Family Traditions – Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge, Hollow Ground


Haysi Kiwanis Park at Dickenson County Fairgrounds

Kiwanis Park Road, Haysi VA

Crooked Road Concerts


7:00 PM

Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge is a great example of a musical torch being passed from father to son. Mickey’s Dad Cullen was a very talented and influential musician from Low Gap, NC who loved playing traditional bluegrass on a variety of instruments, and Mickey inherited that passion from his Dad. The band’s aptly titled CD recording entitled “My Daddy’s Grass” was a top 10 album most of 2017 and the single “I Found My Daddy’s Grass” spent a year on the charts where it peaked at number 1. The band brings all the ingredients for great bluegrass - very tight vocal harmonies, impressive picking, and a talent for writing great songs. Joining Mickey (guitar) are Billy Hawkes (fiddle), Brad Hiatt (bass), and Rick Pardue (banjo).

Hollow Ground is a bluegrass and gospel music group formed in 2011 with members from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The group can knock out bluegrass standards but a majority of their repertoire is original music in the tradition with a few surprises like Lynryd Skynyrd’s southern rock anthem “Simple Man” thrown in for variety’s sake. The groups is anchored by a father and son duo – Millard Edwards on banjo and son Robert Edwards on lead and rhythm guitar. Joining them are Josh Jessee on mandolin, Brian Vicchio on rhythm guitar, Mike Adams on bass, and David Holtsclaw playing Dobro. Josh, Millard and Robert previously toured for many years as Virginia Cross Ties. The group has two excellent CD recordings to their credit.

Mickey Galyean on guitar has a powerful singing voice and is steeped in the bluegrass music traditions so prevalent in his home area around Low Gap, North Carolina.

Brad Hiatt plays bass for Cullen’s Bridge as well as singing baritone harmonies and adding his songs to the groups repertoire.

Rick Pardue sings tenor and plays banjo with the group. In 2012 the International Bluegrass Music Association selected Rick’s composition “A Far Cry From Lester & Earl” as “Song of the Year,” and he subsequently won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest.

Billy Hawks has fiddled with Doyle Lawson, Big Country, the Country Boys, and Jr. Sisk & Rambler's Choice and contributed his talents on fiddle to Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice on the 2012 IBMA "Album of the Year."