When the late Robert Johnson first sired the blues with songs like Theyre Red Hot, he couldnt have known the extreme to which his influence would one day be taken by Floridas own Bill Wharton, a.k.a. the Sauce Boss. In Whartons world, its not just the blues that are red hot -- its the food too.
That comparison notwithstanding, Whartons blues arent very traditional. Theyre a tasty gumbo of ingredients that have crept into modern blues over the years. His musics got southern swamp boogie. Its got rootsy rock ´n roll. And, of course, slide guitar as spicy as Whartons own Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (which you can buy at his shows). Its enough to make B.B. King pull out his OneTouch blood sugar meter.
For the uninitiated, heres something you havent seen before: Wharton cooks up his gumbo right on stage and serves it to the crowd. Literally. When you go to a Sauce Boss show, you bring your ears and your appetite.