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

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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. 

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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!!!!


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