Smile In A Basket Release

June 9, 2020

Me and Mary are smiling. (There’s a lot going on this week)

My new music, “Smile in a Basket”, is a message of compassion. We worked with Grammy Award winning producer, Mary Wharton, who was produced and directed by me and Ruthie Wharton. I contributed this tune and 16 others to Mary’s upcoming documentary, “Jimmy Carter Rock and Roll President”, garnering musical score credit. The movie is about to hit the film fest circuit and has found some verrrrry prestigious places to land. It’s an amazing film, actually a rockumentary, with interviews and performances from a who’s who of the musical landscape. 

I think you’ll really dig this video of “Smile in a Basket”.   We will have a live premiere on my YouTube channel on Thursday, June 11, at 8 pm. Subscribe here and we’ll send out a reminder 30 minutes before it airs, so we can all watch it together. The video is dedicated to all the health care and essential workers who have shouldered the load for the rest of us. Share it with your friends.

Big thanks to all who joined me:
Produced, directed, and edited by Mary Wharton
Camera/producer: Ruthie and Bill Wharton
Words, Music, Vocal and Guitar by Bill Wharton
String arrangement by David Davidson
Violin: David Davidson
Viola: Kristin Wilkinson
Bass: Byron House
Photos/movie clips: Mary Wharton, Kelly Durrant, Jennifer Garrett, Danny and Kelly Goddard, Bill Wharton, Damon Fowler, Naeam Wilkerson

The response to my Facebook Live concerts has been really great. Thanks to all who watched and contributed. This is REALLY helping me stay afloat during these _________________(you pick a word) times. Please join me on June 14 for a special edition of Sauce Boss Live on my Sauce Boss Facebook page. Come on down at 7:45 PM.  Concert starts at 8:00 pm. I’ll be singing my new tune and makin gumbo. 

Fasolakia (Greek Style Beans)

These are good times to concentrate on your health. I have been feeling better now that I’m cooking so much. Here’s a couple of recipes that I just made, to get my vegetables.

Made with beans and tomatoes, fresh picked. Onions, potatoes, garlic, lemon and dill. Saute onions and garlic. Add tomatoes, a little Liquid Summer hot sauce, and cook em down just a little, then add broth, potatoes, beans. Cover and cook on low. Add lemon juice and fresh dill. This is the real healthy version. I saute the onion and garlic in broth. If you want a little more grease, use olive oil for the saute, then splash a little more when you add the juice and dill. 

Bim Bim Bap a la Peckerwood

So I had these leftovers. Asparagus, collards, and the beans.  Scraped together a salad of lettuce, onions and cukes; grated carrots and threw some mung sprouts in there, added a quank of bread-and-butter squash pickles, put the cold veggies on hot steaming brown rice, and I had the beginnings of a great meal. You know what they say, “It’s all in the sauce.” Gochujang sauce. The red sauce in Korean food. I use the Korean pepper, but you can substitute cayenne and paprika for this recipe.

2 Tbsp light miso
1 Tbsp ground red pepper
1 Tbsp paprika
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp Liquid Summer Hot Sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
Water to thin it out

Eat up with flavor, it makes the leftovers jump and shout! This sauce livens up a lot of dishes. Let some little cubes of cucumber or steamed brussel sprouts sit in some of this stuff overnight. Yummm!


WhartonShop  is now on Etsy

Sauce Boss merch and memorabilia, (some great old festival shirts. If you’d like anything autographed, just let us know ). Also vintage personal items, clothing and whatnot for your browsing pleasure. We’ve been selling a bunch of Ruthie’s childhood board games. So if you’re “board”…just sayin, stop in and check it out.

Who woulda thought that I would have to spend most of this year at home? I really appreciate all y’all’s generosity! I look forward to seeing y’all again on the road, and sharing my gumbo with you.  Here’s a link to my “Tip Jar” page.

Next Sunday. Sauce Boss LIVE!… Busy, Busy, Busy, and a Big Red Oak Tree

April 26, 2020

Sunday, May 3rd, 8 pm. Sauce Boss LIVE!

Mark your calendar. Next Sunday I will be live once more. I had such a good time virtually hangin wid all y’all, I’m on have to do it again. This one will be a hoot. I’ll bring out my old ’33 National steel  guitar, and git all gut bucket on ya. I’ll cook a little somethin up in the kitchen. Plus that bluesy version of the Beatles tune is smokin. So as Lennon said…”Spread the Word!” Please share this with your friends. “Come on in my Kitchen” and join us on Facebook LIVE at 8 pm on May 3rd.

Sauce Boss Video in the works

My daughter, Mary Wharton has just finished a movie project which I am extremely proud to be part of. I have contributed a bunch of my music for the Original Score. The name of the movie…”Jimmy Carter  Rock and Roll President.” Mary is one of the Producers and the Director. The movie has interviews with, and performances by The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Muddy Waters, Garth Brooks, Dizzy Gillespie, Marshall Tucker, and Charlie Daniels, to name a few. After hanging in the thick of the New York rock video scene for the last few decades, Grammy winning Mary has honed her chops enough to make this flick JUMP! The movie is a rockumentary about how the above mentioned musicians rallied behind the South Georgia peanut farmer, lighting his path to the White House. The attention these musicians gave to Jimmy Carter as being “one of us”, gave the whole country another choice after the corruption of the Nixon years. The movie follows Jimmy through his presidency, and all the way to today as he builds houses for the poor, and promotes peace and equality all over the world. His unshakeable faith shines through the whole story. The movie was scheduled to premiere April 15 in New York City at the Beacon Theatre, kicking off the Tribeca Film Festival. Needless to say, we were ecstatic to attend. Willie Nelson was to play after the screening. Jimmy Buffett was planning to attend. Possibly the Obamas. Paul Shaffer was the house band. And then… well you know. Tribeca has been postponed. Here’s a link to the press release.

The good news is that an international release has been negotiated. In the meantime, I am working on a video of one of my tunes from the movie. So far I am pleased with the shoot. Mary is helping with the video production. Check out her website. ( I am looking for photos of smiling faces. Would you be interested in submitting something to be part of this project? The tune is about smiling through adversity, and being kind to one another. A hi-res head shot with yer smiling mug, or even a 3 or 4 second video might work.  If you are interested, upload a high res photo or video clip to:


When this pandemic began taking over the world, I thought I’d be bored out of my mind, but nothing could be further than the truth. I’m busier than ever, doin stuff. Sure, I miss seein y’all, and bumpin up against everybody, hangin in a crowd, and being social, but the time and space to just live life and do whatever I want has been liberating. A month before all this cray-cray descended upon us, I had the uncontrollable urge to do a project I’d been thinking about for a long time. I made a cyprus and cedar base for an outdoor sink and we put in some more water access for gardens around the house. Since that time I’ve been non-stop. I’ve had the time and mindful determination to improve my quality of life. We used this cast iron antique sink for years in our little cabin. It’s my all time favorite. Probably 100 years old. Now it serves as the vegetable washer and dirty hand cleaner so we don’t have to make a mess in the house. It’s so handy with all the washing of hands we have to do these days, and just washing my hands in this sink makes me happy.

New Beds

We doubled our garden area with three new beds and mounds for a big crop of Native American pumpkin. We now have the garden space to supply us with six kinds of peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, eggplant, okra, leeks, broccoli, sweet potatoes, celery, parsley, three kinds of basil, oregano, chervil, rosemary, fennel, thyme, summer savory, cilantro, lemon grass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, yellow squash and a kiwi vine. New trees include grapefruit, persimmon, paw-paw, mulberry, and a couple of cold hardy avocados to add to our orchard. BURRRRP!!!

Corn and Crawfish Chowder

Having the time for planning of meals has made our dinner table amazing. This bowl of corn and crawfish chowder was off the chain good. Almost didn’t make the photo. It was gone in no time. Thanks, Ruthie!

3 big green onions chopped, greens and all
1 cup of broth
4 potatoes chopped
1 can sweet corn
1 LB crawfish tails
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper
Chopped parsley
Liquid Summer Hot Sauce

Saute onions
Add potatoes and cover with broth until done
Add crawfish and corn and milk, and cook on low until well heated
Add Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, salt, and ground black pepper to taste
Garnish with chopped parsley

New Steps

The old steps were riddled with carpenter bees and the woodpeckers came and made a wreck of them, pecking out their lunch. I just haven’t had time to do anything about it. Red and white oak. There’s always so much to do.

Screenshot From My Phone

On September 2, 2016, Hurricane Hermine passed right over us. Outside the house was a maelstrom of wind and rain. Soon after midnight I heard a rumbling of wind and a crunching sound as a big red oak tree was blown over, ripping the roots out of the ground. The crunching sound went on for a very long time as the tree slowly fell into neighboring trees striping limbs or completely flattening them on its way down, finally coming to rest in the arms of a couple of other trees.

Sometimes I’m the luckiest guy I know.

Here’s the view from upstairs in my office.

It was a mess.
So I cleaned all the dirt off the roots.

That was the fun part.

I cut off the roots.

The logs took a ride to the mill

And I made a fire

After drying the boards under tin for three years, my son Floyd planed the 2×14 inch boards, and I made this coffee table from my old friend. How many times did I stand next to you in the night, gazing into the trees or up at the heavens? Thanks for the company, the relief, and now a place to put my cup.



Catch “Alligator” on CNN Sunday April 12 10 PM EDT

April 8, 2015
Sauce Boss Meets the Highwaymen

Sauce Boss Meets the Highwaymen

Tour Schedule Click Here to find where the downbeat resides.
Huggin the coast except for a sojourn in the mountains of North Carolina for beer and hot springs.


My song, “Alligator” will be featured on CNN April 12
This coming Sunday at 10 pm EDT on The Wonder List.  The show’s about  places and cultures in danger of being corrupted by “civilization”. The Florida Everglades is one of the episodes, and producer Mary Wharton thought the song was a perfect fit. Imagine that. This recording came together in the Kingsnake Studio in 1989 with me playing drums and acoustic guitar simultaneously, Lucky Peterson on bass, and Pat Ramsey on harmonica.

Headed to the Meeting of the Minds Nov. 6, 2015
It’s official. I’m coming to key west for one show only. I will be headlining the party at the the Casa Marina on Friday night. Can’t wait to see my Parrothead phriends, phrom all over the world.

Blueberry Scone

Blueberry Rye Scones
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ cup flax meal

½ cup applesauce
Juice of a lime
½ cup honey
2 cups blueberries
A cup or so of milk

Sift dry ingredients
Mix the wet and dry together using the milk to get the right consistency
Drop em on a greased cookie sheet
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes… or so

Liquid Summer Hot Sauce Sold Right Here!

I wanted to...

I wanted to…

Seoul Restaurant
1420 East Semoran Blvd. Apopka, FL 32703   (407) 886-0112


THE most authentic Korean restaurant in Florida.
Many words were spoken. Few were in English.
This little down home, hole in the wall is situated next to a Korean market in a tiny strip mall right in the middle of Central Florida. When I ordered the fermented soy bean soup, the kind lady squenched up a look of consternation and a touch of fear passed over her face. “That dish has a very… … … strong flavor.”  She obviously did not know who she was talkin to. However little did I know who I was talkin toI was about to experience the funkiest and most flavorful of meals I ever had. Funkier than the best/worst cheese in France. Funkier that the “wrinkle stinks” (Chitterlings). When you smell something like this, you have got to wonder. Well you know…
The flavor was incredible. “Bold” does not even begin to describe. “very… … …  strong”? Forget it. This is world class funk. But the fermented soy bean dish is sooo good. And like the super over ripe cheeses, it leaves a feeling of well being. The living organisms sending happy thoughts and feelings to your brain. A serotonin rush of AHHHHHHHH YYYYEEEEAAAH! eases down your spine to the tips of your toes. This is intelligent cooking. This is cookin that heals! These folks KNOW what their doing. And they do it with grace and beauty. Not everything on the menu is so funky. The BBQ is outrageous.They bring a pitcher of cold barley tea. No need to ask for refills. I like the way they serve the banchon side dishes with the meal rather than before. The radish with cucumber kim chee is sublime. Not too sweet. Just right to make you ask for a little more. All in all, This is the next best thing to being there.


Virginia, DC, AND Florida, The Other Whartons on TV, Boss Ganouj, Oysters in Pensacola.

October 20, 2009
Photo : Jim McKinley

Photo : Jim McKinley

Ashland, VA, and Washington DC.  Then back to Florida – St. Pete with Dr. John, key west for the “Meeting of the Minds”, and Starke at Cowboys.


Annie Wharton on Project Runway

Annie Wharton on Project Runway

Number one daughter, Annie was just on Project Runway modeling her redesigned wedding dress which won the design challenge of the week.  She was baaaad.    Last blog I mentioned number two daughter, Mary, kickin ass at the Toronto film fest with her Joan Baez biopic.  Those Wharton girls are sooo…TV.

Mary and Joan Baez

Mary and Joan Baez


The recording is almost done.  Now to mix and master for a 2010 release.  The album is funky, gospel, blues, with some zydeco, and a heapin helpin of Slide guitar.   Featured on the CD will be Justin Headley, drums, Robert “Freightrain” Parker, bass, and also Biscuit Miller on bass. This is the funkiest and groovinest yet.  Stay tuned for the good tunes.


Here’s my own slant to Baba Ganouj.  Instead of tahini, I use home made almond butter and also a little bit of my Liquid Summer Hot Sauce
2 Cups almonds
3 or four Tbs olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Two Tbs Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (With the holidaze upon us, do NOT forget to order yours HERE)
2 one Lb. eggplants
4 Cloves garlic finely minced
Pita bread for dipping

Cut eggplants in half and place on a greased cookie sheet (cut side down) for 45 min at 375 degrees.  Grind almonds with blender.  Put powdered almonds into a food processor and add olive oil until the mixture is the consistency of humus.  In a bowl, mix almond butter, lemon juice, garlic, and Liquid Summer.  Scoop out the eggplant and add it to the mixture.  Mix well

Bossa Ganouj

Bossa Ganouj


505 BAYOU BLVD. PENSACOLA, FL 850-433-0511

The little disclaimer on the take out menu gives you an idea of what goes on at the oyster barn.  “When we are filled to capacity, we regret that we will not be able to fill take out orders.”  Situated on Bayou Texar since 1969, the Rooks Family Seafood Restaurant has been filled to capacity a lot of the time, dishing out real fresh seafood.  The service is great, the food cooked to perfection, the ambience, casual as a marina setting can be.  $6.50 gets you a mullet sandwich with fries or slaw.  And Dale’s Special is cole slaw, cheese, and grilled onions on any sandwich for half a buck.  In addition to the regular seafood dishes, the lunch specials (from five to eight dollars) include chicken and dumplins.  And the hush puppies are fabulous.  I can’t stand it.  Once in a while, I must have a hush puppy. Of course…don’t forget about the fresh shucked oysters!
Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 8:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday – 11 am – 2 pm

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