“Up the River was recorded at Green Fly Studios, and surprisingly, the album has a clean sound for such a raw style. The band has excellent timing and precision in the pocket. The complex string parts are perfectly in-sync with one another. Recording rapid fingerpicking techniques is a difficult procedure for the player and the recording engineer(s). By the sound of it, Glade City Rounders have a strong chemistry and foster a deep respect for their music. Nothing sounds forced; the whole progression of the album sounds natural.”

— Jordan Hall, The Murfreesboro Pulse
“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.”
— Gary Hays, Gary Hays Country Music
“.....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. .......”
— Mike Morrison, American Roots UK

“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).....”
— Dylan Skye Aycock, The Murfreesboro Pulse