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 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 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 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".
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!