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

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!

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 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.


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.


May 11, 2010

key west, Spartanburg, Knoxville, Palatka, New Jersey, Rochester, Pittsburgh. We are cookin the shrimp all over the place.

If you can not make it to key west, you can dig the Sauce Boss via the Parrot’s live webcam.
Show times are:
5:30 on Friday afternoon, 10:30 Friday nite, 10:30 Saturday nite, and 5:30 on Sunday afternoon.


It’s not like the old site with a couple of choices for sauce and some CDs.  Now there’s mix and match specials, single bottles, cases, package deals, t-shirts…all kinds of stuff.  And stay tuned for limited run sauce and music items.  Coming soon is Sauce Boss vinyl. Check out the store here.


6840 FRONT ST. KEY WEST (STOCK ISLAND) 305-294-33040

Y’all ready for the freshest seafood in key west?  The last best kept secret in the keys? The newest hush-hush, only known to locals, off the beaten track, completely chill, right next to the boats, bringing home the catch to the few, the chosen, the truly hip, the lucky dogs who are in the “know”?
Try the Shrimp Shack.  My good friend Ray runs the place.  Ray and the Sauce Boss go back 20 years.  After retiring from being GM at Margaritaville, he took over the chores of a little restaurant on the docks of Stock Island.  The Shrimp Shack gets the seafood from the fish market which is in the same location.  It has huge piles of right off the boat key west pinks, lobsters, snappers, mahi, tuna, oysters, clams, conch, mussels, squid, smoked fish, and fresh catch. (whatever’s coming off the boats at that moment)
This place is right on the docks.  Right next to the shrimp boats tied up to their moorings, with the charm and surly character of the wild and fiercely independent professional fishermen.  This is a part of key west which has sadly disappeared as condos, upscale eateries, and t-shirt shops have replaced the true character with sanitized imitations of the old key west, suitable for a cruise ship crowd.  I don”t know about you, but I would rather eat with the fleet.

Dining On The Docks

Shrimp Cocktail With Liquid Summer Datil Sauce
Boil or steam some of those key west pinks just long enough to be considered done. Do not over cook the shrimp. Mix a half a cup of ketchup with the juice of a lemon, 2 tbs of  Liquid Summer Datil Pepper Hot Sauce,  1 tbs horseradish,  and proceed to chow down.

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