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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 look forward to appearing at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA on Thursday Aug 17 thanks to the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa (BMAI) – they negotiated with the fair board to have several days of bluegrass music included in the programming. Then we head to the SEMBA Bluegrass Festival in Houston, MN for a fun weekend to be part of their 25th anniversary celebration. On Sunday we are playing a concert at the wonderful Three Lakes Center for the Arts in Three Lakes, WI. Heavy picking ahead!

We are very excited to be going on another bluegrass cruise! It has been many years since we last sailed with our fans and we thank Danny Stewart for inviting us to sail on his California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 25 to March 1, 2018. Please join us for this fantastic event – we will spend loads of time together playing and listening to great bluegrass music. Other bands with us on the cruise are Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Monroe Crossing, Edgar Loudermilk and Jerry Butler & Kipper Stitt. Contact Danny Stewart: 570-721-2760 

http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com

WE WON AN IBMA AWARD! We are so honored to have won the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for Fireball, which included phenominal playing by our friends Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and our producer Alison Brown. The tune appears on our new Compass Records release “Long I Ride.” We sincerely thank all of our peers and IBMA Member fans for voting for us.

Greg and Rick will be teaching at Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2018 – Greg teaching banjo and Rick teaching guitar in addition to elective sessions and plenty of jamming. Special C alum Ashby Frank will be teaching mandolin, Alan Munde and Rudiger Helbig teaching banjo and Phil Ledbetter teaching dobro. Other teachers from Germany will also teach classes, including Heidi Helbig teaching vocals. Check out this great camp at www.bluegrasscampgermany.com to sign up!

Our old friend Eddie Collins wrote a very nice article about our 40th Anniversary concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music last October for Banjo Newsletter. Here is the link: https://banjonews.com/2016-05/special_consensus_40th_anniversary.html.

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Upcoming Events
Aug
25
Fri
2017
all-day Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Aug 25 all-day
We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this great festival in past years and are very much looking forward to returning in August 2017. Thanks to Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp and the Pine River Chamber[...]
Aug
26
Sat
2017
all-day Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Pine River, MN @ Lakes Bluegrass Festival/Cass County Fairgrounds
Aug 26 all-day
We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this great festival in past years and are very much looking forward to returning in August 2017. Thanks to Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp and the Pine River Chamber[...]
Sep
1
Fri
2017
all-day New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
Sep 1 all-day
We have had a fantastic time at this festival every time we have played here and we are really looking forward to this return visit. Always a great band lineup and lots of picking all[...]
Aug
31
Thu
2017
7:00 pm New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Town Hall, Bluegrass Downtown
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Town Hall, Bluegrass Downtown
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm
Bluegrass Downtown is a free concert at the New Richmond Town Hall to promote bluegrass music and the New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, which will be taking place over the weekend. We always have a fantastic[...]
Sep
2
Sat
2017
all-day New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Gaspesian British Heritage Village
Sep 2 all-day
We have had a fantastic time at this festival every time we have played here and we are really looking forward to this return visit. Always a great band lineup and lots of picking all[...]
Song Demos

Fireball

Wild Montana Skies

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Long I Ride