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. Or as described by one of their fans "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 so much more than what just one genre can capture. Their arrangements are full of ideas borrowed from 70's rock legends, reggae, jazz, funk, old time fiddle tunes and delta blues 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. True folk music; for all the folks.

They’ve gained recognition in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for their performances, having appeared at such venues as....


Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, WA 
Wild and Scenic Music Festival in Leavenworth, WA 
George Washington Bluegrass Festival in George, WA 
Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA  
Ollala Bluegrass & Beyond Festival in Ollala, WA 
Newport Music Festival in Newport, WA 
Lights of Christmas, Warm Beach, WA 

Concert Venues 

Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA 
Nectar Lounge, Seattle WA 
Crocodile, Seattle WA 
Triple Door's Musiquarium, Seattle WA
ACT Theatre,  Seattle, WA 
Third Place Books, Seattle WA
Rollin’ Log Tavern, Issaquah , WA 
Northwest Center Derby, Seattle, WA 
Magnusson Community Center, Seattle, WA 
Four Lakes Fall Festival, Issaquah, WA 
Clothes for Kids,  Bothel, WA 
Bellevue Library, Bellevue, WA 

Private Event Venues 

Tierra Retreat, Leavenworth, WA 
Guemes Island Resort, Guemes Island, WA 
Robin Hood Village, Union, WA 
Wallace Falls Lodge, Gold Bar, WA 
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo, WA 
Rock Creek Gardens, Puyallup, WA 
Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA 
Sole Repair, Seattle, WA 
Flying Horse Ranch, Cle Elum, WA 
Vessel Wines, Woodinville, WA 
Oak Knoll Farm, Friday Harbor, WA 
Roche Harbor Resort, Friday Harbor, WA 
Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, WA 
Skip Rock Distillery, Snohomish, WA  

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Pickled Blog...

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!!!!

California Bluegrass Association says... 

Brenda over at the CBA wrote a nice article about us - and nestled it right in between her thoughts about David Grisman and  Wintergrass favorites "Red Wine".
Thanks Brenda!

Click the image below to enlarge it so you can read it...

"Sounds Like Chicken" -- the Featured Record of the week in London! 

Barry Everitt from House of Mercy Radio show in London says...
"Our Record of the week comes from Seattle Washington:  A husband and wife team.  Pickled Okra's latest recording 'Sounds Like Chicken' is a unique twist on bluegrass and roots music.  Along with banjo picker Tony Markey, we have Mrs. Paisley Gray on stand up bass & husband Todd Gray on mandolin. They all harmonize and share the vocals.  They all write, and this record is a combined piece of, as they describe it, un-traditional oldtimey…Read more

Wild West Tour  

Just getting around to updating the website since our wild west tour in feb.

Heres a quick run down
Jan 30th - Olympia
Great show at Charlies - our friends The Oly Mountain Boys showed us some real southern washington hospitality --- thanks guys!
Jan 31st - Portland
We got to play at the Alberta Street Pub, a place we've admired from afar for years- great sound and really nice people.
Feb 1st - Eugene
We popped into the open mic at Cozmic Pizza where we had a really warm reception and got invivted back for…Read more

Darrington bluegrass festival  

I ran accross thie great article about the Darrington bluegrass festival -and after visiting the jam a few weeks ago I thought I'd share a piece of it ... READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE  Travel Washington: Darrington’s bluegrass thrives in Evergreen State --Written On: March/April 2008 -- Written By: Richard S. Davis

...Roy Morgan, a retired logger and one of [Darrinton Bluegrass] Festival's founders, came to Darrington in 1958 at 19. “I knew some people here, and the country’s about the same in western North…Read more


"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