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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…

LONG I RIDE is the 18th Special C recording and features songs from current band members, band alums Robbie Fulks, Justin Carbone and Ron Spears and songwriter/friends of the band. The subtle theme relates to the 40 year band anniversary in 2015 and band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Della Mae on “Highway 40 Blues,” Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and producer Alison Brown on a “fiery” instrumental version of “Fireball” and Summer McMahan on “First One To Know.”

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We are headed to the great state of Washington for fun concerts in Chehalis (7/21) and Snohomish (7/24) and to our return to the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival in Stevenson (7/22-23) after a much too lengthy absence. We hope to see our bluegrass friends very soon!

Hal Leonard Corporation has just released a banjo tablature book titled “First 50 Songs You Should Play On Banjo” featuring 25 clawhammer banjo arrangements by Michael Miles and 25 three-finger (bluegrass) style arrangements by Greg Cahill. The bluegrass arrangements include a variety that spans traditional tunes like “Old Joe Clark” and “Cripple Creek” to standards like “All of Me” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” The book sells for $15 and is available at all Special C appearances and will soon be included on the Store page of this site.

Just confirmed: we’ll be sailing on Danny Stewart’s California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 25-March 1, 2018. See our news page for details. This will be a fantastic event!
Danny Stewart 570-721-2760 http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com/

We are so honored to see Special C on the second IBMA awards ballot in many categories: Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year, Goepel Recorded Performance of the Year, Dan for Bass Player of the Year, Rick for Guitar Player of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year and Greg for Banjo Player of the Year. Truly honored!

Would any of our friends come to Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2017 if all of us Special C boys were on the faculty? We will all be offering instruction on our respective instruments in addition to band workshops that will cover songwriting and arranging, playing solos and playing behind other instruments and singers, playing and singing harmony parts, bluegrass harmony singing, etc. Check out this great camp at www.bluegrasscampgermany.com to sign up!

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Upcoming Events
Jul
31
Sun
2016
7:00 pm Elkins, WV @ Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College
Elkins, WV @ Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm
Greg will teach Advanced Bluegrass Banjo for the renowned Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week. This is a wonderful camp for all bluegrass instrument and vocal students – fabulous faculty members, lots of jamming and concerts[...]
Aug
10
Wed
2016
8:00 pm Red Lodge, MT @ Bull & Bear
Red Lodge, MT @ Bull & Bear
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm
This will be a benefit concert for the Carbon County Mental Health organization, sponsored by our good friend Jack Curry. We hope to see many of our MT friends in support of this worthy cause. Tickets/donations[...]
Aug
11
Thu
2016
6:00 pm Cody, WY @ City Park
Cody, WY @ City Park
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We have always enjoyed our concerts on this outdoor stage and look forward to seeing our friends from Cody and the region – it has been a few years since we were last in Cody.
Aug
12
Fri
2016
7:00 pm Carbondale, CO @ Steve's Guitars
Carbondale, CO @ Steve's Guitars
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm
Steve is a great guy who has been presenting live music every Friday night for over 14 years and we greatly appreciate him for scheduling this concert, our first appearance at the venue. Looking forward[...]
Aug
13
Sat
2016
all-day Reno, NV @ Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival
Reno, NV @ Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival
Aug 13 all-day
This will be our first time at this great festival at the beautiful Bowers Mansion, just south of Reno. Tanks to the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association for having us!
Song Demos

Long I Ride

Fireball

Wild Montana Skies

 I’ll Go To My Grave