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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 Walker Creek Music Camp and are heading to a great festival at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline, IL on Saturday. Great bands that will include a Faris Family bluegrass band reunion show (WOW!) and the Bluegrass Martins.

Visit the News page to find out what band alums have confirmed to perform – it’s going to be a memorable event for sure!


Greg Cahill and Russell Sawler have released a book of banjo tablature for all the banjo solos and backup on the Special C Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver Compass Records release. See the News page for details.

We had a great time at our shows at The Down Home in Johnson City on March 6 and at the “World Famous” Station Inn in Nashville (which sold out) on March 7. Our friend Juli Thanki wrote a fantastic article on the band that appeared on the cover page of the The Tennessean Entertainment section on Friday:  http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/03/06/special-consensus-celebrates-years-play-station-inn/24380303/.

We have recently downsized to a Sprinter van and are selling our mini-bus Snowball; it has been a “good ride” for many years. Photos and details are posted on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events
all-day Moline, IL @ Rock Island County Fairgrounds
Moline, IL @ Rock Island County Fairgrounds
Oct 17 all-day
This will be a really fun one day festival – we’ll be there with our friends the Bluegrass Martins and a wonderful not-to-be-missed Faris Family reunion. Wow!
7:00 pm Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
We are celebrating the 40 year anniversary of Special C becoming a full-time touring and recording band with several “special” concerts with the current band and some with band alums throughout the year. This concert will be the “mother[...]
9:00 pm Johnson City, TN @ The Down Home
Johnson City, TN @ The Down Home
Nov 6 @ 9:00 pm
Always a good time at The Down Home and we look forward to seeing our Johnson City and Knoxville friends!
9:00 pm Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Nov 7 @ 9:00 pm
This legendary institution is definitely on our “all-time most favorite places to play” list. We have been playing the Inn for about 30 years! Always a fun evening and usually several “special guests” join us[...]
7:30 pm Faribault, MN @ Paradise Center for the Arts
Faribault, MN @ Paradise Center for the Arts
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm
This is a very good venue and we appreciate the opportunity to include this date on our fall tour of MN-WI. Hope to see many of our MN friends here!
Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies