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”.

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Bringin the Heat

November 27, 2016

keyspanoramalittleIt’s gorgeous down here in Florida. Nice and warm. So I’m bringin the heat for the holidays. Scorchin Slide Guitar Boogie, Steamin Gumbo, and Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. Comein to ya. I’m takin it to New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North and South Carolina. But first. I’m playin Boston’s in Delray Beach. Here’s the info.

Albert Castiglia and Sauce Boss gettin the Big Dog

Albert Castiglia and Sauce Boss gettin the Big Dog

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First time playin the rub board.    Haven House, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Planet Gumbo celebrates 14 years of feeding the homeless.
I’ve been volunteering my music and gumbo to those in need since 2002. Planet Gumbo is our charitable 501c3 foundation that supports my efforts to bring gumbo and uplifting music to homeless shelters, and soup kitchens all over the country. It’s not hard for me to take a day once and a while  and share. However it was a really big deal for this little girl in Jeffersonville, Indiana. And also for the little brother stirrin the gumbo. They had a blast!  If you’d like to help: Donate to Planet Gumbo.

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For All Your Hot Holiday Needs, Order Now!

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If yer in Orange Beach Alabama  or Destin Florida, and ya need a gumbo fix, try Lulu’s. She makes a mighty rad gumbo herself!

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Summer Once More

May 16, 2016

Tour Schedule: Carrabelle, Pensacola Beach, Orange Beach, Tallahassee, Chester, SC, Raleigh, Ashland, VA, Washington DC, Kent Narrows MD, Ellicottville NY, Sharon PA, Warren OH, Buffalo NY. More to come.

Celebration of the Life and Music of Majic John
June 5  The Junction @ Monroe  6 – 9 PM

John Michael Jones 1948-2016

Intelligent, funny,  kind, generous, and musically gifted are a few words that come to mind. He was a good man. I first played with Majic John in 1967. Over the next few decades, we did occasional gigs together, played in a few bands together, until 1993, when he became my full time bass player. We spent sixteen years traveling all over the states, as well as Canada and Europe. He was always ready to jump in the van, or hop a flight. He loved to travel to new places, to see the sights, taste the food, and sip the wine and whiskey. We had a real good time. So with tears  of sorrow and joy, I must say, “Bon voyage, my brother”.

Big Dog CD

“Let the Big Dog Eat” rears its head once more. Albert Castiglia (That’s Ka-Steel-Ya) is about to release his latest CD featuring my tune, Let the Big Dog Eat. The song has already debuted at #1 on XM Radio.   It’s done me well: It was used by Jonathan Demme in his movie, “Something Wild”. It was also covered by Alex Taylor (James Taylor’s brother). “Let the Big Dog Eat” was also featured on Jimmy Buffett’s “Late Night Menu at the Margaritaville Cafe” CD. And NOW… Albert does a smokin version of the tune. He would come to see me play at Tobacco Road when he was a boy. Now he’s a Big Dog. Congratulations Albert.

 

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NAZDOROVYE Russian House
307 East 5th Street Austin, TX 78701   512-428-5442
Right next to Antone’s in Austin, Texas, this is a culinary oasis in a neighborhood of over priced tourist traps. It’s like visiting your  Russian relatives at supper time.  All things Russian decorate  the place. The coat rack is full of Russian military coats. The ambience is steeped in the dark atmosphere of some really thick novel, heavy with  what has happened. Like Doctor Zhivago could walk in the door and sit down to dinner. And the bar is…vodka. They gave us free shots.
BorschtLittleI had to try the Borsch.  Delish!  So for a couple of bowls of soup, sauerkraut, bread, and the shots, we got out of there for around $20.

 

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The Wild…
This hawk perched next to the pond behind my studio was curious. I stood within eight feet of him for fifteen minutes and we had a moment of checkin each other out. I’ve had so many close encounters with “The Wild”. When I was a kid I spent a great deal of my time exploring the swamps around my home in Longwood, Florida. There I found a deep respect for the gators, snakes, fowls, and all critters that populated the dark and murky environs. They were real. They showed me awareness of the viscerality of life in the swamp.  I carry that awareness with me to this day. I am wild.
Moose1Once I saw a moose in the Grand Tetons. I had been warned to not get too close, especially if it’s a cow and calf together. They can be very dangerous.
Moose2I moved closer to get a better look. I got a pretty good picture of her.
Moose3Just chillin, havin a drink o that pure Teton stream.
Moose4She was oblivious to my presence.
Moose5Then she looked up. Straight at me.
Moose6Continuing to drink, she kept an eye on me.
Moose7Then she turned around.
Moose8That’s when I noticed the calf.
Moose9Cute little Bullwinkle.
Moose10Mom continued to drink.
Moose11So baby moose wants something to drink also.
Moose12As the calf approaches mom, she looks straight at me…
Moose13Then she walks toward me. She’s checkin me out.
Moose15Just then the calf runs to mother.
Moose17Uh Oh…
Moose18Good Stuff!
Moose19So Mom takes a look around, checkin me out… then… she…
Moose20CHARGES!!!!!
Moose21With her eyes on me and calf in tow.
Moose22She ran right past me.  Her calf is on her heals. And I’m here to tell you bout it. WOW!!!!!

Summer Fruit Salad
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Use what you have, and what you can get. The blackberries, basil (African, Thai, and Italian), and guava flowers are from the yard. Then there’s mango, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and apple.  and lemon juice squeezed over the whole thing. Y’all have a salad of a Summer. Let the Big Dog Eat!


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