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.

Meeting of the Minds 2016

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. 

The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy

October 8, 2018

Blind Boy Billy
Single Release Date – October 19, 2018
If you are not already on the email list: go to and join it to receive a free download of the song.

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

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

Paperbook Pre-order at Amazon
Release Date November 2, 2019

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.



And you can listen to three of the tunes from the album on the 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
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:
Fruit (for this coffee cake I used a banana, black currants, and applesauce)
1 can of pumpkin

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


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

MOTM2013On Nov. 1, 2013,  I will play for Gumbo.
We have been invited to headline Friday night at the Meeting of the Minds at the Casa Marina in key west.

Chanterelle Curry

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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.


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


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)


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


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?!



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.

1 cup V-8
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


February 14, 2011

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.

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.

HAPPY 2011, Orlando, key west, Bill Wharton Special, Grilled Eggplant, Pepe’s Cafe

January 6, 2011


Sauce Boss Returns To Margaritaville (Photo: Rick Zimmer)

Orlando and key west should start the new year out with a bang.
Y’all come on down south for a good time in the sun. Here’s where we’ll be.

Make plans now to attend Planet Gumbo’s Annual Benefit at the American Legion at Lake Ella in Tallahassee FL on Saturday February 5th.  Sauce Boss Gumbo extravanganza with a silent auction of donated treasures.


People ask me all the time about my guitar.  “Who makes that silver guitar?”  Here’s the story.  The guitar is a “Bill Wharton Special”.  It’s made by a friend of mine, an English gentleman,  who lives in Paris.  He hand crafts resophonic instruments.  His name is Mike Lewis, and he is truly gifted. You can see all of his models at his website,  One of his clients is Eric Clapton.  The “Special” has been an integral part of my sound, standing up to a rocking band, delivering a huge slathering of BBQed slide, night after night. Never complaining,  always there, like a trusty hound dog, only better.  Thanks, Mike. I’m spoiled rotten.

Hot n Heavy Peach Sauce is the perfect marinade/BBQ sauce. If you haven’t tried it, you have led a sheltered and deprived childhood. So… Come on, kids!  Slather up yer eggplant and get cookin! This is unbelievably good.  Just slice the eggplant, dip it in the peach sauce and throw it on the grill.  Whoooooee!  ORDER HERE

OK.  If you have read this far, you obviously are willing to take a little “Sauce Boss Diversion”.  What I want to know is, while reading my last blog, did you  actually try to sing my mullet gizzard rant to the tune of “My Favorite Things”? Please let me know at

Pepe’s Cafe 806 Caroline St. Key West, Florida 33040 (305) 294-7192
While you’re in key west, you need to stop by Pepe’s Cafe for a great meal.  These guys have got it goin on. Casual, down home, and classy at the same time is a winning combination, and that’s the modus operandi at this little cafe on Caroline St.  The sign proudly proclaims, “Under Old Management”.  From the bar to the entire menu, only top shelf ingredients are used.  They have great seafood, an awesome veggie plate. and if you are a serious carnivore, you might try the Steak smothered in Pork Chops. Every Thursday is Thanksgiving with turkey and dressing. Every Sunday is BBQ day. Nothing tops the BBQ ribs, slathered with Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, which you can find on every table at Pepe’s.  Here’s Julie Bowland, hangin at Pepe’s, augmenting her breakfast with Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. Incidentally, the breakfast at Pepe’s is da BOMB. By far the best breakfast on the island:>)

Is that coffee in that mug?

Back in Florida One More Time, Basil Harvest, Chorizo, Yellowstone Vacation pics, And a Great Big THANK YOU!

October 26, 2010

Home Sweet Home!

Pensacola Beach, key west, Delray Beach, Green Cove Springs, Deland,
Ft. Lauderdale.

Here’s the low down on the hoe down.

I have received  hundreds and hundreds of well wishing phone calls, letters, cards, emails, prayers, good vibes, and posts on my guestbook and Facebook pages. I had a good run, and I was resigned to whatever would be, but I guess I have a few more strings to bend, a few more songs to sing, a few more mouths to feed, and a few more souls to fill with the spirit of brotherhood. I will see y’all somewhere down the road.

The song “I Broke My Heart” written after my first heart attack in 2003 appears on my “Come and Get” It CD.  You can get a copy for $5 from now until December 1st, or you can get a copy free with every case of Liquid Summer (any flavor or mixed) until then too.  Bout time to think about your holiday gifts.

We recently took a trip to Yellowstone to commune with nature and do some hiking.  Here’s some highlights on Facebook.

Time to harvest the herbs.  Here’s my Basil.

Freeze the leaves in little bags and use em through the cold months

Freeze the leaves in little bags and have basil through the cold months

1 Page Avenue Asheville, North Carolina 28801 (828) 350-1332

Asheville, North Carolina has been called the Paris of the South. You get the vibe hanging out at the Biltmore Mansion where Granny Clampett meets Marie Antoinette. The folks up near Mount Pisgah have perpetuated a somewhat sophisticated, albeit rough-hewn sensibility over the years that makes for some fine grazing around lunchtime. Organic veghead bill of fare is typical, and the charming little downtown is vibrant with artisan shops selling exotic chocolates, doggie treats, antiques, and hand made belt buckles.  The craftsmen share the sidewalk with color seekers, banjo buskers, and hillbilly rastas.  All in all, a colorful place to hang.

Hector Diaz is from the Dominican Republic.  He came to the US as a young boy, and worked in restaurants from a very early age.  He worked his way up from the bottom, and became a chef.  All of his clients said, “You need to open your own place.”  So Hector made them an offer they could not refuse.  He asked for $100 from all his friends.  He started a restaurant, and every one who gave him money was reimbursed in food. Hector Diaz is not just a regular chef.  He’s a creative and innovative artist who has perfected a Pan Latin cuisine all his own.  Local, natural chicken and pork, natural Angus beef, and organic eggs, assures that all ingredients are top notch. He makes his own bacon, sausage, and chorizo by hand.  He cures and smokes the salmon.  He makes his own habanero pepper sauce.  I like dis guy. The ever changing menu is breakfast and lunch with Senor Diaz’s fresh, savory, style. Killer salsa, great hot sauce, and wood fired organic tortillas are three things rarely available in restaurants, but all three in one place?  I’m ready to order.

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