THE SAUCE BOSS
100 % PURE
BURNING DISK 009
ZIPPER BIRD–MARQUIS DE SWAMP–GONNA BE ALL RIGHT–CHAINS–DELTA 9 BLUES–PECKERWOOD–CHICAGO COMBAT ZONE–CADILLAC OF A WOMAN–HEY WILBUR–SUN-SONG OF THE IRISH BAND–OUTLAW BLUES
Bill Wharton, better-known to food connoisseurs and blues aficionados alike as The Sauce Boss, has been turning out good gumbo and good blues for several years now. He’s blended blues and swampadelic grooves and has done so in a basically “one-man band” format. His latest album is entitled “100 % Pure,” and carries on Bill’s tradition of blues-based songs that include touches of humor, as well as venturing over to the dark side, and, even songs based on his true life stories. But, throughout, the groove is the thang!
Most all the cuts are driven by Bill’s wild man, Delta-fied slide attack that, at times, borders on the primal. Check this out on “Chains,” a tale about holding down the ones we love. “Delta 9 Blues” finds Bill craving a little “reefer to clear my mind,” while the set closes with the true account of being jailed in 1984 for the growing of marijuana. This one has a grungy, Hill-Country-stomp feel. Acoustic dobro is the instrument of choice as Bill recounts the dangers of being a three-year-old living with his parents in the South Side of Chicago, “Chicago Combat Zone.” At the other end of the spectrum is “Hey Wilbur,” done for pure fun.
We had two favorites, too. “Cadillac Of A Woman” is sweet, Christmas-themed ballad dedicated to that special love that comes only from our mothers, who are all “a diamond deluxe.” And, “Peckerwood” is another stompin’ shot of fun and the backwoods girls who love that “grass that is all the colors of the rainbow!”
The Sauce Boss has served up another delicious helping of foot-stompin’ good blues with “100 % Pure.” Get yo’self a big serving of this gumbo and…ENJOY!!! Until next time…..Sheryl and Don Crow.