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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...

Reading "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone" a Carter Family History  

Can you imagine coming from a place called Poor Valley? Not the most elegant of names - but I suppose Missoula isn't all that great either hu? I love the stories of how unpretentious the Carter Family Group was - and how they influenced so many famous musicians. It reminded me how much I want to learn the words to Wildwood Flower. That is such a poetic little ditty...

I have heard so much about how they influenced such legends as Chet Atkins, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and …Read more

Enter the Lair 


We're on a mission to get 1000 fans before the year is over.
SO please help spread the word.

Did you know that if you like us AND you click the "like" button, then post something on our fanpage all your friends can see what you write about us. That way they can more easily be enticed into the lair that is Pickled Okra... mooo ha ha ha DO it DO it - you know you want to !


Rielly Springs Jamboree 

I ran across this website the other day that tells about the Reilly Springs Jamboree in Texas. I have heard about this jamboree my whole life, from my dad, Lou Erck who started it back in the fifties along with Bob and Joe Shelton. Having only ever heard about it from vague mentions here and there from my dad and my brother (who was a teenager at the time), I had no idea what it was really like till I read about it here... In my mind - it was a small event that only existed a few years - but apparently it…Read more

The Role of Music Copyright in the Digital Age... 

I ran across a really great document about music copyrights (according to ASCAP)

Who Should Read This Paper?
This paper is intended for a broad audience. Rather than addressing itself to those already versed in copyright law, this paper is designed to speak to those united by an interest in better understanding the role of music copyright in the digital age.
  • The reader might be a young songwriter trying to promote his or her works without…


"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