Cross Ties Band

Cross Ties Band

Acoustic, Stringed Instrument Band

Group Biography

The Cross Ties Band is an acoustic, stringed instrument band based in northwest Georgia. Covering a broad spectrum of musical tastes, the versatile ensemble enjoys playing and singing bluegrass, gospel, a cappella spirituals, Sacred Harp hymns, and traditional Irish music.  With “something for everybody,” the group is seen regularly at churches, festivals, and private social events throughout Georgia and the southeast.  Additionally, the band has completed four concert tours of Germany since 1997. 


Now in its fourth decade of entertaining (originally as The Universal Pickers in 1987), Cross Ties Band has produced seven recording projects, with the most recent being:  “Makin’ Tracks”, “Wonderful Over There”, and “Life’s Highway”.  The band recently re-released its 1993 recording “Original Sacred Harp” on CD.  This recording gained national attention as a selection requested by the Library of Congress.  


The Cross Ties Band consists of Johnny Wright, Randy Garrett, Randy Ellis, and Bret Mulcay.  The band’s repertoire reflects the diverse talents and backgrounds of the individual members, and a Cross Ties show is full of instrument swapping and unexpected combinations of harmony.  Coupled with enjoyable comedy and audience interaction, the end result is uplifting and entertaining!