Our Story

MICKEY GALYEAN AND CULLEN'S BRIDGE

After the passing of his father Cullen Galyean in 2010 Mickey felt a strong desire to keep the music of his father alive.  Cullen left a legacy of music legendary in these parts. A long list of traditional  mountain bluegrass songs that have been recored by several notable bluegrass artist over the years.  So with this rich bluegrass heritage Mickey put together his band, "Cullen's Bridge," choosing personel  that understand and appreicate  this traditional style of bluegrass music.  Not only doing material that Cullen wrote,  original music written by the band,  Monroe and Stanley classsics, you can hear them do classic Country Gentleman songs as well.  Make no mistake, this is no frills in your face traditional bluegrass.   The goal is to honor the music and the people who brought it to us. 
 


 

Mickey Galyean...
Mickey grew up playing music from rock n' roll to country gospel but his attention now focuses

on traditional bluegrass. He possess a rare and powerful voice giving harmony singers the

foundation in which to build superstrong harmonies around him. Many may remember

Mickey as the lead singer for the highly successful group Rich In Tradition. Also rare these days

are traditional bluegrass rythym guitar players. Mickey learned from the best and he lays it in

there like it supposed to be.

 

BRAD HIATT...

Brad also was in the group Rich in Tradition with Mickey and came from a musical family as

well. He says he can't remember a time when there wasn't banjos, fiddles, guitars and

mandolins around his house. Brad plays a old Kay bass that used to belong to Cousin Jake of

the Foggy Mountain Boys, talk about tradition! Brad does most of the baritone singing, but also

does some lead and tenor, and writes some mighty fine bluegrass songs as well.

RICK PARDUE...

Rick is in his 5th decade in bluegrass music. Over the years he has played with a number of

groups: Roy McMillan, Sugarloaf Ramblers, Long & Pardue, Carolina Road; just to mention a few.

Rick plays banjo and does most of the tenor singing but like others in the band can switch to

other parts when called upon. Most recently Rick was honored by the IBMA as author of the

2012 IBMA "Song of the Year".

 

BILLY HAWKS...
Billy Hawks from Dobson, NC is no stranger in the world of bluegrass music. He started traveling on the road at age fifteen playing in a bluegrass gospel band and then years competing in conventions across the country, winning the prestigious Galax bluegrass fiddle competition. He shortly after that joined Big Country Bluegrass, which he traveled with for over six years. After a short time off the road he started traveling with Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice; where he spent touring all over the U.S. and Canada. While not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters, and six grandchildren.

 



So thats' us! IF you want the real deal, the real traditional stuff, thats us! We're not kidding around, no "candy grass" and no apologies for playing like the first generation.
We have the 
technology right here to play the the kind of bluegrass that got most of us hooked years ago!