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!


Tallahassee to key west and Some In Between

October 24, 2017

 

Tallahassee, Miami, key west, Sebastian, Delray Beach, Zephyrhills, Sanford, Brooksville, Monticello.

3 pm October 28.

October 28 is a double. After the Jazz and Blues Fest, I will throw down at the Junction @ Monroe. with Mel Melton on harp and rubboard. Mel was Sonny Landreth’s harmonica man for years. He’s also a chef so we will be stirrin it up. Dylan “Ragpicker” Allen will open the show. On Halloween I will be cooking in Miami at a homeless shelter. And then

THE MEETING OF THE MINDS
The international  convention of Parrotheads converging on key west for a week of trop rockin.


Here’s my schedule for MOTM.
Wed. November 1,  at 6 pm. CW Colt Backyard Concert Charity Series. Proceeds to help the Keys recover.
Thurs. November 2, at 11:45 pm. The Casa Marina on the Beach Stage with Mel Melton.
Fri. November 3, at 5:30 pm. The Ocean Key Resort.

Then I’ll be workin my way back home.
Saturday, November 4, at the Titanic in Miami
Sunday, November 5, at Earls Hideaway in Sebastian with
J P Soars and the Red Hots
Tuesday, November 7, at Bostons on the Beach in Delray Beach
Thursday, November 9, at Rhythm and Brews in Zephyrhills
Saturday, November, 11 at the Alley in Sanford
Sunday, November 12, at the Riverhawk Music Festival in Brooksville
Friday, November 17, at the Downtown Getdown in Tallahassee
Friday, December 1, at the Monticello Opera House inwell, you know.

FOR MORE DETAILS SAUCEBOSS.COM

Liquid Summer Cocktail Sauce

Key West Pinks

3 Tbs Liquid Summer Datil Sauce (or more!)
1 Tbs Horseradish
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Catsup to taste
Liquid Summer makes the best cocktail sauce. This is one of my favorite recipes. The datil peppers merging with the lemon and catsup. There’s an immediate zing from the horseradish, and then the datils come up slow from the bottom, crescendoing into a tart, heady, spicy, melange of flavor that explodes  all over the fat of the shrimp…want some…

Buy Liquid Summer Here!

The Hot Sauce For The New Millennium

 

I have had a magical year.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I travel around and I play my own music . . . exclusively my own music! What did I do to deserve this artistic carte blanche?  Well… workin my ass off for fifty years has helped, however, I couldn’t have done it without y’all. So here’s a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the shows, to the venues and their staffs, to the festivals and the parties, to the promoters, agents, radio, and press, to the Parrothead clubs and the Blues societies, to the monster musicians that sat in with me, to Peach and Dale Hench, and to Ruthie Wharton. I’m talkin ’bout ALL Y’ALL!!

AND… THANK YOU, Jimmy Buffett!  Your song, “I Will Play For Gumbo” has made a big difference in my schedule. All these guys in loud shirts keep showin up to the gigs. But more than that, I know now, that I can bring the good weather to the blues. It’s all about the attitude. So again, much love, keep cookin, and I’ll see ya down the road.


Haul of Fame

February 13, 2017

sbcitrusSt. Pete, Delaware, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, New Smyrna, Palm Coast, Chester SC, Bluffton SC, Tallahassee

Sauce Boss to be honored.
On March 5th, I’m gonna party down with my good friends Albert Castiglia, and Selwyn Birchwood, along with Les Dudek, Rick Derringer, and Mike Pinera, at the Florida Musicians Awards Hall of Fame. Burt Reynolds  will receive the Humanitarian Award. and Jerry Mathers will be stirrin the gumbo. Yep, that’s the Beaver y’all. The Beave is hosting the event, and it’s gonna be one hell of a jam. Seating is ticketed, so now’s the time to reserve a good seat. Check out the video here. And more info here

                                          This weekend!jazz-flyer

Liquid Summer Thai Salad

lsthaisaladOnions,tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, honey

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One of my favorite dishes using Liquid Summer Hot Sauce is spaghetti sauce over angel hair pasta. I will use just a little bit, where it’s almost imperceptible. But it marries all the other ingredients together, giving the sauce a character, like almost an identity, a presence that says, “Hello!” without the burn.

                                          Music on the Bay March 4thp6wuhko

The Awe Shack  
2510 Conway Rd. Suite 101 Gambrills, Maryland    21054 410-721-5022    TheAweShack@gmail.com
When I saw the name, I was skeptical. However when I tasted the food, I was a believer in the awesomeness of this little kabob place between Baltimore and DC. (Right near the intersection of I-97 and Hwy 3.  It’s a nice ride if you want to avoid the DC traffic) And when you get there, you will be rewarded. …I promise. Once in a great while, a truly great meal comes out of nowhere. A surprise, a sleeper, a complete flabbergast, that hits you up side the head like a brick… of pure flavor. I had a meal like that at this little kabob house between B’more and DC. The name is a play on “Aushak”- an Afghani handmade ravioli stuffed with scallions and leeks, topped with a traditional mint-garlic yogurt dressing, ground sirloin, and cilantro. All meats and vegetables used at the Awe Shack are organic, and the veggies are locally grown.  The “Right-out-of-the-tandoor bread” is crazy good. . The quality of ingredients, the attention to detail, and obvious love of cooking makes The Awe Shack truly awesome.
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Thanks for the award, But…
Gotta say thanks to all who have congratulated me with the “Bout Time” comments on the social media. When I got the call about the Hall of Fame gig, I was blindsided. I must admit, it was kinda fun to puff up for a couple of days. Feel important, give the big bad world a little “I told ya so”.  Then I came back to planet Earth, and the humbling  began. I couldn’t have done it without folks who have supported me for all these years. Back when I began my quixotic gumbo crusade, I had no idea that traveling from A to B would involve such an effort. All along the way, some people would tell me, “I would never go up north in the blizzards of winter”. Or, “Don’t you get tired of riding in the van and waiting around in airports”? But for those smiling faces at the gigs, it’s all right here. It’s all right now. Not a rehearsal. This is it, for whatever it  will be. I guess I’ve been traveling from A to BE! Yeah, the “Be” is where I ended up. Everything between the A and the B is the “Be”. All for the better. And there’s one person who I must congratulate, and thank more than any other. My friend and companion for my lifetime, Ruth Wharton. On February 25th, we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  I am giggin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and  she will be at my side. Yup, braving the blizzard or the sunshine, we are in it for the long haul. And THAT’S… why I call it the “Haul of Fame”.

meruthie

 


Killer Jams, Swimmin Holes, and Lotsa Bacon

August 8, 2016

“Cool stuff happenin.  Cool stuff ahead.”
 I told myself this lie so many times, it came true.

 

Benefit for Barnacle Bill’s Employees.

9 PM Saturday, August 13 The Junction @ Monroe

Saturday, August 13 The Junction @ Monroe 

Tallahassee’s legendary raw bar burned down on August 1, and so their employees are out of work. I played many a night at this place back in the day, or as I call it, “The BAD ol days”!  Come on down to The Junction @ Monroe, and join us for a great party and a great cause.  I’m on at 9 PM!  For details and complete tour schedule see sauceboss.com/tour

Whooee! What a Summer! Here’s just a few of my meanderings.

BMW

The BMW Owners of America International Rally 2016 Hamburg, New York

1eSmokedMackeral

Smoked Mackerel with summer salads.  Dressing? Liquid Summer Hot Sauce!
Get your Liquid Summer Hot Sauce HERE!

3aJeffSprs

Warm Springs, Virginia.
I have “taken the waters” from hot springs in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Costa Rica, Germany, France, Hungary, Peru, and now Virginia. Jefferson Pools is at the top of the heap as far as the feel good factor goes. A warm 98 degrees of heavy mineral content refreshes and invigorates when you step out of the pool into the cool mountain breeze. And your skin feels like silk. The Gentleman’s Bathhouse was constructed in 1761, making it the oldest spa structure in the US. The Pool’s namesake described the water as of the “First Merit”. Yes, Thomas Jefferson loved this place. So do I…

5BigOwl

Big Al’s Big Owl Tiki Bar: Another Dimension!

5cHydroBasil

Sauce Boss Life Hack. Hydroponic basil stays fresh in the cup holder. Smells good.

6aBacon

THE BACON EATING CONTEST!
The Last Supper of Bacon. Epic carnivorous adventure at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Fest

6fWorldsEndSwim

Worlds End State Park
The rock shelf makes for a nice swimming pool/mountain stream kinda feel. Take a dip in this river and your whole body tingles.

6fzRusticPancake

Rustic Buckwheat Cakes with walnuts, oats, bananas, and mangos, slathered with maple syrup. This will hang with ya. SLAMMIN!

6fyWatkinsGlen

Watkins Glen, New York

2TikiTom
Tiki Tom! Nuff Said…

CaseLittle
Third set of wheels for my baby. Keal Cases are the best! They sent me new replacement wheels both times. For free!

6h8thLake

Camping on the Eighth Lake in The Adirondacks.

6JPSBBalloonsLittle

JP Soars. Cigar Box Guitar Wizard.

10Letchworth

Letchworth State Park, New York.

9TasteBuffalo

Taste of Buffalo. 450,000 hongry people hit the street. I love playin for foodies.

6g8thImpressionist

This impressionist painting is actually a photograph of pebbles on the bank with the reflection of the sky and trees, melding with the lake bottom. 8th Lake Adirondacks.

BigDogBig Dog: Albert Castiglia’s album featuring my tune “Let the Big Dog Eat”  has been #1 on Roots Music Review for ten weeks! Here’s Me and Albert, and Rockin Jake jammin “Let the Big Dog Eat” at the Niagara Falls Blues Fest. Photo: Colleen Mary Johnson.


Ho Ho Ho! The Sauce Boss Is Comin To Town!

November 30, 2015

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Road Trip:  New York, Hartford, DuBoise, Rochester, Syracuse, Sharon, and Pittsburgh.
Yeah, it’s that time again. Every December, for a quarter of a century, I’ve made the trek to the Northeast for my annual holiday tour. I love the way the people come out of the woodwork for indoor sports. Makes me feel like the Creole Santy Claus. Ho, ho, ho, I’m rollin your way!

Here’s the Schedule.

For those in the NYC area, I’m excited to be playing for my good friends at the Bayou  in  Mount Vernon for their Hot Hell Fest on Thursday December 3rd at 9:00 pm. Spicy food, plenty of sauce, and a hot chili pepper eating contest. This is not for the feint of heart. It’s gonna be HOT!

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Time to re-up!
Still time to order yer holiday gifts y’all. Click Here for CDs, LPs, Hot Sauce (Buy a case & share the heat), T Shirts, and Hats.

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So many have asked about this guitar. What is it? OK here is the skinny on the fat sound I get with this amazing guitar. This is the Bill Wharton Special, made by my friend Mike Lewis. Mike is a Parisian luthier who makes resophonic guitars. His company moniker is Fine Resophonic. http://fineresophonic.com/  In addition to being a beautiful instrument, it’s also and incredible work horse. You can hear the National/Dobro “cone” sound clearly, even at high volume. It blows everything else I’ve heard out of the water. It stays in tune, even with the Sauce Boss heavy hand. Mike also makes resophonic ukes. Check out the Fine Resophonic website. It’s a trip. I am honored and humbled to have this great model guitar named after little ol. Thanks Mike!
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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. This is great, healthy eating. 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 your mind. Indeed 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. Really good. Hey, do me a favor. Tell em the Sauce Boss sent cha. Make my day. I’ll see y’all at Soul Veg.

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GingerGlop is a hearty snack that will get you down the road. A no brainer. Quick and easy, a little sweet, and gingery. Kinda like an energy bar all in a lump.
2 cups oatmeal
1 ½ cups flour
4 bananas
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup honey
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbs cinnamon
2 tbl fresh grated ginger
1 tbs vanilla
350 degrees for 10 ish minutes

Wishing all y'all the happiest of holidays, and the best new year yet. 2016 is lookin mighty sweet. Keep Cookin!

Wishing all y’all the happiest of holidays, and the best New Year yet. 2016 is lookin mighty sweet. Keep Cookin!

 

 


Chillin Before the Killin

June 3, 2015

Bout to hit it again.

Baltimore, Williamsport, Buffalo, Rochester, Ellicottville, Warren, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Tuckerton, Ellsworth, Mont Tremblant. From Peckerwood to Canada!

IMG_3976Good News! Six months after the projected delivery date, the 100% Pure LPs have finally arrived. In my opinion, the new vinyl sounds even better than the CD. It’s a completely new approach to a one man band, adding a bass rig to the mix of kick, hat, and high energy slide guitar. The sound is pretty LARGE, but the atmosphere and groove are even bigger. You can swim in the mix on this record. 180 grams of Pure Sauce Boss.
Here’s the latest review:

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Hangin out in the Cockpit. Love my kitchen! I’m still a foodie
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Cockpit
Blueberries
are ripe, and sweet, and plentiful In Jefferson County. Glad I’m not missin em. Inspires me to make this.
BlueCobBlueberry Coffee Cake

My coffee cake with a bunch of blueberries

Oven at 350 degrees

Then sift together:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of flax meal
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup rye flour

In a separate bowl mix:
3 cups blueberries
2 cups walnuts
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey (If you like it real sweet, better use a half…)
Milk (cup or so)

Mix it all together and put in into a greased frying pan. Then apply a heavy dusting of cinnamon, completely covering the top.

Cook for about 40 minutes.
It’s better the next day (if it lasts that long)  as the flavors of the rye and whole wheat are married in the cooling.

Here’s a treasure, I keep in my hipsack.
May 21, 2008, I went for a ride. Meandered to Memphis, where I met the band for three dates on Beale St. Left Memphis Sunday after I attended the services at the Full Gospel Tabernacle with Reverend Al Green  doing the sermon. And the hippest gospel band ever, layin it down!

I’m riding out of Memphis with a huge grin on my face, fortified with the blues and with the gospel communion. I looked over to the west and the biggest, and the blackest, and the scariest cloud of dust and debris that I had ever seen was coming fast toward me. The temperature dropped ten degrees. The first gust almost blew me over. The next was stronger. I kept looking for a funnel. Interesting day…hmmm. I weathered the really wet stuff under a bridge, then continued what would become a 2000 mile commute to the blues. Stoppin in Hot Springs to soak, then on to the Leland, Mississippi Blues Festival. I hear BB’s playin at the Club Ebony. So I’m sitting ten feet from the band, eatin a BBQ pork chop sandwich, watching BB King hold court, and he’s tryin his best to get somewhere with this gorgeous young woman, with the band  smokin like a rack o ribs…
Thank you Riley King.

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