Spellbound 2015


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Here Come the Sauce Boss!
The Alley – Sanford, Florida
Ace’s – Bradenton, Florida
Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, Georgia
Fitzgerald’s – Chicago, Illinois
BB’s – St Louis, Missouri

I figured it out. Took me a while…just bumpin along, doin my do, playin my songs, cookin the food, figurin all the while…thinkin, putting stuff together, rollin down the highway. Over a million miles, over 200,000 bowls of gumbo served for free. Over and over. I finally figured it out. This is how to take a tour. After five weeks on the road, I’m feelin better than I did when I left. Couple o’ years ago when I began this Quixotic one man band picaresque, I was not sure I could survive, much less make it work as a solo guy. I am now relaxing into the role. Or “roll”? Or both. Somehow the work and vacation have merged. Totally in the moment of creating music. I love it. Whatever the venue, the crowd was “spellbound”. Here’s how it went down.

A sign from Heaven. You know it's gonna be a good tour when there's a double rainbow over South of the Border!

A sign from Heaven. You know it’s gonna be a good tour when there’s a double rainbow over South of the Border!

The Baltimore Crab and Beer Festival. Properly fed and lubricated good fun.

The Baltimore Crab and Beer Festival. Properly fed and lubricated good fun.

We were proud to attend the Pridefest in DC.  We were all so proud of being what we are. Lots of proud people walking around bein proud.

We were proud to attend the Pridefest in DC. We were all so proud of being what we are. Lots of proud people walking around bein proud.

Had to stop in at Madams Organ to see

Had to stop in at Madams Organ to see “One of the Greats”, Walter Tates! Left to right: Mr Tates, Trumpet player, Bouncer, and bouncee. Walter’s band, One Night Stand, has had the Monday gig at Madam’s for 17 years. They have the funk.

5Spaghetti

The best spaghetti I ever had. Franco’s in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Maria made the spaghetti. She put the love in it. I don't believe I ate the whole thing. Couldn't stop.

Maria made the spaghetti. She put the love in it. I don’t believe I ate the whole thing. Couldn’t stop.

7Parkers

Robert Parker and his brother Kenny keep Buffalo rockin. Jambushed again.

Then Biscuit Miller and Dr. Love walk in and the cut loose cuts loose.

Then Biscuit Miller and Dr. Love walk in and the cut loose cuts loose.

8000 saw the Sauce Boss at the Rochester Jazz Festival

A crowd of 8000 at the Rochester Jazz Festival

Lot a People to feed.

Lotta People to feed.

They were hungry for the blues and hungry for gumbo.

They were hungry for the blues and hungry for gumbo.

11Ballones

JP Soars and the Red Hots joined me for an epic set at Balloons. The day before, I sat in with them. Great two day hang with the smoothest guys around.

Warren and Cleveland, Ohio

Up a Creek in Warren, Ohio

With a day off in Pittsburgh, I had to see the Warhol Museum. One of the coolest museums I’ve been to. No photos allowed but I did do a screen test while I was there. Here’s a link: http://warholscreentest.com/v/AWM/Bill_s_Screen_Test-63570837943466

13WallOfDogs

Playin up side the wall of dogs. That’s me…the dog with the chef hat and gumbo pot. Each dog has been signed by the artist at Moondogs in Pittsburgh. Pretty good company on that wall!

14Wilberts

These guys were diggin it. Cleveland is aways ready for dinner. Wilbert’s!

Day off in Philly. Soakin up some culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  for a show of Early Impressionists.

Day off in Philly. Soakin up some culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a show of Early Impressionists.

Then a concert. Brian Wilson. I came for the Front act. Rodriguez.

Then a concert. Brian Wilson. I came for the Front act: Rodriguez.

The Lizzie Rose Music Room. A Victorian house with the blues.  50 chairs filled with pure listening.

The Lizzie Rose Music Room. A Victorian house with the blues. 50 chairs filled with pure listening.

Beautiful inside and out, this is a great room to spend the evening.

Beautiful inside and out, this is a great room to spend the evening.

Moonpie!  Berried in Black raspberries. 4th of July with Michael and Mary.

Moonpie!
Berried in Black raspberries. 4th of July with Michael and Mary.

The best dessert ever. Black raspberries with mint, rum, Croatian grappa, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Mary made the best dessert ever. Black raspberries with mint, rum, Croatian grappa, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

While in Maine,  eat the seafood. Smoked scallops, mussels, and salmon with some raw cold water oysters. Brown bread. Killin!

While in Maine, eat the seafood. Smoked scallops, mussels, and salmon with some raw, cold water oysters. Brown bread. Killin!

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Doin the Acadia swagger

Doin the Acadia.

Pause in the hike to snack on the wild huckleberries.

Pause in the hike to snack on the wild blueberries.

Delish

Delish

My trusty side kick, my manager, my squeeze, my Sancho.

My trusty side kick, my manager, my squeeze, my Sancho.

Bah Haaabah

Bah Haaabah

When in Maine...eat the seafood. Oysters and lobster. Salad with local goat cheese.

When in Maine…eat the seafood. Oysters and lobster. Salad with local goat cheese. And…a very tasty local blueberry beer.

The Grand in Elsworth, Maine.

The Grand in Ellsworth, Maine.

Mont Tremblant Blues Festival. Last gig on the tour, but certainly not the least. This was my third time playing this festival. It gets better every time. They were ready for me. The real surprise for me on this gig was the rapt attention that everyone gave me. as a matter of fact at all the gigs on this tour , I was greeted with spellbound attention from all the  public in all the places. From a 50 seat listening room to an 8000 strong  street festival, the vibe was filled with reverence for the music and for the sharing of the gumbo.

Tremblant International Blues Festival. Last gig on the tour, but certainly not the least. This was my third time playing this festival. It gets better every time. They were ready for me. Fantastic tour! From a 50 seat listening room to an 8000 strong street festival, the vibe was filled with reverence for the music and for the sharing of the gumbo.

Kickin it in Canada with Ruthie Wharton. She has my back. And my front too.

Kickin it in Canada with Ruthie Wharton. She has my back. (Photo by Barry McIntyre)

Foraging on the highway. If you're ever in Albany, NY, Kinnaree has an amazing jungle curry with fresh black pepper corms. Makes for a good lunch for the long ride home.

Foraging on the highway. If you’re ever in Downtown Albany, NY, Kinnaree has an amazing jungle curry with fresh black pepper corms.

Takin my time. One last stop at the beach to revitalize tired driving muscles. Soak up the minerals. Chill for a few minutes, and then arrive at the house relaxed and super chill.

One last stop at the beach to revitalize tired driving muscles. Soak up the minerals, then it’s home.

Thanks: Greg Nivens and the Trigger Agency, Walter Tates and One night Stand, Fred Danelle and Maria, (yum), Cloud 9 and Franco’s, Robert and Kenny Parker, Biscuit Miller, Dr. Love, Anita West, The Armor Inn Tap Room, Karl Takacs, John Nugent and the Rochester Jazz Festival, Mike Kerns et all at Balloons, JP Soars, Chris Peet, Steve Laudicina, Charles Gasper, Mark Matash and Up a Creek, Nick Conti, Moondog and Billie, Harold “Don’t forget to Boogie” Mursky and Sis. Mike Miller and Wilbert’s, Lou and Marsha Reichert and The Lizzy Rose Music Room, Mary Wharton and Michael Freedman, Loretta and Waylon, Gail Thompson, Kimberly Fitch, and Garrett at The Grand, Fritz Homas at WERU, Barry McIntyre, and Brian Slack and Tremblant International Blues Festival. The crews at all the venues. And also thanks to all who came to listen to my music and have a little dinner.

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