Meeting of the Minds and Skippers Smokehouse

October 29, 2016

motm1625th Annual Meeting Of The Minds 2016 “Here We Are” IS SOLD OUT!
And there’s more options to see, hear, taste, and yes, smell the Sauce Boss while in the Keys!

Wednesday November 2nd. 8 pm to 11:30 at Island Dogs 505 Front St. key west
Thursday  November 3rd . 10 pm at the Casa Marina
Friday November 4th. Boondocks 27205 Overseas Hwy Ramrod Key
Sunday, the Highlands Fine Art Festival in Sebring, Florida 1:30 pm

Can’t wait to see all my phamished, phood phondling phriends, phlirtatiously  phoraging  my phantastic, phamous GUMBO THROWDOWN!!!!! (You know what I mean, Vern?)

AND…Friday November 11, I will be smokin @ Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa. 8 pm.  910 Skipper Road Tampa, FL
Here’s a link to the whole schedule.

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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.

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

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

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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…

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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

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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

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Tiki Tom! Nuff Said…

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

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Camping on the Eighth Lake in The Adirondacks.

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JP Soars. Cigar Box Guitar Wizard.

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Letchworth State Park, New York.

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

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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.


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!


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!

 

 


“Falling” In The Water

September 30, 2015

FallontheBeachI’m hangin close to the beach.
Fall has fell. Swimmin’s great, no crowds, You can find a parking space, AND…the livin is still easy. This is where you can find me: Destin, Tampa, Brooksville, key west, Sugarloaf, Marathon, Key Largo, Swansboro, NC, back to key west for the Meeting of the Minds, Punta Gorda, and Tallahassee. Lovin this. Y’all come and get some!


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100% Pure Sauce Boss
CD, 180 Gram LP, or gift box with CD and two bottles of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce is available @ The Sauce Boss Store.

Good count from the Decalb Farmers Market.

Your Dekalb Farmers Market
3000 East Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030
When I walked into Your Decalb Farmers Market, I felt like I was coming home. There’s a lot of knowledge about food in this three and a quarter acre cornucopia. The workers have come to Atlanta from over 40 countries. They bake their own organic bread in house. Live catfish, crabs, and lobsters swim in tanks. Butcher shop has it all. The beer and wine section is stocked. The buffet ranges from BBQ to tabouli, around the world and back again. Yeah, lunch has beaucoup, mucho mas,  bunch o stuff.

“We declare that the world is designed to work. We are responsible for what does not work. We make the difference. No matter how technologically advanced we become, we cannot escape our fundamental relationships with food and each other. The possibility of these relationships is the world market. In this context, the world works for everyone free of scarcity and suffering. We commit ourselves to the possibility this world market is for the future generations of this planet.”

Our haul: Columbian coffee, imported Marzano tomatoes, pink and white grapefruit, plums, pluots, walnuts, peppers, fresh tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, oatmeal bread, strawberries, raspberries, pitty pat squash, eggplant, cinnamon, fig biscotti, Lingonberry sauce, maple syrup, a 12 pack of Bitburger German beer, and a Chilean cabernet. Most of it organic. All for $60.

http://m.clatl.com/atlanta/this-is-your-dekalb-farmers-market/Content?oid=5442814&showFullText=true

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I would like to thank the people who broke into my van.

And I would like to say I’m sorry. It’s gotta be rough. It’s gotta be dangerous, stealin on the street for a livin.  Tryin to get by on fencing stolen stuff. I know y’all got away with $1000 worth of video equipment. Got away with my new black and white kicks, and my hiking shoes, a half a dozen chef coats, some pants and hats, some odds and ends. But you did not take anything that was truly dear to me. You missed the good stuff. My old Tele was in my hands. I hope the bag of potatoes, onions and garlic made a good meal, as well as the two slices of leftover pizza. Thank you so much…and I’m truly sorry for you. I mean this. I am sorry. When you were risking your life and liberty for scraps, I was having the time of my life. I wish it was not like this for you. But it is. The upside is…you gonna look really good in those black and whites.  And I am one truly lucky motor scooter. See ya!

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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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Blueberries
are ripe, and sweet, and plentiful In Jefferson County. Glad I’m not missin em. Inspires me to make this.
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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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Florida Tour de Force March 2015

March 30, 2015

SunsetCoverLittle_edited-16873407_staI love my life!
I am one lucky guy to do my music, hang out in cool places with cool peeps, and get paid for it. Don’t get me wrong. I work hard all the time to make it happen, but having gigs like this makes it all worth while. I had a killer tour in March.

Check this out… First on this leg was the Music on the Bay Parrothead Extravaganza in Tampa. Third year running, these guys cain’t get enough Sauce in their party. We like it spicy in Tampa so all you snowbirds get ready to melt yer blues away! And the locals?!?!?!?! They don’t live in Tampa for nothin! Tampa is the Frisco of Florida. Party on Garth!   RoyFosterNext, I played and cooked at the Stand Down House, with JP Soars joining me. A homeless shelter in Lake Worth.  Stand Down House helps male veterans who are struggling due to mental / physical wounds & illness, addictions, homelessness and/or other issues regain their lives. I love sharing my music and gumbo with these gentlemen. “Uplifting” does not even come close to describing our time together. 8671 Then on to the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. This gig is always an epic adventure in total theatricality. (is that really a word? The little spell check red thing didn’t alert me, so I guess it must be) Executive Director, John Loesser, is theater royalty. His dad, Frank Loesser was the Tony, Pulitzer, and Academy Award winning songwriter/dramatist, who wrote the lyrics and music to “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. It don’t get more “theatre” then that. John knows talent. John IS talent.

Then on to Boca Raton. Hold my beer. Watch this. 53-emd   The Funky Biscuit Presented Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton with Special Guests. JP Soars and the Red Hots. Did somebody say, “SLIDE”? There was jammin goin on into the wee hours, including a surprise visit from Spyro Gyra, who sat in with us. Awwwwwww Yeah!
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Lagoon Fest in Palm Bay was another party with a purpose. The lagoon is hurtin. Proceeds went to clean up the damage done. Glad to see old friends from back in the day. I have a warm spot in my heart for this part of Florida. When I was first starting out in 1966, I was playing the Club Juana in Orlando six nights a week.  (before it became a strip club. Well… I do remember a few flying brassieres.)  Anyway, we would sometimes fill the Sunday with a one nighter at the Vanguard in Cocoa Beach. Those two gigs gave me my music education. And the Vanguard was bad to the bone. Murph the Surf was hangin out there. And the Space Coast was ROCKIN! Indiatlantic had a stream of hipsters, bikers, and surfers back and forth from Venice Beach.  (It’s the best surf on the East Coast.) Not to mention the droves of scientists, techies, and astronauts who worked at the Cape. Many years later, Indiatlantic was the place where I hit my first major lick. That’s where the music and the sauce became a phenomenon unto itself at the the Wine Gallery. So many good memories from one of the laidest back hangs in Florida.

@ the BBC

@ the BBC

And finally, a return to Tallahassee, to the Bradfordville Blues Club. A special homecoming for me as I made my way through my blues trek. It gave me time to reflect. Like Ulysses, I have ended up washing up on a beach somewhere. Is there a genre known as Trop-Blues? Too happy for the blues, too deep for Margaritaville. As far as genres go, I live in no mans land. A musical soul without a country. A child of the world, forever restless, forever young. See y’all down the road.


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