The Glade City Rounders / Press

“Local old-time string band Glade City Rounders are fresh off a performance at the 39th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days festival, which is especially fitting considering the Rounders’ recently released sophomore album, Don’t Get Weary, is inspired by a Macon song of the same name. In fact, almost the whole album—24 short and sweet minutes—is comprised of reimagined covers that stem from bluegrass and jug-band originals to old rural blues songs made popular by jam bands like the Grateful Dead..... The album’s a mixed bag of five songs and three instrumentals, but it’s a fun ride complete with hoedown foot-stompers, invigorating arrangements and a couple kazoo solos thrown into the mix for good measure. The Glade City Rounders, now a quartet with the addition of upright bassist Randy Hill since the band’s 2014 debut release, feature Richard McLain (vocals, banjo and kazoo), John Smith (vocals, guitar and jug) and William See (vocals, fiddles, kazoo and harmonica) picking and s”

“.....This extravagantly gifted trio of musicians has such a natural feel for this music that they all grew up with, that everything just flows. There shouldn't really be any surprise there either because the trio of William See on fiddles, vocals, kazoo and harmonica, Josh Smith, guitar, jug and vocals and Richard McLain on banjo, vocals and kazoo, all hail from and still live in middle Tennessee. Stylistically they are an old time string band who play everything from rural blues to jug band music, with a little hokum and 'hillbilly' attitude thrown in for good measure. In a nutshell, you name an old genre and I'm pretty sure they will have songs that fit, but all played in their own inimitable style! There are occasions when there are detectable elements of more than one of those styles in individual reworkings of the mainly old songs with which they express themselves, in some ways bringing a little originality and modernity to their music. .......”

“I LOVE these guys because they leave me wondering WHAT they will pull off next to amaze me. I LOVE ANYTHING Pre-1930’s and I LOVE to learn or be triggered to delve into someone. “Georgia Crawl” was next and through all the jokes and comedy these guys entertain you much like Riders In The Sky or Mike Snyder. It’s just plain fun and it’s FUNNY, it’s just down home simple humor everyone can listen to. The played “Whoa Mule” before the Gus Cannon song and went into “Fly Around” and an Uncle Dave Macon song.”

“This middle Tennessee string band self describes as a group of jug blues players. The trio exists individually as talented multi-instrument players. Josh Smith plays guitar, claw-hammer banjo, and is a skilled jug player. William See plays fiddle, guitar, and banjo. Lead singer Squirrel McLain plays banjo and has been described as a vaudeville-esque crooner. Together they combine for a sound similar to the Freighthoppers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Pokey LaFarge, The Horse Flies, and Foghorn Stringband.”

“...."The Glade City Rounders play a genuine brand of traditional 'old time hillbilly' music but with their own idiosyncratic modern day stamp on it. They have a powerful individuality and an obvious pleasure in playing this music with friends, as well as a total immersion in traditional music, enabling them to imbue every song with a deep passion and vitality. They are a trio of multi instrumentalists who play classic string band music with a huge depth of feeling and richness, as well as a tremendous virtuosity. The trio is made up of William See, who sings and plays fiddle, kazoo and harmonica, Josh Smith sings and plays guitar and jug and Squirrel McLain sings and plays banjo and kazoo.".....”

“By far the most popular band format at Muddy Roots is the “string band”: banjo, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, often with some additional homemade percussion, like a washboard, or, in the case of Murfreesboro’s own Glade City Rounders, the jug, played by Josh Smith. “I think the only thing Josh does better than play the jug is tune the jug,” joked the Rounders’ banjoist, kazooist and vocalist Richard “Squirrel” McClain. “If you know what I mean.” In an impressive display of stamina and control of his lungs, Smith blew sharply across the mouth of his ceramic jug, making a hollow, resonant hoot in time with the sawing rhythm of the Rounders’ energetic brand of country blues. The Rounders played Sunday morning, taking the Big Tent stage immediately following a church service and open bluegrass jam, and playfully acknowledged that it might not have been the most pious time to play “hokum” music, an early-20th-century tradition of sexually suggestive blues lyri”

“Listening to the sound of the "Glade City Rounders" is like taking a step back in time to when the music had a story to share with its listeners. Think Bonnie and Clyde meets the sound of the Station Inn in Nashville. The music is reminiscent of the days of Prohibition when everyone in the holler would meet at a neighbor's barn to celebrate an occasion, or just to be able to feed everyone a good meal for a day. It is un-canned, unrestricted, good-ole-fashion music...usually unplugged! The group plays a variety of "old time" style of music ranging from hokum and jug band to blues and string band. It is foot-stomping, high-energy music that will have you dancing a jig, either on the dance floor or in your chair. The demeanor of the band is high-energy, smiling, joking, have a good time, which is absolutely contagious. If you are having a bad day, just turn on one of their tunes and you will be smiling within seconds. ”

“How about a little bit of middle Tennessee string and jug-band music, courtesy of the three-piece combo called the Glade City Rounders? The band members are Josh Smith, William See and Squirrel McLain -- and folks, this bunch are just a lot of fun to listen to, infectious even, and I imagine their live performances are more of the same. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with that. There is only one original song on the album, but the remaining traditional tunes are played with so much joy and fire that they simply come alive; real nice work, fellas.”

“...This is a well-rounded album by the highly-talented string band. Its sound is raw and natural, avoiding all the artificial sounds that are used on many contemporary albums. At the very least, the instrumentation will keep you entertained for hours, trying to figure out how The Glade City Rounders transition seamlessly from one instrument to the next.”

“The Glade City Rounders are a real deal folks, these guys just flat out rock the old timey classic look and sound. It is natural to them..you can see it and hear it. These guys were not barefoot because of the mud........”

“Glade City Rounders "Raise the Roof" by Brenda (B.K.) Walker That whisper you hear in the holler, well, that's NOT the Glade City Rounders-this band raises the roof with the recent release of the "They're After Us" album. The group's original sound is reminiscent of days gone by, when an entire neighborhood would gather for food, fun, and great music. From everybody's favorite, "Let's Hunt the Wild Horses" to the giggling title "Tickle Britches," you are going to love this new album.”

Brenda Walker - iTunes

“The Glade City Rounders begin with the truism, that ‘it takes a smart man to play a banjo too’. Maybe that is the reason, but no matter the cause the trio has a target on their back, admitting “They’re After Me”. Luckily, this is one helluva self-contained business. The band are the prey and they are the entertainment as they provide stepping moves to keep them far ahead of trouble.”