The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy

October 8, 2018

Blind Boy Billy
Single Release Date – October 19, 2018
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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!


Rollin, Rollin, Rollin!

May 11, 2018

In so many ways.
I’ve been catching my breath the last few months on the tour schedule, but I’ve been busy getting ready for the next chapter in the adventures of the Sauce Boss. First off, it’s a wrap on the recording of a new LP. Also at the same time, I’ve been working on a memoir, and it’s been a total gas. This thing is both tasty and nasty at the same time.  It’s the backstory of how and when I got to where I got to.  Believe me, it’s a saga.  Things are lining up without a lot of stress. This whole project of projects has a life of its own. The “legs” are walkin out the door.

Here’s the Summer Schedule:
LuLu’s in Gulf Shores and Destin. Then Tennessee, Charleston, Port Charlotte, Sanford, Pensacola Beach, Gainesville, North Carolina, Winnepeg Canada, Philadelphia, Grasonville MD, Long Island, and Bromont Canada. We are still adding dates so stay tuned to sauceboss.com.

 

Get Your Liquid Summer Here!

Datil Peppers!

Like mellower habaneros with a creeper burn coming up slow from the bottom, giving you a few seconds to taste everything in the dish before the warmth swells like a symphony in your mouth.

 

Sorrel and bean Soup
I planted some sorrel and I’m excited to have a perennial green that lasts into the summer. It’s kind of tart and spicy. If you do not have sorrel, you can substitute spinach. This soup is really packed with flavor and  it’s also super easy, and super healthy.
1 large onion chopped
6 cloves garlic minced
5 cups of broth
2 potatoes chopped
1 large carrot chopped
1 can of white beans
2 Tbs grated fresh turmeric (Turmeric is a great blood thinner among other things)
Salt to taste or a little Bragg’s Amino Acid if you’re watching your salt intake
2 Tbs Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (or more!)
2 cups chopped sorrel (or spinach)

Saute’ the onion and garlic or use a little of the broth if you want to avoid the fat. add everything except the sorrel. When the potatoes and carrots are done add the sorrel and cook for a minute or so.

 

Old House Cafe
1274 Bells Hwy Walterboro, South Carolina 29488
Phone (843) 538-2614
Hours
Mon: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue – Sat: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 6:30 am – 3:00 pm

Best Country Cooked Buffet I’ve had in a long time. The cornbread dressing is to die for. I read some reviews that the service is a bit slow on breakfast, but this buffet is served every day and it ROCKS! 

Buuuurp!…Back To Work.


I Will Play For Gumbo 2018

February 8, 2018

Photo: Eric Ilasenko

2018: I’m Still Playing for Gumbo!

Check out the schedule here.

Datil Peppers

 

 

New tunes are killin!  Putting them down  in Nashville, Tennessee. This new project contains the most “Bill Wharton”esque music ever.  We really got it this time. We should be wrapped up in a couple of weeks.   I’ve been working with a long time friend and collaborator, David Davidson. He is producing the recording. We played together for a while, back in the 70s,  in The Wild Blue Yonders, which in its first incarnation was a classical/folk/blues amalgamation. He left Tallahassee to become the Concert Master for the Jacksonville Symphony. Then he moved to Nashville to become one of the most recorded violinists anywhere. Anyhow…I am stoked to the max over what we’ve done. David and I are joined by  Joe Murphy on Sousaphone. The whole proceedings have been recorded by Bobby Shin, an absolute genius of an engineer. Wait till y’all hear this.IMG_3458

Gary Zajac,  Friend of the Blues, passed away yesterday. There’s a big hole in Brevard County, and indeed the world. He called me yesterday to thank me, and we had some tears and a few laughs. That’s Gary…giving thanks to the very end.

Thank You, Mr. Z!


VERY LARGE THANK YOU!

August 30, 2017

Upcoming shows in Destin, Warren OH, Buffalo NY, and Niagara Falls.

Saturday September 2 @ 7 pm

September 13 @ 7 pm

September 15 @ 7pm

September 16 @ 1:30 pm

Sauce Boss Summer Tour took us from Tallahassee to San Diego and back, then up to Maine and back. 11,500 miles on those two runs. And that does not count the flight to Montana and back.

Here are some shots from a few of the the gigs, sightseeing, and some food along the way.

 

The Alamo

Pecos River

Judge Roy Bean’s

City of Rocks. New Mexico

 

City of Rocks

Sunset New Mexico

Sabino Canyon. 111 degrees

San Diego Parrothead Club with Washboard Willie.

Los Angeles Farmers Market with babes!

Zion in Utah

It gets HOT in Zion

The Utah Arts Festival

Jammin with one of the guests at the Volunteers of America Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City. A homeless shelter for teens. These kids are as cool as it gets.

Wilsons Arch Utah

Piedra Canyon near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We spent a couple of days at the hot springs, hiking, soaking and expanding our minds.

Santa Fe Holiday. The food, the art, the music, the culture. Beautiful!

Amarillo, Texas.

The Central Oklahoma Parrothead Club in Oklahoma City really threw down on this one.

The lovely and Super talented Vanessa Collier joins me at the Greenwood Blues Cruise, bringin down the house. What a spirit this young woman has!

Caught red handed!  That’s not on my diet!!!! Sittin on the curb, eatin South Carolina BBQ Hash after my set.  I just could not resist. When I was a kid, my grandaddy made this stuff.  Life is good!

A Taste of Summer.
Billings Montana

Pictograph Caves. Billings, Montana. 2000 year old paintings.

Earth Wind and Fire in D.C.

Baby Jake and Walter Tates joining me at Big Owl Tiki Bar. Always epic at Big Al’s place.

Gorgeous day off in D.C. While trecking for museum to museum, we chanced upon this little tiny park with tis statue of Mahatma Ghandi. The man who broke the yoke of the British Empire. This man changed the world by making it clear that we can do the same. In this time of crazy world events, doing the right thing is imperative. His words: “My life is my message”

The Community for Creative Non-Violence. The largest homeless facility in the Country with 1300 clients.

For any railroad enthusiast, this is a must see, (hear, feel, experience). The screech of the brakes, the incredible mass of iron surrounding you, the power of half a dozen engines surging round the curve, kinetic, otherworldly. Unlike anything I have ever experienced.

The band apartment at Balloons in Ellicottville, New York. Talk about band friendly!

Erie, Pennsylvania.

Wild Alaskan Nova on pumpernickel. Russ & Daughters, New York City

CAUTION!
Nawlins. Long Island, New York.

Black Eyed Salley’s. Hartford, Connecticut.

The crowd at the Jimmy Buffett Concert in Mansfield, Mass. Sold out in six minutes!

While in Maine…

Neddick, Maine

Turner’s Fettuccine with clams and lobster. Salem, Mass.

Memorial to those executed for witchcraft.

Gettysburg Battlefield. Very dark mojo in this place. There’s still something goin on here.

Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia with one of the greats, Walter Tates.

A VERY LARGE THANK YOU goes out to all the Gumbo Heads out there who came to the shows this Summer! Without your ears, I would be nothing. Together, we have broken down the barriers between audience and performers, transforming the nights into celebrations of community and love. Keep Cookin!

 

 

 


2017 Summer Tour: The Northern Leg

July 24, 2017


Billings, Montana! Then Pittsburgh, Kent Narrows, Ellicottville, Hartford, Arundel, ME, Mount Airy, Washington D.C. Here’s the info on all these dates.

 

Liquid Summer Hot Sauce Will Change Your Life! Order yours HERE!

 

 The Westward Leg

In June, we stopped for a few days at Faywood Hot Springs to re-up our minerals. The springs are close to the City of Rocks, a formation that resembles petro behemoths engaged in their daily business. They actually look as though they are conversing.

Sunset in New Mexico

Sabino Canyon

The Desert Sharks in Tucson threw a great party. While I was there, I had to revisit Sabino Canyon. I have some great memories of the sound of my old 1933 National Steel Guitar bouncing off those rocks forty years ago. It was a magical, spiritual experience that I still carry with me today.

San Diego was a blast. Those folks know how to live it up!  We then headed to Los Angeles to visit Annie Wharton. Granddaughter Emma Wharton joined us for the L A hang.

On the way to Salt Lake City, we went through Zion National Park. 

Zion National Park gets pretty hot in the Summertime.


 

“The geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area includes nine formations that together represent 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation. At various periods in that time warm, shallow seas, streams, ponds and lakes, vast deserts, and dry near-shore environments covered the area. Uplift associated with the creation of the Colorado Plateaus lifted the region 10,000 feet (3,000 m) starting 13 million years ago.” (Wikipedia).

Zion Canyon near the park entrance. Vistas abound.

 

The Utah Arts Festival was spectacular! With 20,000 people crowded together, their top notch organization and production made this the best load in ever. They were hungry for the music as well as the gumbo. One of those perfect evenings.

The ride…
from Salt Lake City to Pagosa Springs, Colorado has the most varied ecosystems I’ve ever seen. At every turn. a different crop of flora greets you, and the geology is awesome.

Wilson Arch

El Charro Loco 812 S Main St Moab, UT 84532  (435) 355-0854

This modest little Mexican cantina is eat up with charm. But don’t let the modesty fool ya, because the attention to detail from the kitchen is akin to the upscale restaurants you find in big cities. This is not fast food, and sometimes, like all small operations, they get backed up in the kitchen, however the wait is well worth it. Some of the best enchiladas I ever had, with a red sauce almost reminiscent of an Italian gravy melting in your mouth. Ever had a mashed potato enchilada? Delish!!  This is real deal artistry which is so hard to find these days.

Pagosa Springs  is the source of some mighty hot mineral water. Really hot, and really minerally.  So between Salt Lake City and Amarillo, we spent a few days at the Healing Waters Resort and Spa. 105, 108, and 112 degrees are the temps of the three pools. (I believe they get a tad hotter on occasion) Between soaks, I would recommend an easy walk through the Piedra River Canyon.

 

Amarillo, Texas! 

 

Oklahoma city! We Drank For Gumbo!

The Northwest Arkansas Parrothead Club’s “Guitars and Gumbo”

Greenwood, South Carolina

So I ended up in the beautiful community of Greenwood, South Carolina for the 17th Annual Blues Cruise. Just a few miles from my Paternal Grandparents home in Cross Hill. They moved to Orlando in the teens of the twentieth century, making me a second generation Floridian. Vanessa Collier made my day when she joined me for an amazing rendition of my tune, “Lonely Girl”. What a spirit this girl has! If you have a chance, go…just GO!

And NOW!
Flying out to Billings. When I return, I will hit the ground running. See y’all up north, and…KEEP COOKIN!

 

 


Summer Tour Begins!

June 7, 2017

Tucson, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Greenwood, SC.  

I’ve been gearin up for a little run out west. New tunes, mods on the van and on my rig. Gonna sound sweeet! Please tell yer friends in these locales that the Sauce Boss is bringin it to em. Schedule.

Dye’s Gullah Fixins
7605 W. Main Street, Ridgeland, SC 29936


Right off I-95, this comforting soulful, made from scratch the way ya mama made it, Gullah restaurant is the real deal. I believe LOVE is the first ingredient on each recipe. Dye makes a very tasty garlic hot sauce. Dye’s Gullah Fixins was featured in National Geographic. Makes ya feel good just sittin in the place.  And when you taste it…Woah, LOOK OUT!!!!
Call ahead for reservations if you want guaranteed seating – 843-645-0806
Or Email: dye908@gmail.com

 

My granddaddy’s BBQ Hash.
Many stories in our family were told, sitting around, eating this old South Carolina recipe. This time I put a little goat meat on the grill to honor my name sake, William Watts Wharton Sr. A few departures from his recipe: I smoke the meat first, and also I use Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.

First, Smoke the Meat

1 Lb. beef chuck roast
2 Lb. goat shoulder steak
3 Lb. pork boneless Boston butt

1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce
¼ cup vinegar
3 Tbs. honey
Liquid Summer Hot Sauce to taste

Trim excess fat from meat and smoke it in a charcoal smoker for 3 hours. Cut it up in one inch cubes, and cover with water in a large cast iron pot. Boil the meat until tender. Take the meat out and shred it discarding any bones or fat.

Make more than you need, cauce you will always want more than you have.

Put the meat back into the water. Add vinegar, chili sauce, and honey. Cook it down till the juice is almost all gone. Add the Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. Serve on a bun with a big slice of onion and a splash of Liquid Summer.

 

My condolences to the whole world for the loss we have suffered in the music community. This is as close as you’re gonna get to immortality. What a run. Sail on Brothers. A free download of my homage to the Allman Brothers, Keep It In Your Song.

 

 

 

 

 


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.
aweshackphoto

 

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

 


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