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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 are all looking forward to making our annual appearance at the fabulous Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO on May 24-25 (Memorial Day) and then head to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN to play on Wednesday (May 27). Next stop after that will be Middlebury, IN (May 29) and then our annual appearance at the Niles, MI Bluegrass Festival (May 30-31). We hope to see many of you real soon!


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.


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.


Upcoming Events
May
28
Thu
2015
8:00 pm Evanston, IL @ Private Event
Evanston, IL @ Private Event
May 28 @ 8:00 pm
Private event – sorry!
May
29
Fri
2015
7:00 pm Middlebury, IN @ Essenhaus Heritage Hall
Middlebury, IN @ Essenhaus Heritage Hall
May 29 @ 7:00 pm
We have been trying to find a date that would work between our schedule and the Essenhaus schedule for about two years – so glad we finally confirmed this date – it is a wonderful[...]
May
30
Sat
2015
all-day Niles, MI – Niles Bluegrass Festi... @ Riverfront Amphitheater
Niles, MI – Niles Bluegrass Festi... @ Riverfront Amphitheater
May 30 all-day
Our annual appearance at this fun family festival – and it’s FREE. We always enjoy seeing so many friends here and great bands are featured on all three days of the fest. This is the first time we will be[...]
May
31
Sun
2015
all-day Niles, MI – Niles Bluegrass Festi... @ Riverfront Amphitheater
Niles, MI – Niles Bluegrass Festi... @ Riverfront Amphitheater
May 31 all-day
Our annual appearance at this fun family festival – and it’s FREE. We always enjoy seeing so many friends here and great bands are featured on all three days of the fest. This is the first time we will be[...]
Jun
4
Thu
2015
all-day Olivet, MI @ Olivet College Campus-Midwest Banjo Camp
Olivet, MI @ Olivet College Campus-Midwest Banjo Camp
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day
Greg is back to teach at this excellent banjo camp, along with some of the very best players/instructors in the land. This is a wonderful weekend of “banjo immersion.”

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms


Wild Montana Skies