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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