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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

COUNTRY BOY: A BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER is the 17th Special C recording. In addition to featuring the wonderful songs of John Denver, band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dustin Benson and Dan Eubanks were joined by numerous bluegrass luminaries that include Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Jim Lauderdale, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan, Buddy Spicher, Rhonda Vincent and Alison Brown. “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” performed as an instrumental with the twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Michael Cleveland and the twin banjo of Alison Brown, received the 2014 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. “Wild Montana Skies,” performed with guest vocalist Claire Lynch and dobro player Rob Ickes, received the 2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award.

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We had a fantastic time at the MountainGrass festival in Australia. The great Davidson Brothers hosted a Monday evening concert for our two bands in Melbourne and we had a great time, closing the show together on stage. Just home Tuesday night and really looking forward to our annual “Saturday before Thanksgiving” concert at Down Home Guitars this weekend. We will post more about our Australia trip on the News page (and some photos) soon. Hope to see our Chicago area friends on Saturday!


Special C is on the first Grammy nominations ballot in four categories: Best Bluegrass Album for our “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording; Americana Roots Performance for the song “Poems, Prayers and Promises” with Jim Lauderdale on the Country Boy recording; Album Notes for David Royko’s notes on the Country Boy recording; Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for the song Wild Montana Skies with Claire Lynch on the Country Boy recording. We would appreciate any votes from our Grammy voting member friends!


WE WON TWO IBMA AWARDS!!! We are so honored and appreciative of our peers who voted for us as nominees for the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award and the Recorded Event of the Year Award. We were quite surprised (understatement) and have many people to thank – see the News page for details.

 

 

 


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:

http://issuu.com/ibma/docs/april_ib.


Upcoming Events
Nov
22
Sat
2014
7:30 pm Frankfort, IL @ Down Home Guitars
Frankfort, IL @ Down Home Guitars
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm
Our good friends Steve and Tom continue the tradition of hosting our annual “Saturday before Thanksgiving” concert at the store – one of our very favorite venues in the whole world! Come early to check out the[...]
Nov
24
Mon
2014
7:00 pm Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm
Greg playing here once again with Special C alum/”Alt Country Star” Robbie Fulks at his regular Monday evening concert. Always a fun evening – thanks Robbie!
Dec
10
Wed
2014
8:00 pm Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
This is the perfect intimate setting to hear bluegrass music – a classy venue with great atmosphere and friendly staff. Come for dinner – an excellent menu – and stay for a day or two[...]
Dec
12
Fri
2014
7:30 pm Madison, WI @ First Unitarian Society of Madison - Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association, Inc.
Madison, WI @ First Unitarian Society of Madison - Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association, Inc.
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm
This is one of the all-too few times we get to share the bill with our good buds the Henhouse Prowlers. Wwe are looking forward to a great evening of music. story telling and just[...]
Dec
13
Sat
2014
8:00 pm Evanston, IL @ The Pig & Weasel
Evanston, IL @ The Pig & Weasel
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
This is a great house concert space – a perfect way to truly be “in the room” with the band!  

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms


Wild Montana Skies