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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…

Rivers And Roads is the 19th Special C recording and features songs about life’s journeys with a tip of the hat to Renaissance Man/musician/songwriter John Hartford. Band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Bobby Osborne, Becky Buller and Josh Williams on “She Took The Tennessee River;” Molly Tuttle on “Hurting Sure;” Justin Moses on “Bought And Sold;” the dancing feet of Mark Schatz on the John Hartford song “Way Down The River Road” and John Hartford, 10 String Symphony and producer Alison Brown on “Squirrel Hunters.” 

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Compass Records released our brand new video of She Took The Tennessee River and The Bluegrass Situation was so gracious to premier the video yesterday.

 

Special Consensus, "She Took the Tennessee River"

Veteran bluegrass band Special Consensus are joined by Bobby Osborne, Josh Williams (Josh Williams Band), and Becky Buller (Becky Buller Band) on the brand new video for "She Took the Tennessee River" off of their latest album, Rivers And Roads.

Posted by The Bluegrass Situation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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It’s time for us to play two of our favorite summer WI shows! We always enjoy performing at Three Lakes Center for the Arts and visiting with so many friends who come to see us there and Larryfest is a fantastic festival that always has a great artist roster, an extremely responsive audience and a very bluegrass-friendly vibe.  Come on out – summer is fleeting all too quickly!

We are so honored to have received five IBMA Award nominations from our Compass Records release Rivers and Roads. The nominations are for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (Travelin’ Shoes), Album of the Year (Rivers and Roads), Song of the Year (Way Down the River Road), Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (Squirrel Hunters) and Recorded Event of the Year (She Took the Tennessee River). We sincerely thank all who voted for us and would greatly appreciate their voting support on the final round ballots. The July 25 award nominations program is available for viewing on the International Bluegrass Music Association Facebook Live page.

Compass Records released our brand new video of She Took The Tennessee River and The Bluegrass Situation was so gracious to premier the video yesterday. Here is a link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/TheBluegrassSituation/videos/1770457529701987/

March 30 was “Rivers and Roads” release day! We are so happy to have the CDs in hand and we thank Compass Records for all they have done to make and promote the recording. CDs are now available from us at our performances and on our Store page on this site. Greg played Alison Brown’s Julia Belle (low tuned) Deering banjo on the John Hartford song Way Down The River Road and Deering Banjos posted the song complete with lyrics on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/deering.banjo/posts/10155694909986234. And here is a link to the photo video with lyrics for the song “Early” on FB: https://business.facebook.com/special.consensus/videos/1901498156560965/. Finally, here is the link to Justin Hiltner’s post for The Bluegrass Situation that included the tune “Squirrel Hunters”:  https:/thebluegrasssituation.com/read/special-consensus-squirrel-hunters

We had a fantastic time on Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise this year and we are happy to report that we signed up for the bluegrass cruise next year! We thank Danny Stewart for inviting us to sail on his California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 18-22, 2019. Please join us for this wonderful event – we will once again spend loads of time together playing and listening to great bluegrass music. Other bands with us on the cruise are Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Monroe Crossing and several more bands. Contact Danny Stewart: 570-721-2760 

http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com

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