Sauce Boss to dish out blues licks

Sauce Boss

Bill "The Sauce Boss" Wharton

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM.

Tallahassee’s Bill Wharton, better known as the Sauce Boss, will return to Port St. Joe as a music guest for the 17th annual Scallop Festival.

The Sauce Boss is known for his creative and high-energy blues concerts where he simultaneously cooks a pot of gumbo on stage. At the end of the concert, it’s chow time for the audience.

Four years ago, Wharton brought his brand of “swampy Florida blues” to the Port St. Joe Marina and he’ll soon make a valiant return. Despite the absence, Wharton made it clear that he’s no stranger to the Gulf.

In his years as a solo artist he spent time playing up and down the venues of St. George Island and said that Cape San Blas is one of his favorite areas to visit.

From the age of 14, Wharton had been playing music, but as legend goes, in early 1970, he wandered outside and found a 1930’s steel guitar in his yard and the instrument showed him the way of the blues.

He bared his soul and started penning songs about harmony and brotherhood.

“Blues is universal,” said Wharton. “The music lifts you up and that’s why I play it.”

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