The Deep Fried Pickles pride themselves on making juggabilly music that would make Hee-Haw's Grandpa Jones shake, rattle and roll over in his grave. Founded in '00 as a jug band, 'DFPP' now embraces other American roots music forms as well. Bluegrass, Folk, Rockabilly, Blues and Honky-Tonk tunes pepper their set lists. The recent musical phenomenon's performances include hillbilly-style punk-rock covers and rollicking original tunes. Fans are known as "gherkins". Their style has been compared to "The Sex Pistols meet the Beverly Hillbillies". "The music is "a snapshot of America's Heartland", says the South Bend Tribune. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, DFPP's family performances "leave parents and kids pickled pink."
Besides performing for children the "DFPP" perform adult venues too, where their stage presence is altogether spicier. Recent performance venues and festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wakarusa and Northwest String Summit. The Pickles have shared the bill with Bela Fleck, String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Wilco, and many other bands that inspire the Pickles.
The band was featured in an episode of 'Postcards From Buster', a spin-off of "Arthur" on PBS Kids, which has millions of viewers worldwide. "We immediately fell in love with them," said (Buster) series producer Natatcha Estebanez of The Deep Fried Pickle Project. "They're fun, they're funky, they represent an interpretation of American Culture where you can throw a bunch of cool things together and make music out of it."
Their second album, 'Attack of the Pickles', was released in September of 2003. About the CD, M-Live calls it, "Hilarious and inventive". Its single, 'Picklejuice' won a John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist Award for 2003! 2004 saw the release of "Live From the Trailer Trash Tour". An upcoming studio release, 'Whitewood Creek', is anticipated for June 2005.
Members are Alan Selvidge on guitar, gbongo, gourd,mandolin, stumpf-fiddle and vocals; Daniel Boone Daniel on washtub, vocals, mouth-harp, and kazoo; 'Slim' Jim McAllister on washboard-zilla and drums. Daniel's 5-year old "Gherkin" Max also sits in on baby washtub and vocals from time to time.
The Pickles are available for low-key acoustic duo sets as well as concerts with the whole band includeng guest fiddlers and banjo players. DFPP also likes to perform for children. The Pickle Boys present instrument making workshops and concerts for kids in pediatric hospitals, community concerts and benefits. If you know a group of young people that would benefoit from a Pickle concert, and DFPP will be in your area, why not get ahold of them and see if they can donate a bit of their time and talents?