Bill Wharton ( The Sauce Boss)


Saturday Aug 31


Sauce BossLegendary performer (as chronicled in Jimmy Buffett’s 1999 hit “I Will Play for Gumbo”) Bill “Sauce Boss” Whartonbrings his Florida slide guitar blues, his gumbo, and his own hot sauce to every multi-sensory performance. ​Hisshow includes a culinary demonstration with audience stirring and sampling the gumbo. ​Sauce Boss is apowerhouse of energy with his one-man band.Florida swamp-funk slide guitarist, Bill Wharton has been a musician for over a half a century. On his 1989New Years Eve gig, Sauce Boss splashed a bottle of his Liquid Summer Hot Sauce into a huge pot ofsimmering gumbo, feeding the entire audience. The rest is history. 200,000 bowls later, he’s still feeding themasses for free at his shows. The Sauce Boss show is a soul shouting picnic of bluesy, rock and rollbrotherhood.One morning in the early ‘70s, The Sauce Boss walked out of his house and found a 1933 vintage National Steelguitar in his front yard. That lead him down the Blues path. Deep in the shed, he penned “Let the Big Dog Eat”.That Sauce Boss anthem was just on the top of the Roots Blues Charts for 12 weeks in 2016 with AlbertCastiglia’s cover. And the tune is also in Jonathan Demme’s movie “Something Wild”, AND on Jimmy Buffett’s“Late Night Menu at the Margaritaville Cafe” album. AARP’s syndicated TV show, “My Generation” came to StLouis to do a feature story on The Sauce Boss.. NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition" have bothcovered the Sauce Boss. CNN and EXTRA sent film crews to New York City Sauce Boss extravaganzas, TheFood Network's series "Extreme Cuisine" visited the Sauce Boss on location in New York, and another FoodNetwork series "Keith Famie's Adventures" filmed a Sauce Boss show in Miami. The Sauce Boss is the onlypersonality that’s been featured in “Living Blues”, “GQ”, AND "Gourmet Magazine".QUOTES"Everybody wants to be me, but I'd rather open up a bait shop and be you." - Jimmy Buffett"You makin me homesick" - Carey Bell (harp player for Muddy Waters)"You rocked my world!" - Emilio Fernandez (guitar player for Spirogyra)"Talk about a hot show: Bill Wharton brings it-music and gumbo-to a boil and never lets 'em leave hungry . . . thepoet laureate of sauce, the sauce boss himself, a gentleman by the name of Bill Wharton, a modern hero of theblues and a visionary . . . he's a gumbo preacher with a slide guitar." - Bob Shacochis, Gentlemen's Quarterly“Try this trick: Stir, play guitar, taste, adjust heat, guitar again, stir again, sing. Wharton's got gumbo down to ascience. Or is it a religion? Wharton doesn't really make gumbo; he plays it into existence summoning the spirit ofLightning Hopkins to share pot space with his own Liquid Summer hot sauce. As an artist, he's borrowed from therecipes of the Chicago blues as well as Julia Child. He takes a guitar, a pot and a burner onto stages of bluesfestivals and juke joints all over the world.”- Brett Anderson, City Paper Washington DC (Currently food critic for New Orleans Times Picayune)“He serves up his Gospel of the Gumbo to show people that when they come together for good food and goodmusic all the differences between them dissolve.”- Weekly Planet (Tampa FL)“Bill Wharton is a groove monster . . . the Orlando-born slide guitar wizard has likely put a stomp in your shoe anda twist in your hips..” - Bob Weinberg, Jazz and Blues Florida“Sauce Boss! This was a show within a show. Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton was a tremendous hit with his slide guitarand a giant pot of gumbo. Yes, he made gumbo on stage and even had fans come up and help give it a stir. It wasa delightful experience that fed the masses." (Review of Sauce Boss at Suwanee Roots Festival 2016)”- Betsy Green, Music Fest News