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.

 

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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

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

THANKS!
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

CLICK for complete Sauce Boss Schedule

RECORD RELEASE & BOOK SIGNING EVENTS COMING SOON

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

MOTB
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

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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!!!!!!

 

 

 


BLIND BOY BILLY IS HERE!

January 11, 2019

Get new CD from CD Baby 

And digital downloads on I-tunes and Amazon

Vinyl is coming soon!

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)
Joe Murphy: sousaphone
Dennis Holt: snare drum
Jamie Paul and Jason Eskridge: backing vocals

CD Release Parties and Book Signings coming up:

Summer Crush Winery Ft Pierce Saturday Jan 19th

Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee Friday January 25th

Sauce Boss 2019 Tour Schedule

Liquid Summer Tea 
(LSTea)

With the flu season upon us, this recipe really works. Ruthie makes this when there’s a cleansing in order. It’s delicious. I sometimes add a little fresh ground turmeric for extra fortification.

1 Tbsp Liquid Summer Hot Sauce 

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp lemon juice

Chamomile tea

Ground turmeric (optional)

Ceramic planter by Annie Wharton


Holiday Shows

November 28, 2018

Northern run: Pittsburgh, Lima NY, Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Clearfield PA. Schedule

I have been doing this run for 27 years.  Though it gets a little nippy at times, I love coming north for a few weeks to enjoy the holidays with my friends in the rust belt. Salt of the earth kind of folks who have been listening to my stuff for over a quarter of a century.

For your holiday reading/listening/cooking pleasure:

My memoir is also a songbook and a cookbook. I filet the story of my life, smoke it, and sandwich it between photographs, tunes and recipes. It’s the backstory of a life of sharing food and music. It’s also a story of an outlaw grower of fine cannabis, and his brush with the law. The soundtrack and the recipes follow the story, mixing media like it was cornbread in this one of a kind memoir. Available now, you can order it from Amazon, or you can get an autographed copy at the shows.

Here’s a recipe for instant banana, key lime ice cream from the book.

6 frozen bananas, chopped
3 key limes
3 oz plain yogurt
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Juice the limes and dump all the ingredients into a food processor. Delish

And… there’s Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.
With holiday gatherings and feasting everywhere, Liquid Summer will bring the energy level up in any setting.

Send a little Florida heat to your family and friends, put it on yer breakfast, on yer dinner too, you can shake my sauce all over yer BBQ. Some people eat bacon, some people eat beans, I’d like to throw my hot sauce all over yer collard greens! Liquid Summer will CHANGE your life!

Manzari’s Italian Restaurant
105 E. Miller St. Elmira, New York
607-732-9359
I read in a review of Manzari’s that if you order a salad  this is what they bring you. They had me at that point. I believe that spaghetti, meatball sandwich, or ham sandwich IS the menu. Since 1930 these guys have been dishing out the hand made meatballs, and to this day, Dad still comes in every day to make em. Read the Yelp or Facebook reviews.
“Spotless kitchen”.
“Best sauce and super great meatballs. They do it simple and they do it well. Great family owned place!”
Dinner is $7 or $8. It comes with garlic bread. The locals adore this place. Definitely a destination, this ain’t no chain restaurant. This is family. This is true Italian culture, transplanted in a little out of the way New York town. A “find” is what I call it.

Happy Holidays and Seasoned Greetings!!!!


The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy

October 8, 2018

Blind Boy Billy
Single Release Date – October 19, 2018
If you are not already on the email list: go to sauceboss.com and join it to receive a free download of the song.

Produced by David Davidson
Engineered by Bobby Shin
at The Library Studios, Nashville TN
Cover art by Dick Bangham
One man Band: Bill Wharton
Fiddle: David Davidson

The single is from the upcoming album (Blind Boy Billy), which is the companion to the book, The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy.
In addition to solo one-man band tracks on the album, the Sauce Boss has taken his one-man band and added violin, sousaphone, snare drum and backing singers to tell the ragtime story of an irascible traveling fiddler, Blind Boy Billy.

CD and Vinyl Album to be Released January 11, 2019

It’s no Moby Dick, or Ulysses, but it is unlike any book I have ever seen. From the press release:

The Life and Times of Blind Blind Boy Billy is a memoir. It’s also a songbook (with soundtrack) and a cookbook. Bill Wharton filets the story of his life, smokes it, and sandwiches it between photographs, tunes and recipes. It’s the backstory of a life of sharing food and music. It’s also a story of the outlaw grower of fine cannabis, and his brush with the law. The tunes and the recipes follow the story, with the Sauce Boss mixing media like it was cornbread.”

Kindle Ebook Pre-order
Which contains link to soundtrack online
Release Date October 12, 2019
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J1F266X

Kindle Pre-order for Multimedia Book which contains soundtrack of 20 mp3 songs
(Playable only on Amazon Fire devices and Kindle apps for Android phones and tablets)
Release Date October 19, 2019
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J37KRTX

Paperbook Pre-order at Amazon
Release Date November 2, 2019
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692173099


Coming Soon

Downbeat: 3 PM

Meeting of the Minds!!!!!!!

Here we go again.
Saturday Nov. 3rd at the Casa Marina 5:30 on the main stage.
Sunday Nov. 4 at the Ocean Key Resort 4:30 on the Sunset Stage.
Of course I’ll be playing tunes from my new album, Including the Sauce Boss rendition of I Will Play For Gumbo. I am sooo looking phorward to this one y’all.

While in key west, I might need to have a pink er two. Here’s my cocktail sauce recipe from The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy. 

Cocktail Sauce

2 cups ketchup
Juice of a lemon
1 Tbsp horseradish (or more)
¼ cup Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (or more)

Order Liquid Summer Hot Sauce HERE!


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