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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 returning to the 25th Annual Threshermen’s Bluegrass Festival in Pontiac, IL on Sat-Sun. We played the very first Threshermen’s festival (and played the fest several times since then) and we are now saddened by the fact that this will most likely be the last Threshermen’s Bluegrass Festival unless new people volunteer to keep it going. Organizing a festival is very hard work and we sincerely thank all of the “retiring” volunteers who have worked so hard to keep this festival going for so many years.

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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Sep
22
Fri
2017
all-day Pontiac, IL @ Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival, Threshermen's Park
Pontiac, IL @ Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival, Threshermen's Park
Sep 22 all-day
This is the 25th Threshermen’s Bluegrass Festival – a milestone event for sure. We were at the first festival and are very pleased to be coming back for this banner year celebration.
Sep
23
Sat
2017
all-day Pontiac, IL @ Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival, Threshermen's Park
Pontiac, IL @ Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival, Threshermen's Park
Sep 23 all-day
This is the 25th Threshermen’s Bluegrass Festival – a milestone event for sure. We were at the first festival and are very pleased to be coming back for this banner year celebration.
Sep
26
Tue
2017
all-day Raleigh, NC @ IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference
Raleigh, NC @ IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day
The International Bluegrass Music Association hosts the annual World of Bluegrass event in downtown Raleigh, NC. The Business Conference includes many seminars, workshops, showcase performances and general networking and the weekend festival is a fundraiser[...]
Sep
28
Thu
2017
5:00 pm Petaluma, CA @ Walker Creek Music Camp, Walker Creek Ranch
Petaluma, CA @ Walker Creek Music Camp, Walker Creek Ranch
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm
We are excited about coming as a band to this fantastic music camp. We will be offering instrumental and elective classes and performing in concert several times throughout the week. We thank Ingrid for having[...]
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Long I Ride

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Fireball

Wild Montana Skies