The band is led by Galyean on guitar and lead vocals, continuing the tradition of his father, Cullen Galyean, whose many old school, mountain-style bluegrass songs have made their way into the bluegrass canon, hence the band name.
Mickey holds on to his father’s type of grass, assisted by Brad Hiatt on bass, Rick Pardue on banjo, and Billy Hawks on fiddle. Mickey and Brad had played together in Rich In Tradition, where a good many bluegrass fans may have seen them.
Laura Ridge, principal agent at Deep River, says that she was impressed by this bunch the first time she saw them.
“I first intently listened to this band at Preddyfest this year (Franklinton, NC) and was immediately blown away by their traditional sound. My Daddy, Johnny Ridge, introduced me to Mickey Galyean following the band’s first performance that day and spoke of the work I have been doing with Deep River and Laura Tate Photography. Along with our conversation and previously knowing Mickey’s fellow band mates, Rick Pardue and Billy Hawks from former bands they have performed with, I felt like this was something there that I needed (and wanted) to help grow and promote.
I am so thrilled to be working with Mickey Galyean and Cullen’s Bridge and together we will strive to promote, preserve and protect the traditional sound of Bluegrass music!”
Here’s a video of the band from PreddyFest earlier this summer, doing the old Flatt & Scruggs favorite, Dim Lights, Thick Smoke.
They join other Deep Management artists Darrell Webb Band, Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, and The Burrows Brothers. You can find out more about all of them online.