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Blind Boy Billy

by Sauce Boss

In addition to his gutsy solo one-man band tracks, the Sauce Boss has added violin, sousaphone, snare drum and backing singers to tell the ragtime story of an irascible traveling fiddler, Blind Boy Billy and covers Jimmy Buffett's "I Will Play for Gumbo".
Genre: Blues: Jump Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blind Boy Billy
2:41 $0.99
2. I Will Play for Gumbo
2:25 $0.99
3. Lonely Girl
4:04 $0.99
4. Little Driver
2:08 $0.99
5. Dock of the Bay
3:37 $0.99
6. What She Gonna Do
2:36 $0.99
7. Pleasures of the Deep
4:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bill Wharton, the Sauce Boss, took his one-man band to Nashville to make his latest EP recording. On the title cut he was joined by violin, sousaphone, snare drum, and backing singers to tell the story of Blind Boy Billy, an irascible traveling fiddle player. The funky ragtime tune careens off the road into a downhome fiddle stomp and ends up playing the blues away.

"I Will Play For Gumbo" is Jimmy Buffett's zydeco flavored homage to the Big Easy, his grandmother's recipe, and to the Sauce Boss himself. 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, 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.

"Blind Boy Billy" is a companion to Bill Wharton's just released memoir on Amazon entitled "The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy". The memoir is also a songbook 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. Bill Wharton is a slide guitarist and singer known for his gastronomic boogie-woogie, and his Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. He cooks up a pot of gumbo at his concerts and serves it to his audience. For nearly 30 years The Sauce Boss has combined his music, his hot sauce, his gumbo, and his Southern hospitality all over the US, and into Canada, Europe, and Asia. Thousands of gigs. Over 1,000,000 miles on the highway. Tons of hot sauce. Way over 200,000 people served, and he’s never charged a penny for the gumbo.

Produced by David Davidson
Bill Wharton: vocal, guitar and one-man band
David Davidson: violin, viola, and string arrangement
Joe Murphy: sousaphone
Dennis Holt: snare drum
Jamie Paul and Jason Eskridge: backing vocals
String quartet on Pleasures of the Deep: David Davidson and David Angell (violins), Monisa Angell (Viola), Carol Rabinowitz (Cello)
Bobby Shin: engineer
Album artwork by Dick and Linda Bangham.



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