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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Bill Wharton

The Sauce Boss is a powerhouse entertainer, mixing his Bluesy slide guitar and soulful voice into an unforgettable high-energy show. His very own hot sauce spices up a big pot of gumbo while he spices up the show with his own original Blues. He has served hundreds of thousands of people for free at his legendary live shows. Sauce Boss mixes media like cornbread in his performance. Hot sauce, blues, chicken, funk, onions and okra, heartfelt songs, peppers and soul, seafood and slide guitar, all go into the gumbo. The aroma wafts through the place. The Sauce Boss stirs up the crowd. The crowd stirs up the pot. It’s a soul-shouting picnic of Rock and Roll brotherhood, and at the end of the show, everyone eats.

Bill Wharton, AKA Sauce Boss, is the guy Jimmy Buffett sang about in his song “I Will Play for Gumbo.” Wharton’s anthem, “Let the Big Dog Eat” is included on Buffett’s “Late Night Menu at the Margaritaville Cafe” album. Albert Castiglia released his cover of the tune, and it hit #1 on blues charts. “Let the Big Dog Eat” has also appeared in the movies “Something Wild” (Jonathan Demme), and the Rock Doc, “Jimmy Carter Rock and Roll President.” This tune and sixteen other works in the documentary earned Wharton “‘Best Original Score” from the Los Angeles Film Awards.