The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy

October 8, 2018

Blind Boy Billy
Single Release Date – October 19, 2018
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Produced by David Davidson
Engineered by Bobby Shin
at The Library Studios, Nashville TN
Cover art by Dick Bangham
One man Band: Bill Wharton
Fiddle: David Davidson

The single is from the upcoming album (Blind Boy Billy), which is the companion to the book, The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy.
In addition to solo one-man band tracks on the album, the Sauce Boss has taken his one-man band and added violin, sousaphone, snare drum and backing singers to tell the ragtime story of an irascible traveling fiddler, Blind Boy Billy.

CD and Vinyl Album to be Released January 11, 2019

It’s no Moby Dick, or Ulysses, but it is unlike any book I have ever seen. From the press release:

The Life and Times of Blind Blind Boy Billy is a memoir. It’s also a songbook (with soundtrack) and a cookbook. Bill Wharton filets the story of his life, smokes it, and sandwiches it between photographs, tunes and recipes. It’s the backstory of a life of sharing food and music. It’s also a story of the outlaw grower of fine cannabis, and his brush with the law. The tunes and the recipes follow the story, with the Sauce Boss mixing media like it was cornbread.”

Kindle Ebook Pre-order
Which contains link to soundtrack online
Release Date October 12, 2019
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J1F266X

Kindle Pre-order for Multimedia Book which contains soundtrack of 20 mp3 songs
(Playable only on Amazon Fire devices and Kindle apps for Android phones and tablets)
Release Date October 19, 2019
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J37KRTX

Paperbook Pre-order at Amazon
Release Date November 2, 2019
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692173099


Coming Soon

Downbeat: 3 PM

Meeting of the Minds!!!!!!!

Here we go again.
Saturday Nov. 3rd at the Casa Marina 5:30 on the main stage.
Sunday Nov. 4 at the Ocean Key Resort 4:30 on the Sunset Stage.
Of course I’ll be playing tunes from my new album, Including the Sauce Boss rendition of I Will Play For Gumbo. I am sooo looking phorward to this one y’all.

While in key west, I might need to have a pink er two. Here’s my cocktail sauce recipe from The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy. 

Cocktail Sauce

2 cups ketchup
Juice of a lemon
1 Tbsp horseradish (or more)
¼ cup Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (or more)

Order Liquid Summer Hot Sauce HERE!


It’s Happening!

October 29, 2014

“100% PURE” Release Date is November 4th

Let the wild rumpus begin. CD Release parties begin at the House of Blues in Orlando.

Bill Wharton has blended brilliance and darkness, true-life stories, and the legends surrounding his outlaw mystique. The album mixes blues songs with genre-bending selections, however, it is “100% Pure” Sauce Boss! Mostly recorded in the one-man band format, “100% Pure” grooves hard and deep, with a very large sound. Plenty of bottom, with a voice begging for mercy, and a slide guitar that crawls out of the swamp like a twelve foot gator.

It’s happening!  You can order the CD now at the new Sauce Boss Store. While you are there, you might want to order a case of of Liquid Summer hot sauce for the relatives or the company holiday parties.  180 gram Vinyl version of “100% Pure” should be available in early December.

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And you can listen to three of the tunes from the album on the sauceboss.com website music player at the bottom of each page

Tour Dates Here.
Hangin’ down South for November. Then Up to the Northland for my annual Holiday tour.

Sauce Boss Coffee Cake
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OK, y’all have been pesterin’ me for my fool proof coffee cake. Here’s the deal. Ya need to have a sifter.  After you memorize this little formula, you can improvise whatever kind of bread/cake you want to have. Let’s go step by step.

Oven at 350 degrees

I take a cup of whole wheat flour and put it in the sifter .

Then I take:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of flax meal

And I put all that in the sifter. Then I put another cup (or more) of flour on top of the stuff and sift it all.

In a separate bowl I mix:
Walnuts
Fruit (for this coffee cake I used a banana, black currants, and applesauce)
1 can of pumpkin
Honey
Milk

Mix it all together and put in into a greased frying pan. Then I apply a heavy dusting of cinnamon, completely covering the top.

Cook for about 40 minutes

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Hear! We Go Again

July 15, 2013

SBCrookediTeleBirdAll American BBQ Fest in Pittsfield, PA, Erie, PA, Ellicottville, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Sharon, PA. Talk about STOMPIN grounds! Hear is the schedule

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We have been invited to headline Friday night at the Meeting of the Minds at the Casa Marina in key west.

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Downloads!
For all y’all who are loading up your phone with blues for the beach, I know you love you some Sauce Boss for that road trip.  99 cent gets you a song. $9.99 buys you a whole album. iTunes or CD Baby.  And if you want CDs or hot sauce, you can always get them at the Sauce Boss Store.

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Whole Oats
I’ve been doin this whole oat thing for a while. When I discovered steel cut oats, I was blown away with how much better they were than oat meal. When I began using whole oats, I was again blown away with how much better than steel cut oats, they were. Whole oats are to steel cut, as steel cut are to oat meal. So good. I mix the oats with brown rice for a very sticky, very tasty,  and much healthier sushi. Really good. Then there’s Oat Cakes. Just mix the cooked oats with a little flour, a little flax meal, walnuts, and raisins. Make em into patties. Bake em on a cookie sheet. Super good. Oh, and then there’s the traditional oats for breakfast. Oats with raisins,  and blackberries picked from the garden. The best.

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Somebody SCREAM!

April 30, 2013

Earls Band EFXLet’s Rock. It’s Time to Dime.

Sanford (The Alley), Tampa (Skippers), Jammin’ Jambalaya Cajun Crawfish Jamboree at the one and only Florabama, then the Northeast and Midwest.  Here’s the skinny on where we gonna be at when

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Green Papaya Salad

1 small green papaya
2/3 cup roasted peanuts
2 tomatoes, cut up
4 cloves of garlic mashed and minced
Fresh cilantro chopped
2 hot peppers julienne
2 Tbs Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (or more)

DRESSING:

2 Tbsp. fish sauce
Juice of two limes

Shred the Papaya with a grater
Crush the garlic and tomatoes
Mix all ingredients
Add dressing
Let it all marry for an hour or more

Skippers

Skipper’s Smokehouse

Lonnie Mack called Skipper’s “The club that washed ashore”.  Now celebrating 32 smokin’ years, this venerable Tampa Bay landmark  has grown from a small smokehouse takeout operation with a casual Sunday jam to a full-service restaurant and much-loved purveyor of world-class music. The architecture is a smorgasbord of “cracker” and islandy-Key West styles with overturned boats, wooden walkways, large murals dot the landscape while artfully rusted walls contain the sounds of revelry. In the Oyster Bar, a vintage moonshine still hangs over the bar.

Raw oysters, smoked mullet, gator tail, fish dip, beer boiled shrimp, black beans and rice, deviled crab, conch fritters, fried okra,  and key lime pie, gives this place a real Florida feel. The list of performers who have played Skipper’s is a who’s who of  music. And the dance floor is always…interpretive. We will be back to Skipper’s once more on Saturday, April 4th for your dining and dancing pleasure. Y’all come on down to Tampa, ya hear?!

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Planet Gumbo

New Years Eve 1989, I made gumbo on stage for the first time at a little place north of Tampa. 190,000 bowls of gumbo later, here we are. WOW!  What a feeling. Servin up the gumbo night after night got me thinkin that there’s got to be a way to put some of this energy back into the community. So 10 years ago, I discovered Planet Gumbo. A super cool place to dwell. Now I live on Planet Gumbo. I have always liked to share. However on Planet Gumbo, sharing is a way of life.  Now when we’re out on the road with a day off, we take the gumbo show to a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen. We have shared a meal and  some uplifting music with good people in shelters all over the country. And the good people have shared their stories with us.

Please share this story with your friends in your social networks.  And follow us on Planet Gumbo’s Facebook page.


The Bad Santa Tour, Win Liquid Summer, Sauce Boss Swag Store, Sweet Potato Oranges, Hunan Chinese Restaurant,

November 29, 2012

White Mountain Blues Fest 2012

It’s that time again. December is hitting me from behind. Hard to believe another year has passed. But we have one more tour before we bid 2012 adieu.  We will be hitting all our old haunts on this tour. Here’s the scoop on our Baaaad Santa Tour.


Win a case of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.
Here’s how to do it. Go to the Sauce Boss Facebook page and “Like” it.  Post your guess as to what my best recipe of the year is. If you are the first to guess it correctly, you will receive a case of Liquid Summer in time to stuff yer stocking. Contest ends Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

Now’s the perfect time to do yer holiday shopping at the Sauce Boss Store. Hot Sauce–you know you need a case of sauce for the holidaze. CDs– have you gotten “Live at the Green Parrot” yet? It’s live, live, live!  Check this deal out:   Your choice:  Any CD and any two bottles of sauce only $20.

Cornbread stuffing and  Sweet Potato Oranges

My Grandmother used to make these sweet potatoes in oranges. She would put a marshmallow on top of each of them and bake em.  This is my own version of “Mimi’s Sweet Potato Oranges”.

3 large sweet Potatoes
6 oranges
6 oz. soft tofu
Dash of each: Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves
3 tbls maple syrup
Bake or wave the potatoes. Cut the oranges in half and juice them. Drink all but 1/2 cup of the juice. Mash the juice with the rest of the ingredients, and put the mixture in the orange shells. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes.


Hunan Chinese Restaurant

386-328-0222 10 Eastgate Square Hwy 17 South East Palatka, FL 32131 Mon–Thurs: 11 am-9:30 pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30 pm Sun: 12 pm-9pm Lunch Special – 11 am-3 pm

Here’s a good one. I love it when I find a modest, out of the way place with true artisans doing what they love to do, and doing it soooo well. Our server, Linda was super attentive, and perfectly capable of making sure that our “special” dietary needs were met. Every dish from the kitchen was top notch and the portions were grand. Steamed dumplings. At most restaurants ya get six little teasers. I guess that’s why they call em appetizers. But at Hunan, there’s enough to fill up two people, never mind the entree. Every dish we had was more than enough. And the whole vibe and attitude was one of facilitating a great meal. It’s the difference between having a job, and doing your life’s work. The work that you were meant to do. The work that make’s you happy and prosperous in riches beyond money. Thank you Linda and you able partner in the kitchen for making our meal, our evening, and our lives better.


Special Meeting of the Minds Edition: Your key west Survival Kit.

October 24, 2012

OK, I hope all you parrotheads are ready to PARTY at the Parrot. We are coming to get ya. Here’s a little laid back post for all y’all. We are gearing up for the meeting of the minds. Making our way down through Florida and ending up in key west. So why don’t y’all come on down and join us. We hit Sanford, Sebastian,  and Delray Beach, with Planet Gumbo gigs in Lake Worth and Miami. Then on to the Green Parrot. Here’s the skinny on the gigs.

The perfect pick me up is the Liquid Summer Bloody Mary. No time to feel hung over when you have “minds” to meet.

LIQUID SUMMER MAKES THE BEST BLOODY MARY…EVER!
1 cup V-8
1 teaspoon LIQUID SUMMER HOT SAUCE
1 teaspoon Horseradish
Dash of celery salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons lemon juice
A couple shots of vodka
Mix ingredients together and pour into a glass of ice.
Fresh stalk of celery and olives

 

Show your sauciness with the Sauce Boss chef hat. The perfect attire for the food filled fun to be had in key west, or how bout Saturday nite in the boudoir. Just wear the hat with nothing else. It is guaranteed.  We are holding a bunch of them for key west shows. If you can’t make the show, buy em at the Sauce Boss Store.

After a night of heavy meeting of minds, the place to go is Sandy’s Cafe. Amazing cuban sandwiches, and my favorite, the media noche. Scrumpdillieshish!
1026 White Street  Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-0159


FLORIDA… I LOVE IT. POTATO CRUST QUICHE, APPLE VALLEY DELI.

February 14, 2011

CONCERT SCHEDULE
Marco Island, Tampa, Steinhatchee, Panama City, Destin, Pensacola, Naples.

Not a bad place to be in February. We will be crisscrossing back and forth around and through Florida for the next couple of months.  You guys have got to check out what’s up with the Ingredients.  I have stirred my band up to a frenzy, grilled em like grouper, tossed em like salad, sautéed em like peppers and onions, BBQed  em like pork chops, fried em like chicken, whipped em into shape like a mile high meringue on top of  a lemon pie. All for the perfect gumbo blues.

Potato Crust Quiche


1 large potato
8 eggs beaten
1 onion chopped
1/2 lb crumbled feta cheese
2 apples diced
1 quonk fresh spinach lightly steamed & drained
Cut thin rounds of potato.  Line an lightly-oiled pie pan with the slices of potato, and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  Saute the onions. Mix the remaining  ingredients. Pour them into the pan and bake at 400 for 10 minutes.  Turn down to 350 for another 20 or so.  Splash with Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.

APPLE VALLEY MARKET
228 Main St. Lander, WY 82520    307-332-5536
We came in for lunch at this grocery/café in Lander, Wyoming, and had a great time with the folks there.  Homemade is the operative term.  Nestled between the emporiums and trail shops in the charming downtown of Lander, the Apple Valley Market hits the spot. The menu proclaims, “Lunch! Fill that belly.”  And that’s what they do. “$6.00 per lunch.  All soups served with homemade bread. Sandwiches made on homemade bread.” So after I’m almost done with my vegetable soup, the baker of the bread comes out and says,  “Y’all want some more bread?” Sure! Bring it on. Pipin hot, right out of the oven. Son!  Couple o soups, couple o salads, a veggie wrap and a special is the whole menu. The grocery features healthful stuff, local homegrown produce, and some of the most gorgeous pies I have ever seen. I got some local plums. Delicious. The guys running the place are nice as they can be.  You can tell that they love Lander, Wyoming.  No wonder.  ALL the inhabitants of Lander love the place.  I got so happy that I went next door and bought me a banjo.


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