(Special thanks to Mrs. See & Mrs. Smith for providing outstanding photos)
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.
The breakdown of the band members starts out with Lucious F. Smith, rather imposing in stature, but kind in heart, the man is both a guitarist and jug player. In the middle, you have the talented and ever bare-foot Fiddling Billy See whose talents include the fiddle, guitar, kazoo, and vocals. Rounding out the bunch, is one of the most hilarious musicians to grace the Nashville stage, Richard "Squirrel" McClain, playing banjo and kazoo, not to mention adding some pretty impressive vocals.
Recently, the band taped a performance on "The Chico and Bman Show" in Nashville, TN. Everyone is raving about this new and inventive entertainment show. Of course, the hosts of this show are funny enough on their own, but when you add in the antics of "The Glade City Rounders," you have a recipe for over-the-top hilarity.
Prior to their taping on the "The Chico and Bman Show," the fellas played the "Muddy Roots Festival" in Cookeville, TN, just outside of Nashville. Known for providing an array of folk/alternative roots music, the "Muddy Roots Festival" is creating a huge following across the country. Without a doubt, "The Glade City Rounders" band was quickly welcomed into the fold of the festival's growing fan base.
Keeping track of what these guys are up to and where they are playing next is best left to following them on facebook (until they get their own page up here on notemote.com). How do I know this for certain? Well, I just had a facebook notification that the group's banjo player "Squirrel" is currently competing in a banjo-playing contest at the 35th Annual "Bellwitch Old-Time & Bluegrass Contest" in Springfield, Tennessee.
So, until we have corralled this wily bunch and developed a page for them here on notemote.com, you can always check here for updates on the group's bookings or check them out on facebook under "The Glade City Rounders." If you are looking for where to hear their music other than hearing them live and in person, look them up on YouTube. The group has several videos downloaded for your enjoyment.