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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 Florida bound this week, with shows in St. Petersburg, Crystal River, Miami and Orlando. It will be great to see our friends in the land of winter warmth and we look forward to each of these concerts and to the Everglades Bluegrass Festival!

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/

Would any of our friends come to Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2017 if all of us Special C boys were on the faculty? We will all be offering instruction on our respective instruments in addition to band workshops that will cover songwriting and arranging, playing solos and playing behind other instruments and singers, playing and singing harmony parts, bluegrass harmony singing, etc. Check out this great camp at www.bluegrasscampgermany.com to sign up!

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Upcoming Events
Feb
24
Fri
2017
7:00 pm Crystal River, FL @ St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Crystal River, FL @ St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
We are so pleased to be coming back to St. Timothy’s for a concert! It is a great venue for acoustic music and we always have a very enjoyable evening here. Hope to see many[...]
Feb
25
Sat
2017
all-day North Miami Beach, FL @ Everglades Bluegrass Festival, Greynolds Park
North Miami Beach, FL @ Everglades Bluegrass Festival, Greynolds Park
Feb 25 all-day
We are really looking forward to returning to the Everglades Bluegrass Festival in February – it has been many years since our last appearance at this fest. We appreciate the South Florida Bluegrass Association for[...]
Feb
26
Sun
2017
3:00 pm Orlando, FL @ Fodor's Grove House Concert
Orlando, FL @ Fodor's Grove House Concert
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm
This will be our first time at Mark’s concert space and we have only heard wonderful things about this setting for a show. We hope to see many of our FL friends from the area.
Mar
10
Fri
2017
all-day Mountain View, AR @ Mountain View Bluegrass Festival-Ozark Folk Center Auditorium
Mountain View, AR @ Mountain View Bluegrass Festival-Ozark Folk Center Auditorium
Mar 10 all-day
We always have a great time at this festival – always a good talent roster and plenty of picking all weekend.
Mar
11
Sat
2017
all-day Mountain View, AR @ Mountain View Bluegrass Festival-Ozark Folk Center Auditorium
Mountain View, AR @ Mountain View Bluegrass Festival-Ozark Folk Center Auditorium
Mar 11 all-day
We always have a great time at this festival – always a good talent roster and plenty of picking all weekend.
Song Demos

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Wild Montana Skies

Fireball

Long I Ride