Rebel Records has released a single from Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge ahead of their first album for the label, expected later this summer.
It’s the title track for the album, I Found My Daddy’s Grass, written by Cullen’s Bridge banjo picker Rick Pardue, who also wrote Junior Sisk’s 2012 hit, A Far Cry From Lester & Earl. This one has a similar vibe, celebrating the music of the early days of bluegrass in a story about a man who discovers his dad’s old record collection hunting through the attic one day.
Rick says the idea for the song came to him thinking about his own stockpile of bluegrass recordings.
“I was upstairs at home one day and looked around at my 50 year bluegrass record collection and thought, ‘If I leave here today who will listen to the them?’ I imagined my children going through them and realizing what treasures they are.”
In addition to Rick on banjo and Mickey on guitar, Cullen’s Bridge includes Brad Hiatt on bass and Billy Hawks on fiddle.
The album holds a special meaning for Rebel owner Dave Freeman, now largely retired, who had recorded Mickey’s dad Cullen and his band, The Foot Hill Boys, for County Records more than 40 years ago.
“It is a unique and very special event for Rebel Records to present this release from Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge. Mickey’s dad, the late Cullen Galyean, was a special musician—one of the best 5-string banjo pickers of his era. Mickey has absorbed and inherited everything he needs from his dad and his family, and we are excited to be a part of handing down this great musical tradition from father to son.”
I Found My Daddy’s Grass is available for sale now as a digital single, or you can receive it as an instant download when pre-ordering the album online at a special price from iTunes. Radio programmers can download it now at Airplay Direct.
The full album is set for an August 5 release.