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

                                          This weekend!jazz-flyer

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.

                                          Music on the Bay March 4thp6wuhko

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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Summer Once More

May 16, 2016

Tour Schedule: Carrabelle, Pensacola Beach, Orange Beach, Tallahassee, Chester, SC, Raleigh, Ashland, VA, Washington DC, Kent Narrows MD, Ellicottville NY, Sharon PA, Warren OH, Buffalo NY. More to come.

Celebration of the Life and Music of Majic John
June 5  The Junction @ Monroe  6 – 9 PM

John Michael Jones 1948-2016

Intelligent, funny,  kind, generous, and musically gifted are a few words that come to mind. He was a good man. I first played with Majic John in 1967. Over the next few decades, we did occasional gigs together, played in a few bands together, until 1993, when he became my full time bass player. We spent sixteen years traveling all over the states, as well as Canada and Europe. He was always ready to jump in the van, or hop a flight. He loved to travel to new places, to see the sights, taste the food, and sip the wine and whiskey. We had a real good time. So with tears  of sorrow and joy, I must say, “Bon voyage, my brother”.

Big Dog CD

“Let the Big Dog Eat” rears its head once more. Albert Castiglia (That’s Ka-Steel-Ya) is about to release his latest CD featuring my tune, Let the Big Dog Eat. The song has already debuted at #1 on XM Radio.   It’s done me well: It was used by Jonathan Demme in his movie, “Something Wild”. It was also covered by Alex Taylor (James Taylor’s brother). “Let the Big Dog Eat” was also featured on Jimmy Buffett’s “Late Night Menu at the Margaritaville Cafe” CD. And NOW… Albert does a smokin version of the tune. He would come to see me play at Tobacco Road when he was a boy. Now he’s a Big Dog. Congratulations Albert.

 

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NAZDOROVYE Russian House
307 East 5th Street Austin, TX 78701   512-428-5442
Right next to Antone’s in Austin, Texas, this is a culinary oasis in a neighborhood of over priced tourist traps. It’s like visiting your  Russian relatives at supper time.  All things Russian decorate  the place. The coat rack is full of Russian military coats. The ambience is steeped in the dark atmosphere of some really thick novel, heavy with  what has happened. Like Doctor Zhivago could walk in the door and sit down to dinner. And the bar is…vodka. They gave us free shots.
BorschtLittleI had to try the Borsch.  Delish!  So for a couple of bowls of soup, sauerkraut, bread, and the shots, we got out of there for around $20.

 

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The Wild…
This hawk perched next to the pond behind my studio was curious. I stood within eight feet of him for fifteen minutes and we had a moment of checkin each other out. I’ve had so many close encounters with “The Wild”. When I was a kid I spent a great deal of my time exploring the swamps around my home in Longwood, Florida. There I found a deep respect for the gators, snakes, fowls, and all critters that populated the dark and murky environs. They were real. They showed me awareness of the viscerality of life in the swamp.  I carry that awareness with me to this day. I am wild.
Moose1Once I saw a moose in the Grand Tetons. I had been warned to not get too close, especially if it’s a cow and calf together. They can be very dangerous.
Moose2I moved closer to get a better look. I got a pretty good picture of her.
Moose3Just chillin, havin a drink o that pure Teton stream.
Moose4She was oblivious to my presence.
Moose5Then she looked up. Straight at me.
Moose6Continuing to drink, she kept an eye on me.
Moose7Then she turned around.
Moose8That’s when I noticed the calf.
Moose9Cute little Bullwinkle.
Moose10Mom continued to drink.
Moose11So baby moose wants something to drink also.
Moose12As the calf approaches mom, she looks straight at me…
Moose13Then she walks toward me. She’s checkin me out.
Moose15Just then the calf runs to mother.
Moose17Uh Oh…
Moose18Good Stuff!
Moose19So Mom takes a look around, checkin me out… then… she…
Moose20CHARGES!!!!!
Moose21With her eyes on me and calf in tow.
Moose22She ran right past me.  Her calf is on her heals. And I’m here to tell you bout it. WOW!!!!!

Summer Fruit Salad
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Use what you have, and what you can get. The blackberries, basil (African, Thai, and Italian), and guava flowers are from the yard. Then there’s mango, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and apple.  and lemon juice squeezed over the whole thing. Y’all have a salad of a Summer. Let the Big Dog Eat!


Ho Ho Ho! The Sauce Boss Is Comin To Town!

November 30, 2015

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Road Trip:  New York, Hartford, DuBoise, Rochester, Syracuse, Sharon, and Pittsburgh.
Yeah, it’s that time again. Every December, for a quarter of a century, I’ve made the trek to the Northeast for my annual holiday tour. I love the way the people come out of the woodwork for indoor sports. Makes me feel like the Creole Santy Claus. Ho, ho, ho, I’m rollin your way!

Here’s the Schedule.

For those in the NYC area, I’m excited to be playing for my good friends at the Bayou  in  Mount Vernon for their Hot Hell Fest on Thursday December 3rd at 9:00 pm. Spicy food, plenty of sauce, and a hot chili pepper eating contest. This is not for the feint of heart. It’s gonna be HOT!

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Time to re-up!
Still time to order yer holiday gifts y’all. Click Here for CDs, LPs, Hot Sauce (Buy a case & share the heat), T Shirts, and Hats.

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So many have asked about this guitar. What is it? OK here is the skinny on the fat sound I get with this amazing guitar. This is the Bill Wharton Special, made by my friend Mike Lewis. Mike is a Parisian luthier who makes resophonic guitars. His company moniker is Fine Resophonic. http://fineresophonic.com/  In addition to being a beautiful instrument, it’s also and incredible work horse. You can hear the National/Dobro “cone” sound clearly, even at high volume. It blows everything else I’ve heard out of the water. It stays in tune, even with the Sauce Boss heavy hand. Mike also makes resophonic ukes. Check out the Fine Resophonic website. It’s a trip. I am honored and humbled to have this great model guitar named after little ol. Thanks Mike!
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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. This is great, healthy eating. 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 your mind. Indeed 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. Really good. Hey, do me a favor. Tell em the Sauce Boss sent cha. Make my day. I’ll see y’all at Soul Veg.

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GingerGlop is a hearty snack that will get you down the road. A no brainer. Quick and easy, a little sweet, and gingery. Kinda like an energy bar all in a lump.
2 cups oatmeal
1 ½ cups flour
4 bananas
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup honey
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbs cinnamon
2 tbl fresh grated ginger
1 tbs vanilla
350 degrees for 10 ish minutes

Wishing all y'all the happiest of holidays, and the best new year yet. 2016 is lookin mighty sweet. Keep Cookin!

Wishing all y’all the happiest of holidays, and the best New Year yet. 2016 is lookin mighty sweet. Keep Cookin!

 

 


Come On Down To The Florida Keys

February 1, 2015

SnorkelI am cookin in Florida during February. So all you natives, transplants, and all you snowbirds check my schedule for yer “Gumbo Blues”. First up is the Hot Foods and Spicy Blues Fest at the Florida Agriculture Museum in Palm Coast and Earl’s Hideaway in Sebastian. Then Key West, Marathon, Key Largo, and Tampa, 100%Pure180 Here’s where you can get 100% PURE on CD or LP. As you see from this photo, the LP is 180 grams of Pure Sauce Boss.  And the test press sounds GREAT!

Here are a few quotes: As you listen to this album, you realize that it’s just one really cool blues song after another. If this guy makes gumbo as well as he plays slide guitar, then one of his shows must be as good as you’ll ever see. After all, blues and gumbo is a tough combination to beat. If you like lowdown-boogie blues, you are going to love Sauce Boss. Gary Schwind Axs.com 

Really cool new record! Great job.
John Nemeth

Your new record is your best!! Congrats
Anita West

I just received the newest release, 100% Pure, from Sauce Boss and it’s a one man blast!
Bman’s Blues Report

…a true blues artist and an album with 12 great songs to rock out on the side Freddy Vandervelpen (Netherlands) Wharton is a kick-ass slide guitar player out of Florida who has a bunch of raging and rockin’ songs and while he’s performing, he cooks a pot of gumbo.
Bill Locey Rock ‘n’ Roll Call

Your new album is great!
Pierce Pettis

ABSOLUTELY amazing Sauce Boss … This double album of his own power and expressiveness has to intrigue anyone who likes to have the blues. Yes, it is a one man band but Bill does not sound so, around him all bursting with exceptional, inervirajućeg blues , which are very easy to completely surrender. Sauce Boss his music do the first small miracles. Why? He quickly reaches a temperature exceeding 100 degrees and then, believe me, all in his hands. Whether you sing, whether it plays guitar, whether prepared a new recipe, he is a master of his kitchen and he is the one who is responsible for each ingredient. And believe me, this ‘study dish’ contains twelve high-performance ingredients, spices , which in their combination, provide something that will very often ‘ boil ‘ in their devices and enjoy all the charms that it provides. RECOMMENDATION : If you want to spend some meaningful almost 42 minutes, put in your stereo devices–not in a microwave oven–a great album ” 100 % Pure “, press ‘ PLAY & REPEAT ‘ and you will not only enjoy, but you will feel a new , fresh and extremely motivating energy. Do not wait a moment… make it fully !
Soundguardian (Croatia)

100% Pure is a bona fide Sauce Boss tour-de-force. All I could do after the last song was try to catch my breath before I started the whole thing over! Want to put a smile on your face? Get a copy, crank it up and start dancin’. Brother Bill, you have thrown it down, my friend…
Terry Kori

Cool stuff, man!
Selwin Birchwood

There’s a presence there in the music like the whole thing is like a live show, sitting right on the front row. And to me, that’s one of the hardest things to do, is to get that feeling, that sound, that tone, that…ouevre, and have that be what you’re hearing coming out of the speakers. The only problem with this is, now you’ve gotta figure out how to top this.
Jeffrey Clements

Sangria BlancoSauce Boss Sangria Blanco made with grapefruit juice, pineapple, Sauvignon Blanc, pineapple juice, cinnamon, and cloves.
 pepes_interiorI can’t come to key west without visiting Pepe’s Cafe and Steakhouse. Est. 1909. Great food, great service, great people!
What A State. I Love Florida

What A State. I Love Florida


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.

 


New Sauce Boss Album Is 100% Pure!

August 17, 2014
Big Top Chautauqua       July 26, 2014

Big Top Chautauqua
July 26, 2014

100% Pure is the latest opus from the one man band. A serious traveling,  gumbo slingin, slide playin, drum kickin,  high hat stompin, low down, gut bucket blues singin, romp through twelve original tunes. Straight out of the true life adventures of Bill Wharton, as I manifest my way through the ether  that we call “existence”.  Twelve songs, mostly autobiographical glimpses into the happenings and goings on, down in the counties that count.


You can get your copy of  “100% Pure” through my Kickstarter program. Click HERE to order.

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The album features my one man band format. This is a radical departure from any production I have ever done, but one that feels perfectly natural to me. One thing I know, it was the easiest burst of creativity I ever had. From start to finish, the whole thing swirled and coalesced onto the disc in Detroit at the Sound Shop Studio. Recorded and mixed by Motor City Josh Ford. We had a gooood time. It will knock you out. I got a lot of noise out of this little kit. Should be out in a few months on Vinyl, CD, and Download formats. Check out the Kickstarter video. If that doesn’t make you grin, you need to see a doctor.

Upcoming Shows:
Takin it easy for the next couple of months so I can do the artwork and packaging. However, I’m excited to get back to a few of my faves and turn y’all on to the new tunes. First off, Friday, August 22nd, I’m hitting the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee.  Hope to see some ol time friends and neighbors  this coming weekend. Saturday August 23rd, I will be at another one of my haunts. The Alley in Sanford is always a stone cold hoot! I have a lot of friends in Sanford, being part of the Kingsnake Records family for so long.  Here’s the tour schedule.

NobleFish
Noble Fish 45 E 14 Mile Road Clawson, Michigan 48017
248-585-2314   http://noblefish.com/

Yellowtail, Umbashi Plum, Veggiemaki, and Salmon Skin Handroll

Yellowtail, Umbashi Plum, Veggiemaki, and Salmon Skin Handroll

Noble Fish is a Japanese market with a little tiny sushi bar in the back. I love down home sushi. It feels more authentic, like the simple and modest food known for increasing longevity, that the fishermen have been eating for centuries. The fish is verry fresh and the casual, relaxed atmosphere is fine with me.

The Packard Factory in Detroit. A beautiful ruin from a long time ago.

The Packard Factory in Detroit. A beautiful ruin from a long time ago.

 


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