Pickled Okra CD Release Party
Husband and wife-led bluegrass band 'Pickled Okra' looks forward to sharing their stories of love and murder in a way that only an ol' married couple can. Join Pickled Okra and special guests The Weavils for an evening of "Un" traditional Bluegrass. On Saturday, Jan 14th
$12 in advance
$15 at the door
Includes a FREE "Sounds Like Chicken" CD
(18 and younger are free)
Pickled Okra will be unveiling their collection of 12 brand new original songs at the The Gypsy Cafe in Fremont.
Pickled Okra formed in 2006 when bluegrass bassist Paisley Gray put a mandolin into the hands of her professional drummer husband Todd Gray and said "you will play this and you will like it". In 2007 they met banjo picker Tony Markey who proceeded to put the "Pick" into Pickled Okra. They have been gaining popularity in Seattle's bluegrass and roots music scene ever since, playing quite vigorously at farmer's markets, local pubs, theaters, concert halls, festivals, parties and events.
The band was born out of a mutual love for stories and music from eras past. Their music is full of ideas borrowed from old time fiddle tunes, jazzy delta blues, and classic old school bluegrass. Combine those ideas with their pop, rock, reggae and funk steeped upbringing and you get a sound that is timeless but at the same time modern. Todd is a seasoned musician (a drummer for the most part) who has the annoying talent of being able to play any instrument he lays his hands on, and the experience of writing, recording and gigging for over 30 years. Tony (a transplant from the world of theater performances) has comedic presence rivaled only by his musical prowess on banjo.
The new CD "Sounds Like Chicken", recorded at Madpants Studio in Fremont, features 12 new songs with a distinct infusion of indie-pop into the quirky, un-traditional bluegrass sound the band has come to be known for. Several of the songs, such as "I Made It", "Stringtime in the Summer", and "You And Me" were written by Todd while out at sea last winter, and celebrate the connection with friends and family that he longed for. Others explore everything from a light-hearted look at the limbo of joblessness ("Rainbow Dreams"), and the mischief of young love (in Tony's "Waste our Precious Time") to a true tale of murder in turn of the century Maine (Paisley's "Mattie Hackett").
"The growth we've seen together as a band, from living room bluegrass pickers to creators of our very own original CD is like nothing else I've ever experienced. I've never been so proud of anything I've created" Says Paisley of the new CD.
The CD release will be followed by a west coast (and beyond) tour for the duo (sans Tony) in February. Todd says "After Paisley's recent lay-off from the day job here's our chance to take off in a truck, travel the countryside and play our music, just like we've always dreamed about." Upon returning, they intend to continue focusing on writing, performing and marketing the CD as much as possible, and only going back into the workforce, according to Paisley, "if and when necessary, because this is what we really love doing".
The Gypsy Cafe (View)
3510 Stone Way N
Seattle WA, WA 98103
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