Holiday Run

Photo Rob ONeal

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.

 

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