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GRAMMY NOMINATED | Best Bluegrass Album - 2012 Scratch Gravel Road

Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass… Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet…
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Mark S. Tucker

SCRATCH GRAVEL ROAD Scratch Gravel Road is the 16th recording released by Special C. This is a “special” recording because most of the songs were given to the band by top Nashville songwriters, including Dixie and Tom T. Hall, Tim Stafford and Jon Weisberger, Brink Brinkman and Tony Rackley, Craig Market, Becky Buller and even Harley Allen and Herb Ford. The recording features the current band lineup of founder Greg Cahill, David Thomas, Rick Faris and Dustin Benson. The somewhat “epic” song about Bill Monroe, called “Monroe’s Doctrine,” includes guest vocal appearances by Special C alums Josh Williams and Chris Jones along with the fabulous fiddling of Stuart Duncan.

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We’re heading to Bellingham, WA on Thursday and Snohomish on Friday (our first time to play in the region in over a year) and then back to the Coombs Bluegrass Festival on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada (we were last at this fest in 2011). Great week!

We are extremely pleased that our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording debuted at #4 on the huge Billboard Top Best Selling Albums Chart. Very happy about that!

The April issue of the IBMA newsletter International Bluegrass has a nice article about the new Special C recording. Here is the link to the newsletter:


Here is a link to an article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 25, the release date for our new Compass Records recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver”:   http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-special-consensus-review-20140324,0,2564143.story.

Here is a link to view a video of us playing Wild Montana Skies with guests Claire Lynch singing and Rob Ickes playing dobro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VZLyqc8f5Y&feature=youtu.be .


For a look behind the scenes about the making of our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” on the Compass Records label, follow this link:


Upcoming Events
7:00 pm Bellingham, WA @ The Green Frog
Bellingham, WA @ The Green Frog
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
Our first time at this very cool venue!
7:30 pm Snohomish, WA @ Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
Snohomish, WA @ Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
We are really looking forward to our first time at this cozy theater – and to hopefully seeing many of our WA friends.
all-day Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada – ... @ Coombs Hilliers Recreation and Community Organization's Rodeo Grounds
Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada – ... @ Coombs Hilliers Recreation and Community Organization's Rodeo Grounds
Aug 2 – Aug 3 all-day
We had a great time at this festival two yers ago and we look forward to another enjoyable weekend at this fest.
12:00 pm Chicago, IL @ Willis Tower
Chicago, IL @ Willis Tower
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
We’re planning on a beautiful sunny day for this free outdoor concert on the plaza outside Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Bring the whole family!

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies