Rollin, Rollin, Rollin!

May 11, 2018

In so many ways.
I’ve been catching my breath the last few months on the tour schedule, but I’ve been busy getting ready for the next chapter in the adventures of the Sauce Boss. First off, it’s a wrap on the recording of a new LP. Also at the same time, I’ve been working on a memoir, and it’s been a total gas. This thing is both tasty and nasty at the same time.  It’s the backstory of how and when I got to where I got to.  Believe me, it’s a saga.  Things are lining up without a lot of stress. This whole project of projects has a life of its own. The “legs” are walkin out the door.

Here’s the Summer Schedule:
LuLu’s in Gulf Shores and Destin. Then Tennessee, Charleston, Port Charlotte, Sanford, Pensacola Beach, Gainesville, North Carolina, Winnepeg Canada, Philadelphia, Grasonville MD, Long Island, and Bromont Canada. We are still adding dates so stay tuned to sauceboss.com.

 

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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.

 

Sorrel and bean Soup
I planted some sorrel and I’m excited to have a perennial green that lasts into the summer. It’s kind of tart and spicy. If you do not have sorrel, you can substitute spinach. This soup is really packed with flavor and  it’s also super easy, and super healthy.
1 large onion chopped
6 cloves garlic minced
5 cups of broth
2 potatoes chopped
1 large carrot chopped
1 can of white beans
2 Tbs grated fresh turmeric (Turmeric is a great blood thinner among other things)
Salt to taste or a little Bragg’s Amino Acid if you’re watching your salt intake
2 Tbs Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (or more!)
2 cups chopped sorrel (or spinach)

Saute’ the onion and garlic or use a little of the broth if you want to avoid the fat. add everything except the sorrel. When the potatoes and carrots are done add the sorrel and cook for a minute or so.

 

Old House Cafe
1274 Bells Hwy Walterboro, South Carolina 29488
Phone (843) 538-2614
Hours
Mon: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue – Sat: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 6:30 am – 3:00 pm

Best Country Cooked Buffet I’ve had in a long time. The cornbread dressing is to die for. I read some reviews that the service is a bit slow on breakfast, but this buffet is served every day and it ROCKS! 

Buuuurp!…Back To Work.


I Will Play For Gumbo 2018

February 8, 2018

Photo: Eric Ilasenko

2018: I’m Still Playing for Gumbo!

Check out the schedule here.

Datil Peppers

 

 

New tunes are killin!  Putting them down  in Nashville, Tennessee. This new project contains the most “Bill Wharton”esque music ever.  We really got it this time. We should be wrapped up in a couple of weeks.   I’ve been working with a long time friend and collaborator, David Davidson. He is producing the recording. We played together for a while, back in the 70s,  in The Wild Blue Yonders, which in its first incarnation was a classical/folk/blues amalgamation. He left Tallahassee to become the Concert Master for the Jacksonville Symphony. Then he moved to Nashville to become one of the most recorded violinists anywhere. Anyhow…I am stoked to the max over what we’ve done. David and I are joined by  Joe Murphy on Sousaphone. The whole proceedings have been recorded by Bobby Shin, an absolute genius of an engineer. Wait till y’all hear this.IMG_3458

Gary Zajac,  Friend of the Blues, passed away yesterday. There’s a big hole in Brevard County, and indeed the world. He called me yesterday to thank me, and we had some tears and a few laughs. That’s Gary…giving thanks to the very end.

Thank You, Mr. Z!


Tallahassee to key west and Some In Between

October 24, 2017

 

Tallahassee, Miami, key west, Sebastian, Delray Beach, Zephyrhills, Sanford, Brooksville, Monticello.

3 pm October 28.

October 28 is a double. After the Jazz and Blues Fest, I will throw down at the Junction @ Monroe. with Mel Melton on harp and rubboard. Mel was Sonny Landreth’s harmonica man for years. He’s also a chef so we will be stirrin it up. Dylan “Ragpicker” Allen will open the show. On Halloween I will be cooking in Miami at a homeless shelter. And then

THE MEETING OF THE MINDS
The international  convention of Parrotheads converging on key west for a week of trop rockin.


Here’s my schedule for MOTM.
Wed. November 1,  at 6 pm. CW Colt Backyard Concert Charity Series. Proceeds to help the Keys recover.
Thurs. November 2, at 11:45 pm. The Casa Marina on the Beach Stage with Mel Melton.
Fri. November 3, at 5:30 pm. The Ocean Key Resort.

Then I’ll be workin my way back home.
Saturday, November 4, at the Titanic in Miami
Sunday, November 5, at Earls Hideaway in Sebastian with
J P Soars and the Red Hots
Tuesday, November 7, at Bostons on the Beach in Delray Beach
Thursday, November 9, at Rhythm and Brews in Zephyrhills
Saturday, November, 11 at the Alley in Sanford
Sunday, November 12, at the Riverhawk Music Festival in Brooksville
Friday, November 17, at the Downtown Getdown in Tallahassee
Friday, December 1, at the Monticello Opera House inwell, you know.

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3 Tbs Liquid Summer Datil Sauce (or more!)
1 Tbs Horseradish
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Catsup to taste
Liquid Summer makes the best cocktail sauce. This is one of my favorite recipes. The datil peppers merging with the lemon and catsup. There’s an immediate zing from the horseradish, and then the datils come up slow from the bottom, crescendoing into a tart, heady, spicy, melange of flavor that explodes  all over the fat of the shrimp…want some…

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I have had a magical year.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I travel around and I play my own music . . . exclusively my own music! What did I do to deserve this artistic carte blanche?  Well… workin my ass off for fifty years has helped, however, I couldn’t have done it without y’all. So here’s a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the shows, to the venues and their staffs, to the festivals and the parties, to the promoters, agents, radio, and press, to the Parrothead clubs and the Blues societies, to the monster musicians that sat in with me, to Peach and Dale Hench, and to Ruthie Wharton. I’m talkin ’bout ALL Y’ALL!!

AND… THANK YOU, Jimmy Buffett!  Your song, “I Will Play For Gumbo” has made a big difference in my schedule. All these guys in loud shirts keep showin up to the gigs. But more than that, I know now, that I can bring the good weather to the blues. It’s all about the attitude. So again, much love, keep cookin, and I’ll see ya down the road.


Bradfordville Blues Club, TONIGHT!!!

September 22, 2017

TONITE!
Friday, September 22, Bradfordville Blues Club.

Niagara Falls Blues Festival With Albert Castiglia

Sauce Boss is back in town after a killer summer of travel.

Erie PA

Come on down for some rockin gumbo, and bluesy swamp-funk. After 14,000 miles of giggin, it’s good to be back in Tallahassee once again.

Utah Arts Festival Salt Lake City

Help celebrate the good times with the only guy who’s been featured in Living Blues, Gourmet Magazine, Esquire, Le Monde, New York Times, CNN, NPR, Blues Review, Relix, and a song written by Jimmy Buffett…to name a few.

Gonna be a beautiful night for rockin the juke.
9 pm downbeat
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VERY LARGE THANK YOU!

August 30, 2017

Upcoming shows in Destin, Warren OH, Buffalo NY, and Niagara Falls.

Saturday September 2 @ 7 pm

September 13 @ 7 pm

September 15 @ 7pm

September 16 @ 1:30 pm

Sauce Boss Summer Tour took us from Tallahassee to San Diego and back, then up to Maine and back. 11,500 miles on those two runs. And that does not count the flight to Montana and back.

Here are some shots from a few of the the gigs, sightseeing, and some food along the way.

 

The Alamo

Pecos River

Judge Roy Bean’s

City of Rocks. New Mexico

 

City of Rocks

Sunset New Mexico

Sabino Canyon. 111 degrees

San Diego Parrothead Club with Washboard Willie.

Los Angeles Farmers Market with babes!

Zion in Utah

It gets HOT in Zion

The Utah Arts Festival

Jammin with one of the guests at the Volunteers of America Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City. A homeless shelter for teens. These kids are as cool as it gets.

Wilsons Arch Utah

Piedra Canyon near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We spent a couple of days at the hot springs, hiking, soaking and expanding our minds.

Santa Fe Holiday. The food, the art, the music, the culture. Beautiful!

Amarillo, Texas.

The Central Oklahoma Parrothead Club in Oklahoma City really threw down on this one.

The lovely and Super talented Vanessa Collier joins me at the Greenwood Blues Cruise, bringin down the house. What a spirit this young woman has!

Caught red handed!  That’s not on my diet!!!! Sittin on the curb, eatin South Carolina BBQ Hash after my set.  I just could not resist. When I was a kid, my grandaddy made this stuff.  Life is good!

A Taste of Summer.
Billings Montana

Pictograph Caves. Billings, Montana. 2000 year old paintings.

Earth Wind and Fire in D.C.

Baby Jake and Walter Tates joining me at Big Owl Tiki Bar. Always epic at Big Al’s place.

Gorgeous day off in D.C. While trecking for museum to museum, we chanced upon this little tiny park with tis statue of Mahatma Ghandi. The man who broke the yoke of the British Empire. This man changed the world by making it clear that we can do the same. In this time of crazy world events, doing the right thing is imperative. His words: “My life is my message”

The Community for Creative Non-Violence. The largest homeless facility in the Country with 1300 clients.

For any railroad enthusiast, this is a must see, (hear, feel, experience). The screech of the brakes, the incredible mass of iron surrounding you, the power of half a dozen engines surging round the curve, kinetic, otherworldly. Unlike anything I have ever experienced.

The band apartment at Balloons in Ellicottville, New York. Talk about band friendly!

Erie, Pennsylvania.

Wild Alaskan Nova on pumpernickel. Russ & Daughters, New York City

CAUTION!
Nawlins. Long Island, New York.

Black Eyed Salley’s. Hartford, Connecticut.

The crowd at the Jimmy Buffett Concert in Mansfield, Mass. Sold out in six minutes!

While in Maine…

Neddick, Maine

Turner’s Fettuccine with clams and lobster. Salem, Mass.

Memorial to those executed for witchcraft.

Gettysburg Battlefield. Very dark mojo in this place. There’s still something goin on here.

Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia with one of the greats, Walter Tates.

A VERY LARGE THANK YOU goes out to all the Gumbo Heads out there who came to the shows this Summer! Without your ears, I would be nothing. Together, we have broken down the barriers between audience and performers, transforming the nights into celebrations of community and love. Keep Cookin!

 

 

 


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.

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 


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