old-fangled new-fashioned music

If Pickled Okra’s special brand of Americana music could be described with words, you might call it “old-school, porch-settin’, singin' into a can-style bluegrass (with a twist)”. If you ask one of the members of the band they’ll tell you it's “ham and cheese grass”. Either way this group made up of two married couples (all characters in their own right), is undeniably charming and entertaining - not to mention pretty darn talented. Yes they know their bluegrass licks and aren’t afraid to show ‘em off, but their music is full of ideas borrowed from other genres, like irish fiddlers, jazzy delta blues, rock, reggae and funk as well, for a sound that is timeless yet modern in it's own quirky way. It’s kind of like stepping back in time, but with indoor plumbing.

They have a special appeal, partly because they dole out “Pickled” versions of pop/rock tunes (by the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Marley, to name a few), but also because of their playful antics, single mic choreography, dressing in early appalachian finery, and being, as one fan put it, “like raw milk - no BHT”. They’ve gained recognition in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for their performances, having appeared at such venues as....
  • Skip Rock Distillery, Snohomish, WA  2015
  • Lights of Christmas, Warm Beach, WA  2014
  • Rollin’ Log Tavern, Issaquah , WA  2014
  • Four Lakes Fall Festival, Issaquah, WA  2014
  • Clothes for Kids,  Bothel, WA   2014
  • Tierra Retreat, Leavenworth, WA 2014
  • Guemes Island Resort, Guemes Island, WA  2014
  • Magnusson Community Center, Seattle, WA  2014
  • Robin Hood Village, Union, WA  2014
  • Wallace Falls Lodge, Gold Bar, WA  2014
  • Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, WA  2014
  • Rock Creek Gardens, Puyallup, WA  2014
  • ACT Theatre,  Seattle, WA  2014
  • Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA  2014
  • Sole Repair, Seattle, WA  2014
  • Flying Horse Ranch, Cle Elum, WA  2014
  • Vessel Wines, Woodinville, WA 2014
  • Oak Knoll Farm, Friday Harbor, WA  2014
  • Roche Harbor Resort, Friday Harbor, WA  2014
  • Northwest Center Derby, Seattle, WA  2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, WA  2014
  • Bellevue Library, Bellevue, WA  2014
  • Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, WA 2013 and 2015
  • Wild and Scenic Music Festival in Leavenworth, WA 2012
  • George Washington Bluegrass Festival in George, WA 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA 2012
  • Ollala Bluegrass & Beyond Festival in Ollala, WA 2013
  • Newport Music Festival in Newport, WA 2013

Always eager to play, they also keep busy doing weddings, farm parties, corporate and city events, pubs, cafes, and farmer’s markets. They love to perform, and no matter how small or big the venue, they always make folks feel like they’re guests right there on the front porch of an old mountain cabin.

Pickled Blog...

Kaylin and Erik 

Aug. 9, 2014  
What a beautiful day for an equally beautiful wedding.  The lake and waterfalls at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, WA  were the perfect backdrop for Kaylin and Erik as they said their vows.  We were so happy to be able to play a small part in their special day.  The bridal party made it's way in as the sounds of Cuckoos Nest and Robin and Marian floated through the air.  The bride made her gracious entry as we played Sweet Afton.   It was the perfect song for her!   As a band, we are always… Read more

Marty and Kristin's thank you note 

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to say thank you so much for rocking out at are wedding welcome party July 25, 2014! You all were amazing and your music was perfect. We've received many compliments from our guests and are just so happy we heard you perform at The Water Wheel last year. As our friends and family arrived the music was welcoming and relaxing. Then you kicked it up a bit got everyone out on the dance lawn with a few classics and sing alongs.

Thank you again, you all were a pleasure to work with.
Marty… Read more

Summer is winding down… 

But what a glorious one it has been! We played at 5 weddings (with 5 more to go this fall) attended 13 music festivals and performed on stage at 7 of those festivals (8 if you include Wintergrass), and while the majority of our gigs this summer were in Washington state we also managed to make it to 5 other states as well; Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Massachusetts and Maine. If there were ever a time when Pickled Okra was more at ease as a band, we can't remember it. Todd and Paisley absolutley love traveling… Read more

So much music so little time! 

Calendar :: We've been playing music nonstop and hardly taking a minute to catch up on things like updating our website but... here ya go
Lets see there was ...
-- Todd's Dad's Birthday celebration in Boston Happy Birthday Cornell!
-- Paisley's fiftieth birthday party in Montana - for the fourth of July (some excellent jamming with new and old friends there!)
-- The week leading up to and the week of the Darrington Bluegrass Festival was amaaaazing! (loved the 2 hill bands -… Read more

Some great feedback emails coming in this summer - thought I'd share a couple 

Thank you for taking the time to check in with us!.......................................
"VERY cool website; it conveys the merits of your band effectively to those of us with ears to hear. ... people who really care about music should love this. The busking at Saturday Market clip is excellent. Your enthusiasm is contagious, and that clip proves it." ...........Thanks Eddard!......

"Hi Paisley, Met you by your camper van after the performance. Your spirited show was perfect for the pre-wedding… Read more

Busking Season is here! 

Our new friend John Hart of New Folk Radio fame invited us down to Portland to try out the farmers market busking in his neck of the woods... He just posted this awesome video he made of us --- http://youtu.be/mm5UBljQG4A  it's pretty classic Pickled Okra ...
THANKS JOHN!!! check out his cool website http://www.DesktopConcerts.com  to see some of his other interviews...

Thanks to all of you- Get on the Calendar! 

Thanks to all of you who can out to see us in 2012 - It was amazing year!

In Feb we had our 1st multi state tour (6 states over the course of a month). In March we played on Pepper Proud's first CD. In April we had our first Karaokegrass. In May Paisley lost her dear mother Ruby Erck not the first death in her life but the first loss of a parent - not fun. In June we enjoyed our 2nd annual Fifty Fest out in Mawntana (I know, thats not a first but it's noteworthy). In July we experienced our first band… Read more

We played Brandi Carlile's wedding! 

Hi! Teresa here.....Brandi's Mom! I cannot thank you all enough for making the wedding such an amazing nite! You were absolutely WONDERFUL! So gracious , Fun , and extremely talented! You are by far one of the most talented groups I have EVER seen! Brandi told me you were great , but I could not have imagined just HOW great! We were completely blown away at your talent! You made the evening soooo Fun and memorable!!!
We will Never forget it!! Thank You! ~ Thank You!

Pickled Okra will be performing at Wintergrass this year! 

Wintergrass 2013 Lineup

The Seldom Scene
The David Grisman Sextet
Peter Rowan and the Travelin’ McCourys
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Della Mae
The Cleverlys
Sarah Jarosz
18 South
Hills to Holler
Mollie O'Brien
Spinney Brothers
Pert Near Sandstone
Darol Anger and the Furies
The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band
The Deadly Gentlemen
 and ---->  PICKLED OKRA!!!!

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"Hi! Teresa here.....Brandi's Mom! I cannot thank you all enough for making the wedding such an amazing nite! You were absolutely WONDERFUL! So gracious , Fun , and extremely talented! You are by far one of the most talented groups I have EVER seen! Brandi told me you were great , but I could not have imagined just HOW great! We were completely blown away at your talent! You made the evening soooo Fun and memorable!!! We will Never forget it!! Thank You! ~ Thank You!!"
  - Teresa Carlile - 9/28/2012 Brandi Carlile's wedding, Enumclaw, WA

"Pickled Okra was absolutely AMAZING! They arrived on time...set up...and got to work! The crowd really loved their energy."
  -Katie H. 5/4/2012 - Fundraiser in Seattle, WA

"You guys rocked the house with your personalities and music! Everyone is still talking about you guys and hope you will be back to play at the Red Dog again. Thank you for making the party a success! If anyone is looking for a band that will knock it out of the park hire Pickled Okra!!! Thanks again!!" 
 - Jennifer F. - 10/22/2011 Red Dog Saloon Birthday Party, Maple Valley, WA

"We loved having Pickled Okra play our Dept of Family Medicine picnic. They arrived on time and in style and were super friendly and wonderful. Excellent musicians too, playing MANY of my favorite songs, even without request, they just "get it." I really enjoyed their music as did everyone at the party and I will seek them out for my future listening pleasure, thank you!"
  - Amanda H. - 8/16/2011 Company picnic, Seattle, WA

"I booked Pickled Okra for a Industry Networking and BBQ event. They were absolutely awesome to work with! A very talented and professional group! Everyone raved about them!! I highly recommend them and will be looking for a chance to hire them again!"
  - Lorrie S. - 7/15/2011 Corporate function, Seattle, WA

"Thank you for coming into the Cloudview Farm/community and sharing your talents and energy with all of the 'Co-creators' and Guests therein assembled. It was just a magical night for me and everyone is still abuzz with what a fun time was had! I, personally, can't thank You enough!!! That fine line of energy exchange between Entertainers and Entertainees seemed to vanish and a higher plateau was reached! Everyone wants you back next year, again! Thanks for helping co-Create a wonderful experience for ALL"
. - Jim Baird - 8/22/2011 Cloudview Farm Community event, Royal City, WA

"Pickled Okra exceeded my wildest hopes in all aspects of their contribution to our celebration. They were professional, friendly, accommodating, wildly entertaining, and FUN! Our guests, a number of whom are musicians, were blown away and asked for their business card. We will recommend them highly and certainly will book them again in future!"
  - Jan M. - 4/28/2011 Private Party, Mountlake Terrace, WA

"Husband and wife team Todd and Paisley Gray...prove that old-time bluegrass is not the property solely of those who have assimilated it from an early age in it's spiritual heartlands."
  - David Innes - 7/11/2012 Rock & Reel Magazine, UK

"This rootsy team plays with verve and sings with glee, and their bubbly style will have you humming right along"
. - Gwendolyn E. - 1/30/2011 Seattle Weekly Magazine

"...their delightful old-timey look at life produced a harvest of original songs filled with bouncy rhythms, intriguing lyric juxtapositions, and a sense of humor that tickles the senses. Yummy!"
  - Brenda - 5/7/2012 California Bluegrass Association