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!

 


Music On The Bay 2019 Plus

February 26, 2019

CLICK for complete Sauce Boss Schedule

RECORD RELEASE & BOOK SIGNING EVENTS COMING SOON

March 2 Tampa FL
March 9 Thomasville GA
March 16 Nocatee FL
March 17 Arcadia FL
March 22 Jacksonville FL
March 23 Apalachicola FL
March 29 Pensacola Beach FL

MOTB
March 2, 2019 – Music on the Bay

“This is a one of a kind Trop-Rock festival! The event will start Thursday and the music will keep playing until the last note ending just after sunset on Sunday… We have assembled some of the best Trop Rock musicians on the planet to be a part of this PHenomenal event!”

Awwwlways a major hoot. This will be my sixth time bringing my music and gumbo to the Music on the Bay, and it just gets better and better every year. As always we are partying with a purpose! The event benefits The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

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Vinyl is HERE!
Blind Boy Billy is now available on Vinyl. The recording on this record is pristine and the string arrangements are exquisite! Think Sauce boss with a sousaphone and symphony, and you have an idea of what it sounds like. On the vinyl, it jumps into your lap like your favorite pet. Truly a collectible.

The Life And Times!

Get my Cookbook Memoir HERE!

Peruvian Trucha With Mangos

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I’ve got a great fish recipe. The idea came from a little Peruvian restaurant, nestled in the little town of Aguas Caliente, right next to Machu Picchu. After a day of climbing toward the sun, using every muscle in my body negotiating the Inca Trail and navigating the “steps” carved into the mountain, (the steps were about a foot wide. On the right hand side of the steps was a shear wall going hundreds of feet straight up, and on the left side of the steps was nothing for hundreds of feet down, the steps were carved into the cliff), and after getting lost on the way to The cave of the Virgins, wandering through the terraced gardens on the cliffs of Huayna Picchu, after after reaching the top of the mountain, making my way back down to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, and soaking in the hot springs in Aguas Caliente, Sunburned and sore…after all this, I was hongry! So the “trout” with mango hit the spot. It inspired me to do something similar. Instead of the Peruvian Trucha I used a whole filet of salmon and I added red mullet roe, and I made a salsa with big chunks of mangos, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. I baked the salmon. When the fish was mostly done, I covered the whole mess with salsa and finished it off in the broiler. 

Machu Picchu

Foraging on the Skyway

Usually, this little segment of my story is called “Foraging on the Highway”. This time it’s about one of those places where it was difficult to find a bad meal. A place where food quality begins with ingredients grown for the taste rather than the looks of the meats and vegetables. A place that has not totally compromised to the bottom line, almighty dollar mono-culture food production. Istanbul! Here’s a few meals we had last fall in Turkey.

To begin the day: Menemen. Eggs with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Served with yogurt and honey, cheeses and olives.

 

Fresh sardines and greens.

 

Rooftop dining with a view of the Blue Mosque. While in Istanbul…CHOPS!

 

The Spice Bazaar!

 

 

Grilled to perfection.

 

Stuffed Eggplant

 

A boat trip across the Bosphorus to see how the Asian lamb chops compare.

 

Mediterranean Crabs. Sweeeeet!

 

Perhaps the tastiest beef dish I ever ate. The waiter had a six word English vocabulary and was a bit miffed that I could not speak the Turkish language. This was a last minute trip with hardly any time to prepare. What an adventure. Beef hearts. YUMMM!

 

Dessert. The Turkish people love their “delights”!

Needless to say, I went off my diet…

Stay tuned to this years travelog. Please share the Sauce Boss Adventures the with your friends and family. Sign up to get my musical newsletter/recipe/restaurant review/blog. I am one lucky guy to have this view of the world, I am privileged to be able to share it with all y’all. 

Keep Cookin in 2019!!!!!!

 

 

 


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 sauceboss.com 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
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!


Tallahassee to key west and Some In Between

October 24, 2017

 

Tallahassee, Miami, key west, Sebastian, Delray Beach, Zephyrhills, Sanford, Brooksville, Monticello.

3 pm October 28.

October 28 is a double. After the Jazz and Blues Fest, I will throw down at the Junction @ Monroe. with Mel Melton on harp and rubboard. Mel was Sonny Landreth’s harmonica man for years. He’s also a chef so we will be stirrin it up. Dylan “Ragpicker” Allen will open the show. On Halloween I will be cooking in Miami at a homeless shelter. And then

THE MEETING OF THE MINDS
The international  convention of Parrotheads converging on key west for a week of trop rockin.


Here’s my schedule for MOTM.
Wed. November 1,  at 6 pm. CW Colt Backyard Concert Charity Series. Proceeds to help the Keys recover.
Thurs. November 2, at 11:45 pm. The Casa Marina on the Beach Stage with Mel Melton.
Fri. November 3, at 5:30 pm. The Ocean Key Resort.

Then I’ll be workin my way back home.
Saturday, November 4, at the Titanic in Miami
Sunday, November 5, at Earls Hideaway in Sebastian with
J P Soars and the Red Hots
Tuesday, November 7, at Bostons on the Beach in Delray Beach
Thursday, November 9, at Rhythm and Brews in Zephyrhills
Saturday, November, 11 at the Alley in Sanford
Sunday, November 12, at the Riverhawk Music Festival in Brooksville
Friday, November 17, at the Downtown Getdown in Tallahassee
Friday, December 1, at the Monticello Opera House inwell, you know.

FOR MORE DETAILS SAUCEBOSS.COM

Liquid Summer Cocktail Sauce

Key West Pinks

3 Tbs Liquid Summer Datil Sauce (or more!)
1 Tbs Horseradish
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Catsup to taste
Liquid Summer makes the best cocktail sauce. This is one of my favorite recipes. The datil peppers merging with the lemon and catsup. There’s an immediate zing from the horseradish, and then the datils come up slow from the bottom, crescendoing into a tart, heady, spicy, melange of flavor that explodes  all over the fat of the shrimp…want some…

Buy Liquid Summer Here!

The Hot Sauce For The New Millennium

 

I have had a magical year.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I travel around and I play my own music . . . exclusively my own music! What did I do to deserve this artistic carte blanche?  Well… workin my ass off for fifty years has helped, however, I couldn’t have done it without y’all. So here’s a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the shows, to the venues and their staffs, to the festivals and the parties, to the promoters, agents, radio, and press, to the Parrothead clubs and the Blues societies, to the monster musicians that sat in with me, to Peach and Dale Hench, and to Ruthie Wharton. I’m talkin ’bout ALL Y’ALL!!

AND… THANK YOU, Jimmy Buffett!  Your song, “I Will Play For Gumbo” has made a big difference in my schedule. All these guys in loud shirts keep showin up to the gigs. But more than that, I know now, that I can bring the good weather to the blues. It’s all about the attitude. So again, much love, keep cookin, and I’ll see ya down the road.


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

Cabin Fever Info
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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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Meeting of the Minds and Skippers Smokehouse

October 29, 2016

motm1625th Annual Meeting Of The Minds 2016 “Here We Are” IS SOLD OUT!
And there’s more options to see, hear, taste, and yes, smell the Sauce Boss while in the Keys!

Wednesday November 2nd. 8 pm to 11:30 at Island Dogs 505 Front St. key west
Thursday  November 3rd . 10 pm at the Casa Marina
Friday November 4th. Boondocks 27205 Overseas Hwy Ramrod Key
Sunday, the Highlands Fine Art Festival in Sebring, Florida 1:30 pm

Can’t wait to see all my phamished, phood phondling phriends, phlirtatiously  phoraging  my phantastic, phamous GUMBO THROWDOWN!!!!! (You know what I mean, Vern?)

AND…Friday November 11, I will be smokin @ Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa. 8 pm.  910 Skipper Road Tampa, FL
Here’s a link to the whole schedule.

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