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Sauce Boss / Press

“(Review of "Live at the Green Parrot") This is the kind of electric blues that rock greats like Led Zeppelin pulled their inspiration from. Big fans of Zeppelin (like me) will hear echoes throughout the album, from the “Trampled Underfoot” style lick on the opening song “Killer Tone” to the “No Quarter” moments on “Out In The Night.””

“(Review of "Live at the Green Parrot") This cd is a 4 wheel drive party. Killer Tone opens the recording with a song that sounds like a cross between the Beatles and ZZ Top (heavy on ZZ). It's a gritty, grindy sliding good time. Smugglers Cove, loosely based on Rollin' and Tumblin', is another great track and Sauce Boss keeps his resonator and slide hot. Gumbo Recipe is a narrative song that has a jazzy base and Elvin Bishop style delivery. It's a blast. This album just reeks of party!”

“Sauce Boss is an eccentric figure with the guitar goods to play it straight. So why haven’t you heard from him before? One of his songs was used in the 1986 film Something Wild, but he seems to have spent the last three decades flying below the radar, perfecting the legendary gumbo he cooks and serves to his audiences at every show while simultaneously developing some mean skills as a blues slide player.”

Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Bill Wharton, a.k.a "The Sauce Boss", is a favorite attraction at blues festivals, state fairs, and clubs all over the country for two reasons: He's a wonderful player and singer, and he cooks up a mind-blowing gumbo right on stage, passing out the tasty results at set's end . . . Wharton's slide guitar is always innovative, and his high baritone matches the tunes perfectly. . . However, it could be the eatin' side of things that will permanently hook you into the Sauce Boss's universe . . ."”

Blues Revue

“The radio station (WNZF Beach 92.7 FM) came to us and wanted to do something,” museum director of development Mary Herron said. “I suggested that they get in touch with Bill Wharton because my family has known him forever and he’s a wonderful performer. Bill has his own gigantic fan base. Even before I’d sent out a press release I was getting calls from around the state about the date and time.”

“Try this trick: Stir, play guitar, taste, adjust heat, guitar again, stir again, sing. Wharton's got gumbo down to a science. Or is it a religion? Wharton doesn't really make gumbo; he plays it into existence summoning the spirit of Lightning Hopkins to share pot space with his own Liquid Summer hot sauce. As an artist, he's borrowed from the recipes of the Chicago blues as well as Julia Child. He takes a guitar, a pot and a burner onto stages of blues festivals and juke joints all over the world.”

Brett Anderson - City Paper (Washington DC)

“What does it take to earn a mention in a Jimmy Buffett song? The Gulf Coast Dalai Lama doesn't include just anyone in his lyrics.”

"Talk about a hot show: Bill Wharton brings it-music and gumbo-to a boil and never lets 'em leave hungry . . . the poet laureate of sauce, the sauce boss himself, a gentleman by the name of Bill Wharton, a modern hero of the blues and a visionary . . . he's a gumbo preacher with a slide guitar . . . He and his band don't just perform the blues they cook them, literally . . . "

Bob Shacochis - Gentlemen's Quarterly

“Wharton, who is in town to perform today and Sunday at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, had stopped by Pinellas Hope on Friday to cook gumbo and entertain the homeless. It's a labor of love he's been performing for the past five years. He's become so well known for his championship of the homeless that Jimmy Buffett wrote a song about him called I Will Play for Gumbo. "It's a big soup kitchen wherever I am, and I bring the kitchen," Wharton said. "I like sharing (and) I'm doing my own thing - totally." ”

“WE'VE MET THE GUMBO AND IT IS US "It's actually more than a metaphor. A metaphor is used to describe a thing. Gumbo is this thing. ... This is the embodiment of what we are in America," says lifelong Floridian Bill Wharton, who has spent the last 20 years playing swampy blues on slide guitar while cooking a big pot of gumbo onstage.”

“Bill Wharton has heaped this new platter, which he sells with snake-oil charm, with a foot stomping, full-length blues album and a cookbook, and a travelogue of Bill's favorite road food and a gumbo video, not to mention a history of his Liquid Summer Hot Sauces and an instant Internet link to the Sauce Boss' own Web site for concert listings, a new recipe every month, sound clips and MP3 giveaways. ". . .So he serves up his Gospel of the Gumbo to show people that when they come together for good food and good music all the differences between them dissolve.”

Weekly Planet (Tampa FL)
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