The Sauce Boss took his one-man band to Nashville to make his latest recording. On the title cut he is joined by violin, sousaphone, snare drum, and backing singers to tell the story of Blind Boy Billy, an irascible traveling fiddle player. The ragtime tune careens off the road into a down home fiddle stomp and ends up playing the blues away.
“I Will Play For Gumbo” is Jimmy Buffett’s zydeco-flavored homage to the Sauce Boss. Buffett sings:
“The Sauce Boss does his cookin’ on the stage
Singing and a-picking for his nightly wage
Sweating and a frettin’ from his head to his toe
Playin’ and swayin’ with the gumbo.”
This version, done as only the Sauce Boss can do it, ROCKS with one-man band and sousaphone.
“Lonely Girl” is a heart wrenching duet with the Boss and viola.
The one-man band rocks “Little Driver”.
A soul singer, with an acoustic guitar, and a sousaphone paint a picture of a guy sitting on the “Dock of the Bay” in this cover of Otis Redding’s classic tune. “What She Gonna Do” begs the question: how funky can a one-man blues groove get? “Pleasures of the Deep” ends the album with a soulful Sauce Boss singing with a very lush string quartet.
Produced by David Davidson, Bobby Shin: engineer at The Library Studios, Nashville TN
Bill Wharton: vocal, guitar and one-man band
David Davidson: violin, viola, and string arrangement
String quartet on “Pleasures of the Deep”: David Davidson and David Angell (violins), Monisa Angell (viola), Carol Rabinowitz (cello)