Sauce Boss review…04-26-12

SAUCE BOSS

LIVE AT THE GREEN PARROT

BURNING DISK  BD 008

KILLER TONE–SMUGGLER’S COVE–GUMBO RECIPE–LONESOME RIDER–CHICKEN IN THE GUMBO–WHAT WAS I THINKING–OUT IN THE NIGHT–I CAN’T SIT DOWN–LUCKY CHARM–LET THE BIG DOG EAT–THE GOOG–PACO’S GARDEN–CATHEAD BISCUIT GOSPEL

 

Bill Wharton is much better known as the “Sauce Boss,” and he has made quite a career for himself not only as a fabulous bluesman, but as a chef noted for his Cajun cuisine.  A Sauce Boss show is not complete until you’ve been served a big bowl of gumbo, made during the show!  And, after thirteen albums and some 180, 000 bowls of gumbo, the Sauce Boss has recorded a live set.  “Live At The Green Parrot,” down in Key West, presents Bill at his best, with thirteen cuts in front of a hungry and appreciative crowd!

 

The Sauce Boss is a killer guitarist and vocalist, and writes songs we can all relate to.  That’s why his shows are so popular.  Here, he is backed by John Hart on second guitar, Jassen Wilber on bass, and Justin Headley on drums.  Check out his wicked slide work on “Lonesome Rider,” an ode to Harley riders everywhere.  Wasted romance brings Bill to ask the question, “What Was I Thinking,” while the set closes with the “blessing” for the gumbo, “Cathead Biscuit Gospel.”

 

We had three favorites, too.  The funky, slide-heavy, “Let The Big Dog Eat” has been a staple of Sauce Boss shows for three decades.  The leadoff cut is Bill’s “autobiography” of sorts—even tho he might have “bad credit and overdrawn loans,” it’s all good, ’cause he’s got “Killer Tone!”  And,  an ode to today’s inability to hide from “Big Brother” reminds us that you can’t get away  from Google, because “The Goog is out to getcha!”  It also features a spaced-out, hi-tech solo from Bill at the bridge.

 

Sauce Boss Bill Wharton is a performer who literally brings everything including the kitchen sink to one of his shows.  As for “Live At The Green Parrot,” let us all “Praise the Lord and pass the gumbo!!”   Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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