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Showing posts with label Sauce Boss. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Swampside Records artist: Sauce Boss - Peanuts - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Peanuts, from Sauce Boss, and I think it's his best yet. Taken from the original score for the Jimmy Carter film, Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President, this release opens with Let the Big Dog Eat, a romping rocker with a heavy bass line by Majic John Jones and rowdy vocals by Boss, backed by Pat Ramsey on harmonica, Lucky Peterson on organ, and Shannon Kori on drums. Zipper Bird is a cool blues rocker with Boss winding it out nicely on slide guitar. Very cool. Slinky, Alligator, is one of my favorite tracks on the release with a funky back beat and with Ramsey answering Boss's wailing vocal call on harmonica over a strong bass line. Very cool. Outlaw Blues is a raw, blues specifically working Boss' slide work and holler vocals over a driving drum beat. Gotta love this. Out In The Night is a strong rock jam that I would associate with Joe Walsh's style. It has pure blues rock bones and elevated guitar work, supported by John Hart on guitar, Jassen Wilber on bass and Justin Headley on drums. Wrapping the release is quiet ballad, Song of The Irish Band, featuring boss on guitar and vocal. This is really a versatile release with something for everyone.



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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Burning Disk Records artist: Sauce Boss - Blind Boy Billy - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blind Boy Billy, from Sauce Boss and it's a different recipe from earlier releases with David Davidson featured on strings. A companion to just released memoir entitled The Life and Times of Blind Boy Billy not only tells Wharton's story but includes a songbook and a cookbook. Opening with the title track, Blind Boy Willie, Sauce Boss (Bill Wharton) leads the way on vocal, guitar and one man band, accompanied by Davidson, Joe Murphy on sousaphone, Dennis Holt on snare and Jamie Paul and Jason Eskridge on backing vocals. A bluegrass flavored track, Davidson winds it up Charlie Daniels style. On Jimmy Buffett's I Will Play For Gumbo, Sauce Boss on lead guitar, one man band and guitar parties over cool sousaphone work by Murphy. Foot stompin' blues rocker, Little Driver, is raw and gutsy with cool slide and primitive rhythm. Otis Redding's, Dock Of the Bay, is polished and soulful with acoustic/slide and just the right amount of spice (sousaphone). Very nice. Another of my favorites is What She Gonna Do with Boss on a roaring electric slide and nothing but simple vocal and heavy foot pedal. Solid. Wrapping the release is Pleasures Of The Deep featuring a string quartet of David Davidson and David Angell on violins, Monisa Angell on viola and Carol Rabinowitz on cello. A somber ballad with Boss upfront on vocal and a soothing backing melody, this is a solid closer.



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sauce Boss - 100% Pure - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, 100% Pure, from Sauce Boss and it's one man blast! Opening with Zipper Bird, a rowdy blues rant with Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton on vocal, percussion and fat groove saturated slide guitar riffs. Marquis De Swamp has a really cool melody with a swampy feel and sophisticated guitar work done in a somewhat primitive manner. The Boss is have a good time with this track but I like it's composition. Super! Gonna Be Alright is a Latin rhythm track with just a simple pop melody. Chains opens with some real fat electric resonator slide work. With guttural singing and voracious slide guitar work this is another real cool track. Delta 9 Blues is a deep blues track again with a strong dose of swamp. I particularly like Boss' vocal style and slide playing on this track. It raw and real. Excellent! Peckerwood has a bit of a country flavor. With it's quick pace and more percussive picked guitar work, this has a definite rural feel. Boss does cut loose with a real nice slide solo on this track and it's wide open. Chicago Combat Zone has a definite blues feel but with more country style picking. Telling the story of his own life in Chicago as a child Boss gets a great electric hollow body metal resonator sound. Cadillac Of A Woman has strong country roots. As much a country ballad as anything, Boss does lay down some real nice lightly amplified acoustic resonator slide work. Hey Wilbur is just a bit of fun and foolishness with backing vocals and muted picking. Sun is a happy go lucky track, again with the smell of back roads and hay. Song Of The Irish Band is a somber acoustic ballad sounding like a mix of Tom Waits and Bruce Springstein. Wrapping the release is Outlaw Blues opens with a pretty heavy guitar riff that actually reminds me of Deep Purple... dig that! A cool blues rocker, this is a great track to close the release. There's no holding back on slide on this track... very cool!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Burning Disk artist: - Sause Boss - Live At The Green Parrot - New Release Review


I just got the new release called Live At The Green Parrot by the Sauce Boss.This cd is a 4 wheel drive party. Killer Tone opens the recording with a song that sounds like a cross between the Beatles and ZZ Top (heavy on ZZ). It's a gritty, grindy sliding good time. Smugglers Cove, loosely based on Rollin' and Tumblin', is another great track and Sauce Boss keeps his resonator and slide hot. Gumbo Recipe is a narrative song that has a jazzy base and Elvin Bishop style delivery. It's a blast. This album just reeks of party! Lonesome Rider cranks up the heat and keeps the gritty slide going over an updated blues base. Sauce Boss is a really cool guitar player and he doesn't hold back. Chicken In The Gumbo is modeled after a James Brown tune, stinky funk. I mean wha wha guitar and funky bass...just waiting for the cape... get down(get on up)! What Was I Thinking is another stripped down blues rocker with great slide work. I mean, if you like grindy slide tone...this is the guy!!! Out In The Night is a ballad like song but takes plenty of time out for some soloing. There is a cool extended slide solo toward the end of the tune which will keep you wanting more. I Can't Sit Down is another funk laden song appropriate for the middle of the party... he even thrown in a few JB lyrics (OWWWWLL)! The guitar work is cool as ever. Lucky Charm is a loping southern style blues. It is a bit more conventional in styling but not a large departure from the balance of the recording.Most of the second half of the song is just to blow off some guitar riffs...how could you not love that! Let The Big Dog Eat gets right into the groove and is an all out slide fest. The Goog begins with some unconventional slide tones and then into a relatively radio oriented track. Paco's Garden, another ballad structured tune has some pretty cool slide. Cathead Biscuit Gospel is a country blues foot stomper. This guy has a great time on this recording and I gotta tell you..so do I. Find a copy. It's great!!
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