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!

 


BLIND BOY BILLY IS HERE!

January 11, 2019

Get new CD from CD Baby 

And digital downloads on I-tunes and Amazon

Vinyl is coming soon!

The Sauce Boss took his one-man band to Nashville to make his latest recording.   On the title cut he is joined by violin, sousaphone, snare drum, and backing singers to tell the story of Blind Boy Billy, an irascible traveling fiddle player. The ragtime tune careens off the road into a down home fiddle stomp and ends up playing the blues away. 
 
“I Will Play For Gumbo” is Jimmy Buffett’s zydeco-flavored homage to the Sauce Boss. Buffett sings:
“The Sauce Boss does his cookin’ on the stage
Singing and a-picking for his nightly wage
Sweating and a frettin’ from his head to his toe
Playin’ and swayin’ with the gumbo.”
This version, done as only the Sauce Boss can do it, ROCKS with one-man band and sousaphone.
 
“Lonely Girl” is a heart wrenching duet with the Boss and viola.
The one-man band rocks “Little Driver”.
A soul singer, with an acoustic guitar, and a sousaphone paint a picture of a guy sitting on the “Dock of the Bay” in this cover of Otis Redding’s classic tune.   “What She Gonna Do” begs the question: how funky can a one-man blues groove get?  “Pleasures of the Deep” ends the album with a soulful Sauce Boss singing with a very lush string quartet.
Produced by David Davidson, Bobby Shin: engineer at The Library Studios, Nashville TN
Bill Wharton: vocal, guitar and one-man band
David Davidson: violin, viola, and string arrangement
String quartet on “Pleasures of the Deep”: David Davidson and David Angell (violins), Monisa Angell (viola), Carol Rabinowitz (cello)
Joe Murphy: sousaphone
Dennis Holt: snare drum
Jamie Paul and Jason Eskridge: backing vocals

CD Release Parties and Book Signings coming up:

Summer Crush Winery Ft Pierce Saturday Jan 19th

Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee Friday January 25th

Sauce Boss 2019 Tour Schedule

Liquid Summer Tea 
(LSTea)

With the flu season upon us, this recipe really works. Ruthie makes this when there’s a cleansing in order. It’s delicious. I sometimes add a little fresh ground turmeric for extra fortification.

1 Tbsp Liquid Summer Hot Sauce 

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp lemon juice

Chamomile tea

Ground turmeric (optional)

Ceramic planter by Annie Wharton


Holiday Shows

November 28, 2018

Northern run: Pittsburgh, Lima NY, Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Clearfield PA. Schedule

I have been doing this run for 27 years.  Though it gets a little nippy at times, I love coming north for a few weeks to enjoy the holidays with my friends in the rust belt. Salt of the earth kind of folks who have been listening to my stuff for over a quarter of a century.

For your holiday reading/listening/cooking pleasure:

My memoir is also a songbook and a cookbook. I filet the story of my life, smoke it, and sandwich it between photographs, tunes and recipes. It’s the backstory of a life of sharing food and music. It’s also a story of an outlaw grower of fine cannabis, and his brush with the law. The soundtrack and the recipes follow the story, mixing media like it was cornbread in this one of a kind memoir. Available now, you can order it from Amazon, or you can get an autographed copy at the shows.

Here’s a recipe for instant banana, key lime ice cream from the book.

6 frozen bananas, chopped
3 key limes
3 oz plain yogurt
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Juice the limes and dump all the ingredients into a food processor. Delish

And… there’s Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.
With holiday gatherings and feasting everywhere, Liquid Summer will bring the energy level up in any setting.

Send a little Florida heat to your family and friends, put it on yer breakfast, on yer dinner too, you can shake my sauce all over yer BBQ. Some people eat bacon, some people eat beans, I’d like to throw my hot sauce all over yer collard greens! Liquid Summer will CHANGE your life!

Manzari’s Italian Restaurant
105 E. Miller St. Elmira, New York
607-732-9359
I read in a review of Manzari’s that if you order a salad  this is what they bring you. They had me at that point. I believe that spaghetti, meatball sandwich, or ham sandwich IS the menu. Since 1930 these guys have been dishing out the hand made meatballs, and to this day, Dad still comes in every day to make em. Read the Yelp or Facebook reviews.
“Spotless kitchen”.
“Best sauce and super great meatballs. They do it simple and they do it well. Great family owned place!”
Dinner is $7 or $8. It comes with garlic bread. The locals adore this place. Definitely a destination, this ain’t no chain restaurant. This is family. This is true Italian culture, transplanted in a little out of the way New York town. A “find” is what I call it.

Happy Holidays and Seasoned Greetings!!!!


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!


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