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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 Jefferson City, MO to play a show with our good friends The Bluegrass Martins on Friday, then to Rick’s hometown of Topeka, KS for a concert on Saturday and then to Barnhart, MO, close to where Dan grew up playing bluegrass music, on Sunday afternoon. This is what we call “a mighty fine week” for The Special C boys!

We were very happy to find a fantastic review of our new recording “Long I Ride” in the December 2016 issue of the renowned bluegrass periodical Bluegrass Unlimited and another great review by our good friend/banjo maestro Tom Adams in the January issue of Banjo Newsletter. Excerpts from the reviews are posted on the Reviews page. We were also very pleased to see that the song “Long I Ride” moved up to #8 on the National Bluegrass Survey in BU, that the “Long I Ride” album moved up to #8 on the Top 15 Bluegrass Albums chart in BU and that the song “Long I Ride” was included at #12 in the Bluegrass Today Top 30 bluegrass songs for 2016 list. What a fine way to begin the New Year!

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.

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/

Greg and Rick will be teaching at Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2017 – 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!

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Upcoming Events
Apr
28
Fri
2017
7:00 pm Jefferson City, MO @ Avenue HQ for Sho-Me Music UpClose Concert Series
Jefferson City, MO @ Avenue HQ for Sho-Me Music UpClose Concert Series
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm
We are so pleased to be returning to Jefferson City for another double-bill concert with our great friends the Bluegrass Martins! Thanks again to Janice for making this show possible.
Apr
29
Sat
2017
7:00 pm Topeka, KS @ Potwin Presbyterian Church
Topeka, KS @ Potwin Presbyterian Church
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm
We always truly enjoy playing in and around Topeka and seeing longtime friends of both Special C and the Faris Family Band (Topeka is home base for Rick). Bring the whole family to spend a[...]
Apr
30
Sun
2017
3:00 pm Barnhart, MO @ Oak Tree Concerts
Barnhart, MO @ Oak Tree Concerts
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm
This is a fantastic concert series in a great location. Our first time here and we are looking forward to playing in Dan’s hometown area.
May
5
Fri
2017
all-day Hatteras Village, NC @ Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival, Hatteras Village Civic Center
Hatteras Village, NC @ Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival, Hatteras Village Civic Center
May 5 all-day
We are so glad that this fine festival has been rescheduled after being cancelled due to the hurricane in 2016. We look forward to seeing our North Carolina friends as well as our good bud[...]
May
6
Sat
2017
all-day Hatteras Village, NC @ Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival, Hatteras Village Civic Center
Hatteras Village, NC @ Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival, Hatteras Village Civic Center
May 6 all-day
We are so glad that this fine festival has been rescheduled after being cancelled due to the hurricane in 2016. We look forward to seeing our North Carolina friends as well as our good bud[...]
Song Demos

Fireball

Wild Montana Skies

Long I Ride

 I’ll Go To My Grave