MOTM 2019: Good Music, Good Food, Good Times!

October 16, 2019


Oct. 19 Tallahassee FL – Bradfordville Blues Club
Oct. 24 Mobile AL – Cedar Street Social Club
Oct. 25 Pensacola Beach FL – Paradise Bar and Grill
Oct. 26 Natchez MS – Smoots
Nov. 1  Key West FL – MOTM Casa Marina Main Stage
Nov. 2  Key West FL – Key West Theatre
Nov. 3 Goodland FL – The Little Bar
Nov 4  Boca Raton FL – Funky Biscuit
Nov 10 Tallahassee FL – Fish Camp at Lake Iamonia
Nov 15 Jacksonville FL – Mudville Grill
NOV 16 Tampa FL – Skippers
Nov 17 Sarasota FL – Private Event
Coming in December: Tour of the Northeast
 Here’s more info. 

The Meeting of the Minds is the international convention of Parrotheads at the Casa Marina in Key West, Florida for a week of tropical rock and roll, libations, seafood, and zaniness. Flip flops, boat motor margaritas, loud shirts, and hangovers in the making are the trademarks of MOTM, and little ol’ cornbread, the Sauce Boss, the red headed stepchild of trop rock is crashing this party one more time!  It’s always a total blast. Thanks for having me.

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3:30 at the Casa Marina on Friday, November 1. And I will be at the Key West Theatre on Saturday, November 2, with Bill Blue and an all star Key West Blues throw down. Might wanna get yer tix for this one soon as it’s selling out.

A few new club dates on this run; I’ve been wanting to get down to the Little Bar in Goodland for a while. I’m also doing the Cedar Street Social Club in Mobile, and Smoots  in Natchez for the first time. The gig at Skippers will be lots of fun with the Right Reverend Billy Wirtz, the Nighthawks, and myself, all in a great big pile, slathered in gumbo. Can’t wait for that one! But I gotta tell ya, all of these places on my schedule are great to play. I feel lucky as can be to be hanging out with the folks I meet on the road. Please share these dates with your peeps. And don’t forget to boogie! You know I will  never... everForget to BOOGIE~~~~.

Longevity Omelette 

(Sung to the tune of “Blowing in the Wind”)
How many times have you reached for the spinach in your refrigerator only to find part of the bag has gone bad? So you have to pick through it or else throw it away. Ugh… I love spinach, but it needs to be used immediately or it’s wasted.
Well, here’s the answer. Longevity greens will last all summer, they require little to no attention to grow bushy plants right outside your door. Problem solved. If you actually tried in your mind to sing that to “Blowing in the Wind”… my life is complete.


This omelette is made with longevity greens, a plant from tropical asia, rich in antioxidants-hence the name. The cool thing is they love the hot summer days which are killers to spinach. Long after other greens have wilted and died, the longevity greens will supply your table with a substitute for spinach. They may have to be covered in the winter on a cold night. Mine made it through the winter without cover in north Florida.
Jalapeño, sweet pepper, mushrooms, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, feta, and longevity greens. Stone ground white corn grits on the side and rye toast. The only thing this omelette needs is a big ol splooge of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.

One more reason I feel like I’m one of the luckiest guys around.How would you like to have an unlimited supply of the finest tasting, most versatile hot sauce anywhere? You can get your own stash at our store.

My recipe/ songbook/ Memoir is available HERE!

Soul Veg.


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.  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 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. Tell em the Sauce Boss sent cha.  I’ll see y’all at Soul Veg.

Liquid Summer Hot Sauce Will Change Your Life! Time for y’all to reup. 


Way Down South In the Rain and the Heat!

April 24, 2019

Georgia and the Carolinas and back to Florida (Schedule)
April 27 Thomasville GA, Rose Festival
May 3 West Jefferson NC, Civic Center
May 7 High Point NC, High Point Theatre
May 8 Hickory NC, Planet Gumbo show at Hickory Soup Kitchen
May 9 Morganton NC, Morganton NC Municipal Auditorium
May 11 Morganton NC, private event
May 17 Bluffton SC, Roasting Room
May 18 Columbia SC, BBQ Beer and Bourbon Fest
June 7 Lakeland FL, Union Hall

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Sauce Boss and the Planet Gumbo volunteers at Mexico Beach: Su Ecenia, Ruthie Wharton, Sally Morton, Tanya Hollady, and Jeanie Barrett

THANKS!
To all who contributed to Planet Gumbo‘s fund raiser for the Ground Zero Mexico Beach White Tent. We took $1200 in the form of Lowes gift cards. Great job, Linda Blythe at Ground Zero, and to all the Planet Gumbo volunteers who drove to Mexico Beach to help us. We had a great time on the beach playing and cooking gumbo with the survivors of Hurricane Michael! In 2006, Planet Gumbo also brought music and gumbo to New Orleans and Buras, Louisiana, where Hurricane Katrina hit so hard. The damage in Buras LA was similar to Mexico Beach, leveling houses and leaving only slabs of concrete. In Buras, I saw a refrigerator lodged in a tree fifteen feet off the ground. Watch the video that Mary Wharton produced from our trip to Louisiana.  

Planet Gumbo is self contained. Able to bring music and gumbo anywhere this van can go

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Central Florida folks, check out my column in  Static Live Magazine and online

My Book
It’s a cookbook and a songbook with a memoir sandwiched between the photos, music, and recipes. There’s an address on the Internet to listen to the audio files of two-dozen tunes in the book, while you are reading. Listen to the song as you read the story, and also make a dish as you go along from the cookbook to get the taste of the Sauce Boss. The recipes are dynamite, the story is a page turner, and the music is smokin. All the recipes and songs follow the story of my life. It all fits together like the puzzle that is Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton.  Available in paperback at all the shows and on Amazon.   Perfect gift for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

 


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!

 

 

 


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

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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.

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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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100% PURE TOUR

November 25, 2014

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AAAAWWWW RIGHT! Here I come for my annual Holiday Tour!
I am holdin. Loaded with a fresh batch of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, CDs, and  swag. Here’s the details of the tour schedule. I begin the tour at a Homeless Shelter near Louisville. Then I’m gigging in Lexington, Connersville IN, Wheeling WV.  Sharon, Pittsburgh, and DuBois PA. Cleveland, Syracuse. I will celebrate my birthday on December 20 in Maryville Tennessee with family and friends. Don’t miss this party!

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100% PURE Sauce Boss is Smokin!
If you haven’t picked up the new album, here’s your chance. Available HERE on CD, or download (or pre-order a limited edition on 180 gram vinyl). This record is getting the best response I ever received from friends and critics alike.

Some early reviews of “100% Pure”
http://www.axs.com/sauce-boss-plays-lowdown-boogie-blues-25911
http://chickenwilson2.blogspot.com/p/november-2014-reviews.html

New Gift Set


The perfect Holiday Gift Set:
Autographed copy of 100% Pure CD and 2 bottles of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce–one Datil and one Habanero.

Order— Cds, vinyl, hot sauce, gift sets, t-shirts or chef hats–from the Sauce Boss store, and receive a bonus “cracker jack prize”. 

 

 

 

Zamorah’s
106 NE Main St Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 990-6167  Soul food with a big heart.
Why is it that those with little, are ready to share? Could it be that they know how it feels?

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This little soul food restaurant outside of Greenville, South Carolina blew my mind. Ribs, chicken and the fixins. They bring new meaning to a “generous meal”.  Thank you Zamorah! You have made my day,  just knowing about what you do for people. We all can help in some way.

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Happy Holidays  Everybody! Spread the love.

 


Holiday Run

November 27, 2013
Photo Rob ONeal

Photo Rob ONeal at The Meeting of the Minds 2013 in key west, Florida

HO, HO, HO!
Gettin to be that time of year  when I make my annual holiday tour. I’m ready to hang with my friends in all my favorite places. Places where I have hung for a couple of decades. This time it’s going to be very special for me as I am setting out on a new adventure.  On this tour I will be playing solo… So this is the Balls-to-the-Walls Bad Santa tour.
Get this.  One-man-band style:  high energy slide guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, and bass rig makes this show ROCK.

Here’s the press release:
Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton will be bringing his high energy, gumbo stirring, slide-guitar-playing show to the north this December.   For those who don’t know about the Sauce Boss, he brings his own hot sauce to the gig, and he cooks gumbo while smoking his slide guitar.  At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he’s adding a new flavor to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off,  and makes gumbo … he also plays a drum kit with his feet.  “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down under some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.”
Hold my beer…watch this.

Holiday shopping at the Sauce Boss Store
CDs, Hot Sauce, LPs, T-shirts, and Chef Hats.

The hot  sauce for the new millennium.

The hot sauce for the new millennium.

Whatever you do, don’t forget your Liquid Summer Hot Sauce for yer holiday dinner.  Just a dash on lox and bagel, does the trick. Put some in the stuffing, and you can mix it with brown sugar to make a glaze for that Christmas ham… Killing me.

Sourdough Nut and Fruit Muffins with NO Sugar
These are the best tasting muffins I have ever made. This recipe needs no sugar. The fruit is all you need.

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2 apples peeled and chopped
1 pear peeled and chopped
½ cup raisins
5 pineapple rings chopped (with juice)
¾ cup walnuts
1 cup applesauce
1 ½ cup sourdough starter
1 cup milk (I use soy milk)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup bran flakes
2 level tbs baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix fruit, nuts and wet ingredients
Mix dry ingredients
Mix everything together
350 degrees for 45  minutes in a greased muffin pan.

Sauce Boss at Baltimore MD Homeless Shelter

Sauce Boss at Baltimore MD Homeless Shelter

Twenty four years and 195,000 bowls ago I started this crazy gumbo crusade. Never charged a penny for my gumbo. Since 2003, I have spent some of my days off playing and cookin in homeless shelters, where I’ve shared my music and a meal with some great folks who happen to be down on their luck. The energy we give and the energy we get from this is incredible for us all. The National Alliance to End Homelessness states that in 2013 there are 633,782 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the US.  142,168 (22.1%) are children, 62,619 (13%) are veterans, and 269,991 (42.6%) are disabled and unable to work. Planet Gumbo is the non-profit organization whose mission is to bring sustenance in the form of a hearty meal and some uplifting music to soup kitchens and shelters all over the country.  Next week I will be playing for the Childrens’s Home Society in West Virginia. Every year we ask for people to support the grassroots efforts of Planet Gumbo. Thanks in advance for your donation.

 


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