

Screenshot From My Phone

On September 2, 2016, Hurricane Hermine passed right over us. Outside the house was a maelstrom of wind and rain. Soon after midnight I heard a rumbling of wind and a crunching sound as a big red oak tree was blown over, ripping the roots out of the ground. The crunching sound went on for a very long time as the tree slowly fell into neighboring trees striping limbs or completely flattening them on its way down, finally coming to rest in the arms of a couple of other trees.

Sometimes I’m the luckiest guy I know.

Here’s the view from upstairs in my office.

It was a mess.
So I cleaned all the dirt off the roots.

That was the fun part.

I cut off the roots.

The logs took a ride to the mill

And I made a fire

After drying the boards under tin for three years, my son Floyd planed the 2×14 inch boards, and I made this coffee table from my old friend. How many times did I stand next to you in the night, gazing into the trees or up at the heavens? Thanks for the company, the relief, and now a place to put my cup.



Sauce Boss Live

March 25, 2020

Sauce Boss LIVE Stream!  Sunday service airing on Facebook LIVE on March 29 at 7:30 pm.  I will be preachin the blues, singin my songs, tellin the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I may even do a little cookin for y’all. The saga of the Sauce Boss will be laid bare for all to see. The backstory of the tunes is a bit of a roller coaster. Some might say I have a checkered past. I prefer to think of it as an adventure. Gonna be some fun and I’m looking forward to sharing a little bit of my world with all y’all. 

I’ve really enjoyed hangin at the house with absolutely no schedule to get in the way of living life. I’ve been busy doing… stuff, and writing, and workin in my garden. We had three of these beds and we just added three more, and now I actually have a few months to really make it happen. It’s been forty years since I was around enough to have a serious garden.

My first selfie…forty years ago. The good ol days.

Yes, we had a beautiful garden. Being connected to cannabis was a spiritual journey, which I’m happy to say just gets better. Read the story in my Book,

“The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy: (Y’all Don’t Know the Half of It)”.

I will spill some of the beans on my live video on Sunday March 29. Stories, tunes, and talkin with the Sauce Boss.

Moonpie, one badass chick

My daughter, Mary Wharton has been working on a movie project which I am extremely proud to be part of. I have contributed seventeen pieces of my music for the Original Score, recording new music as well as remixing some Sauce Boss favorites. The name of the movie…”Jimmy Carter  Rock and Roll President.” Mary is the Producer and Director. The movie has stellar performances from The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Muddy Waters, Garth Brooks, Dizzy Gillespie, Marshall Tucker, and Charlie Daniels, to name a few. The interviews include Bob Dylan fawning over President Carter. (When’s the last time you saw Dylan fawning over anything?!) It includes John Wayne wishing the President well. (huh?) Times have changed. After hanging in the thick of the New York rock video scene for the last few decades, Grammy winning Mary (we call her Moonpie) has honed her chops enough to make this flick JUMP! The movie is a rockumentary about how the above mentioned musicians rallied behind the South Georgia peanut farmer, lighting his path to the White House. The attention these musicians gave to Jimmy Carter as being “one of us”, gave the whole country another choice after the corruption of the Nixon years. The movie follows Jimmy through his presidency, and all the way to today as he builds houses for the poor and promotes peace and equality all over the world. His unshakeable faith shines through the whole story.

The movie was scheduled to premiere April 15 in New York City at the Beacon Theatre, kicking off the Tribeca Film Festival, but due to the Corona Virus, the festival has been postponed.

Here’s a link to the Tribeca Film Festival’s press release:


I’ll let y’all know when it is rescheduled.

Check this out:

Independent musicians have taken big hits in the last few  years. First Spotify and other streaming services have taken a significant bite out of our income. Here’s the proof:

There was a time when CD sales were a significant part of my income. That income is mostly gone. Now without live performances we are further impacted. I know that everyone is having to deal with financial uncertainty, but if you have a few bucks, please take a few that you would spend on going out, and think about buying artists’ works. For me it’s CDs, my book and my hot sauce. If you are set for sauce, but you’d like to help out, you can buy a gift certificate and use it later. Thank you for your support all these years.

Liquid Summer Ginger Tea
Here’s a recipe to make you feel better.
1 inch of fresh ginger peeled and  grated
Liquid Summer Hot Sauce
I teabag of Chamomile
Grated Turmeric (optional)
Whiskey (optional)

Datil Peppers

Like mellower habaneros with a creeper burn coming up slow from the bottom, giving you a few seconds to taste everything in the dish before the warmth swells like a symphony in your mouth.

February 29. 2020 (Before it hit)


I was staring down into this dark and very strong cup of Turkish tea, and musing upon the events leading up to this moment. The million miles I rode to the gigs, and the countless flights, the generosity of the folks that helped out along the way, the musicians that accompanied me, the good times, the bad times, and the love we all shared through this quixotic gumbo crusade. I have been so lucky to play my music and make my way to this place. Today was a special day for me. Not because I had a killer gig. Not because I’m still able to kick some musical butt. Not because I was able to send my message of sharing to a huge audience. Not because the response of the beautiful public was humbling and overwhelming, Not because of the respect I received for my songs, my performance, and for being who I am. All these things are so gratifying and important to me, and today was one of those charmed events where everything fell right into place without pushing anything. After a picture perfect day with a serious lick hit, and a spectacular Turkish dinner and dessert from heaven, after all this I realize what was truly special about today was the hugs. Hundreds of hugs. I realized that from the first hug that this might be the last time I hug this person. All the hugs were full, and I was too as I stared down into this dark and very strong cup of Turkish tea.

Meanwhile, spring is here.




Catch me: Jimmy Carter Documentary and a Northeast Run

November 24, 2019

Northeast Run Details.
Here ya go… 
Dec 4 Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo NY
Dec 5  120 Pub and Grub, Clearfield PA
Dec 6, Moondogs, Pittsburgh PA
Dec 7 Apollo Maennerchor, Sharon PA
Dec 9 Maple City Bowl, Hornell NY
Dec 10 Fanatics Pub, Lima NY
Dec 12 Upper Deck Sports Bar, Mt. Airy MD
. . . .and then a dash back to Tallahassee, FL
Dec 14 Junction at Monroe 5th Anniversary Show with Revival

It looks like 2020 will be an adventure.  Catch me if you can…

Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President
I’m honored to be a part of this project. And I am super proud of my daughter Mary Wharton. For close to 30 years she has been in the thick of the music video scene in New York City. First with VH-1, she started as an associate producer working on 8 Track Flashback, then she worked on the Legends series. She wrote and directed the “Legends” show on Jimi Hendrix. When David Bowie did Legends, he said that Mary’s film was the best thing he’d ever seen about himself. She made herself indispensable and rose to the highest level of hands on producing. Could have gone further but was not into the smarmy executive culture, so she became a freelance producer, doing American Masters, Joan Baez.

From her bio: “Wharton’s work also includes the 2004 Grammy winner, “Sam Cooke: Legend” (VH1, PBS, BBC); the network television specials “Elvis Lives” (NBC, RTL, Channel 4 UK, 2002) and “The Beatles Revolution” (ABC, VH1, 2001); the platinum-selling concert film “Phish: IT” (PBS, 2004); and documentaries for the VH1 “Legends” series about U2, David Bowie, The Doors, Elton John, George Clinton and Jimi Hendrix. She served as a producer on the Grammy-winning documentary “Bruce Springsteen: Wings For Wheels, The Making of Born To Run” (Sony/BMG, 2005) and as an Executive Producer of “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Profile of Maurice Sendak,” directed by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze (HBO, 2009). Wharton has become entrenched in the world of pop music, producing episodes of the VH1 documentary series, “Behind The Music.” Her profiles of Enrique Iglesias (2011), Pitbull (2012) and Train (2012) were big hits in the twitterverse and pushed an immediate surge in sales of those artists’ music – once again proving the power of a good story.”

Grammy winner, Mary Wharton. AKA Moonpie!

Fast forward to the present and we have the 2020 release of “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President.” Executive Producer and Director: Mary Wharton. It’s a documentary of how the music community rallied around Carter, as he made appearances at benefit concerts featuring America’s top shelf artists who not only played, but also made everyone aware that he was “one of us”. The benefit $$$ they made on the weekend provided an ad budget for Monday morning. It worked! The movie follows Jimmy through his time in office and his work up to today as he tirelessly works to promote peace and equality throughout the world. His indomitable faith shines through the whole thing. The concert footage is a virtual who’s who of the greats. Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Charlie Daniels, and U2, just to name a few. And I contributed 17 pieces of my music for the movie garnering original score credit. I’m truly humbled to be in such company, and a part of a really important work. When you see it, you will understand. As always, Mary’s timing is impeccable.

The $5 BBQ 

E & J 5 Buck BBQ
1622 S Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32301 Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m

Cooked to perfection with really good sauce at a super reasonable price makes this walk-up, the place to go when I want a right-now rib. At the E & J 5 Buck BBQ, the people line up to receive  the communion of Q.  A family operation, it’s almost a spiritual endeavor, providing sustenance to some that can’t afford to eat at a fancy restaurant. “A five-dollar bill gets you a meal!” is the motto. And it’s a good count. Ribs, two sides, and a slice of white bread to sop up the extra sauce. (get the extra sauce. It’s sublime. Yup, it’s that good) Highly recommended. Five star award from the Sauce Boss.

The perfect pairing.
Liquid Summer Hot Sauce takes a really good bbq sauce and builds it into a really great  taste experience. The creeper burn allows you to taste everything else in the Q, then swells like a symphony in your mouth. Liquid Summer Will Change Your Life!!! The Hot Sauce For The New Millennium.

Time to reup.

Pumpkin Banana Gingerbread Pancakes

Something special for the holidaze. Hearty and a whole lot of fun, these cakes will stick with ya.

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 (or a couple eggs)
1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp. maple syrup
Sliced bananas

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

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Istanbul, Turkey

The story of  the Sauce Boss in Songs, recipes, photographs, and the real skinny on how it all came to be.

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From the Sauce Boss to all y’all out there on the world wide interweb…

Whatever holiday you’re celebrating, I hope it’s a happy one.

Peace comes from within.

Let it flow.


MOTM 2019: Good Music, Good Food, Good Times!

October 16, 2019

Oct. 19 Tallahassee FL – Bradfordville Blues Club
Oct. 24 Mobile AL – Cedar Street Social Club
Oct. 25 Pensacola Beach FL – Paradise Bar and Grill
Oct. 26 Natchez MS – Smoots
Nov. 1  Key West FL – MOTM Casa Marina Main Stage
Nov. 2  Key West FL – Key West Theatre
Nov. 3 Goodland FL – The Little Bar
Nov 4  Boca Raton FL – Funky Biscuit
Nov 10 Tallahassee FL – Fish Camp at Lake Iamonia
Nov 15 Jacksonville FL – Mudville Grill
NOV 16 Tampa FL – Skippers
Nov 17 Sarasota FL – Private Event
Coming in December: Tour of the Northeast
 Here’s more info. 

The Meeting of the Minds is the international convention of Parrotheads at the Casa Marina in Key West, Florida for a week of tropical rock and roll, libations, seafood, and zaniness. Flip flops, boat motor margaritas, loud shirts, and hangovers in the making are the trademarks of MOTM, and little ol’ cornbread, the Sauce Boss, the red headed stepchild of trop rock is crashing this party one more time!  It’s always a total blast. Thanks for having me.

Meeting of the Minds 2016

3:30 at the Casa Marina on Friday, November 1. And I will be at the Key West Theatre on Saturday, November 2, with Bill Blue and an all star Key West Blues throw down. Might wanna get yer tix for this one soon as it’s selling out.

A few new club dates on this run; I’ve been wanting to get down to the Little Bar in Goodland for a while. I’m also doing the Cedar Street Social Club in Mobile, and Smoots  in Natchez for the first time. The gig at Skippers will be lots of fun with the Right Reverend Billy Wirtz, the Nighthawks, and myself, all in a great big pile, slathered in gumbo. Can’t wait for that one! But I gotta tell ya, all of these places on my schedule are great to play. I feel lucky as can be to be hanging out with the folks I meet on the road. Please share these dates with your peeps. And don’t forget to boogie! You know I will  never... everForget to BOOGIE~~~~.

Longevity Omelette 

(Sung to the tune of “Blowing in the Wind”)
How many times have you reached for the spinach in your refrigerator only to find part of the bag has gone bad? So you have to pick through it or else throw it away. Ugh… I love spinach, but it needs to be used immediately or it’s wasted.
Well, here’s the answer. Longevity greens will last all summer, they require little to no attention to grow bushy plants right outside your door. Problem solved. If you actually tried in your mind to sing that to “Blowing in the Wind”… my life is complete.

This omelette is made with longevity greens, a plant from tropical asia, rich in antioxidants-hence the name. The cool thing is they love the hot summer days which are killers to spinach. Long after other greens have wilted and died, the longevity greens will supply your table with a substitute for spinach. They may have to be covered in the winter on a cold night. Mine made it through the winter without cover in north Florida.
Jalapeño, sweet pepper, mushrooms, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, feta, and longevity greens. Stone ground white corn grits on the side and rye toast. The only thing this omelette needs is a big ol splooge of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.

One more reason I feel like I’m one of the luckiest guys around.How would you like to have an unlimited supply of the finest tasting, most versatile hot sauce anywhere? You can get your own stash at our store.

My recipe/ songbook/ Memoir is available HERE!

Soul Veg.

Soul Vegetarian Restaurant
1205 S Adams St. Tallahassee, Florida
(850) 893-8208
Proud to say my Liquid Summer Habanero Sauce is the house hot sauce for Soul Veg. in Tallahassee.  Y’all need to be eatin yer greens, now, and Soul Veg has the GREENS! Super cool folks making a difference in the community, one dish at a time. It’s not only good for your heart and digestion, it’s also good for your energy, your stamina, your brain, and it’s good for your soul. You douse those red beans and rice with that Liquid Summer, and it sings a high note! Oh…and the mac and cheese is to die for. Tell em the Sauce Boss sent cha.  I’ll see y’all at Soul Veg.

Liquid Summer Hot Sauce Will Change Your Life! Time for y’all to reup. 

Summertime Blues

July 24, 2019

Headed to New York: To finish work on the score of a movie. Super excited to be involved with this project with my daughter Mary Wharton.  (Executive Producer and Director) I have recorded some of it in Tallahassee and Nashville. I’ve also remixed some of my Kingsnake recordings for the movie. Details on the project soon come! Can’t wait to tell all y’all about all of it, but I’m sworn to secrecy. Hope to see y’all at the gigs in Tennessee, New Hampshire, Maine and New York. Schedule.


Mark your calendar for the 2019 Florida Scallop and Music Festival in Port St. Joe. 
This festival is really going to help this town recover from Hurricane Michael last year.  These guys have had a rough time of it. Port St Joe is 13 miles from ground zero where the eye came inland.  Sauce Boss is going to hit the stage on 6:30 on Saturday August 31, followed by the Frank Jones Band.  It is going to be a party!

Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon with Spicy Caramelized Onions

Caution: This recipe is extremely healthy.
Easy does it.
Wild Salmon Filet
Liquid summer Datil and Habanero Hot Sauce
2 large onions chopped
Spicy handmade veggie broth

I keep a gallon plastic bag in the freezer, and while cooking I take the veggie scraps like onion skins, broccoli stalks, asparagus ends, carrots etc. and put em in the gallon bag, and stash it in the freezer. When the bag is full, I cover with water in a crockpot and cook it for a long time (about three hours), let it cool, and then strain and freeze the broth in jars. For this broth recipe I added jalapeño scraps and seeds. This gives the onions a kick.

Mix Liquid Summer Datil and Habanero Sauces and baste the entire filet with the mixture. Chop the onions and sauté in the spicy veggie broth. Cover the fish with the onions and smoke it for about 3 hours ( between 150 and 200 degrees). This recipe uses the flavor of the spicy broth rather than a greasy basting sauce to give flavor to the salmon. Of course the Liquid Summer helps out.

Since 1986, I have never been out of hot sauce.

 Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
991 Thompson PL, Nashville, TN 615-686-5857

This girl does it all. Takes your order, cooks it up and serves you fresh down home Ethiopian cuisine in Nashville, of all places. Beautiful vibe and great tasting comfort food makes this place a warm and friendly destination for dinner. If you’re not familiar with the communal Ethiopian way of eating, you owe it to yourself to try it. Finger food, no forks or knives are used, the different dishes are all spooned onto the spongy flat sourdough bread called Injera. There’s also more Injera rolled up for dipping. The deal is to take a piece of bread and use it as a delivery system for the spicy pungent offerings. In the photo above are red lentils, yellow lentils, collards, potatoes, and grilled lamb. The sauces and juices from all the different dishes seep down and mingle with the bread on the plate. It’s like soppin up a tangy gravy on a sourdough pancake saturated with a wonderful juicy, spicy aromatic flavor. I want some NOW!


Way Down South In the Rain and the Heat!

April 24, 2019

Georgia and the Carolinas and back to Florida (Schedule)
April 27 Thomasville GA, Rose Festival
May 3 West Jefferson NC, Civic Center
May 7 High Point NC, High Point Theatre
May 8 Hickory NC, Planet Gumbo show at Hickory Soup Kitchen
May 9 Morganton NC, Morganton NC Municipal Auditorium
May 11 Morganton NC, private event
May 17 Bluffton SC, Roasting Room
May 18 Columbia SC, BBQ Beer and Bourbon Fest
June 7 Lakeland FL, Union Hall


Sauce Boss and the Planet Gumbo volunteers at Mexico Beach: Su Ecenia, Ruthie Wharton, Sally Morton, Tanya Hollady, and Jeanie Barrett

To all who contributed to Planet Gumbo‘s fund raiser for the Ground Zero Mexico Beach White Tent. We took $1200 in the form of Lowes gift cards. Great job, Linda Blythe at Ground Zero, and to all the Planet Gumbo volunteers who drove to Mexico Beach to help us. We had a great time on the beach playing and cooking gumbo with the survivors of Hurricane Michael! In 2006, Planet Gumbo also brought music and gumbo to New Orleans and Buras, Louisiana, where Hurricane Katrina hit so hard. The damage in Buras LA was similar to Mexico Beach, leveling houses and leaving only slabs of concrete. In Buras, I saw a refrigerator lodged in a tree fifteen feet off the ground. Watch the video that Mary Wharton produced from our trip to Louisiana.  

Planet Gumbo is self contained. Able to bring music and gumbo anywhere this van can go

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Central Florida folks, check out my column in  Static Live Magazine and online

My Book
It’s a cookbook and a songbook with a memoir sandwiched between the photos, music, and recipes. There’s an address on the Internet to listen to the audio files of two-dozen tunes in the book, while you are reading. Listen to the song as you read the story, and also make a dish as you go along from the cookbook to get the taste of the Sauce Boss. The recipes are dynamite, the story is a page turner, and the music is smokin. All the recipes and songs follow the story of my life. It all fits together like the puzzle that is Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton.  Available in paperback at all the shows and on Amazon.   Perfect gift for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!


Music On The Bay 2019 Plus

February 26, 2019

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March 2 Tampa FL
March 9 Thomasville GA
March 16 Nocatee FL
March 17 Arcadia FL
March 22 Jacksonville FL
March 23 Apalachicola FL
March 29 Pensacola Beach FL

March 2, 2019 – Music on the Bay

“This is a one of a kind Trop-Rock festival! The event will start Thursday and the music will keep playing until the last note ending just after sunset on Sunday… We have assembled some of the best Trop Rock musicians on the planet to be a part of this PHenomenal event!”

Awwwlways a major hoot. This will be my sixth time bringing my music and gumbo to the Music on the Bay, and it just gets better and better every year. As always we are partying with a purpose! The event benefits The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

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Vinyl is HERE!
Blind Boy Billy is now available on Vinyl. The recording on this record is pristine and the string arrangements are exquisite! Think Sauce boss with a sousaphone and symphony, and you have an idea of what it sounds like. On the vinyl, it jumps into your lap like your favorite pet. Truly a collectible.

The Life And Times!

Get my Cookbook Memoir HERE!

Peruvian Trucha With Mangos

I’ve got a great fish recipe. The idea came from a little Peruvian restaurant, nestled in the little town of Aguas Caliente, right next to Machu Picchu. After a day of climbing toward the sun, using every muscle in my body negotiating the Inca Trail and navigating the “steps” carved into the mountain, (the steps were about a foot wide. On the right hand side of the steps was a shear wall going hundreds of feet straight up, and on the left side of the steps was nothing for hundreds of feet down, the steps were carved into the cliff), and after getting lost on the way to The cave of the Virgins, wandering through the terraced gardens on the cliffs of Huayna Picchu, after after reaching the top of the mountain, making my way back down to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, and soaking in the hot springs in Aguas Caliente, Sunburned and sore…after all this, I was hongry! So the “trout” with mango hit the spot. It inspired me to do something similar. Instead of the Peruvian Trucha I used a whole filet of salmon and I added red mullet roe, and I made a salsa with big chunks of mangos, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. I baked the salmon. When the fish was mostly done, I covered the whole mess with salsa and finished it off in the broiler. 

Machu Picchu

Foraging on the Skyway

Usually, this little segment of my story is called “Foraging on the Highway”. This time it’s about one of those places where it was difficult to find a bad meal. A place where food quality begins with ingredients grown for the taste rather than the looks of the meats and vegetables. A place that has not totally compromised to the bottom line, almighty dollar mono-culture food production. Istanbul! Here’s a few meals we had last fall in Turkey.

To begin the day: Menemen. Eggs with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Served with yogurt and honey, cheeses and olives.


Fresh sardines and greens.


Rooftop dining with a view of the Blue Mosque. While in Istanbul…CHOPS!


The Spice Bazaar!



Grilled to perfection.


Stuffed Eggplant


A boat trip across the Bosphorus to see how the Asian lamb chops compare.


Mediterranean Crabs. Sweeeeet!


Perhaps the tastiest beef dish I ever ate. The waiter had a six word English vocabulary and was a bit miffed that I could not speak the Turkish language. This was a last minute trip with hardly any time to prepare. What an adventure. Beef hearts. YUMMM!


Dessert. The Turkish people love their “delights”!

Needless to say, I went off my diet…

Stay tuned to this years travelog. Please share the Sauce Boss Adventures the with your friends and family. Sign up to get my musical newsletter/recipe/restaurant review/blog. I am one lucky guy to have this view of the world, I am privileged to be able to share it with all y’all. 

Keep Cookin in 2019!!!!!!




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