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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 here in Nashville for the week to finish a new recording for Compass Records and then to play the annual SPBGMA festival on Saturday afternoon. Greg is one of the teachers for the SPBGMA banjo workshop on Friday. We hope to have the recording ready for release by late March. Finger picks crossed!


We had the privilege of playing some music for some of the youngsters at Valley Children’s Hospital while on tour in California last week. Here is a link: http://video.valleypbs.org/video/2365653160/


We’re back from sunny California and heading east to Washington, DC for a show on Friday at the Corner Store Arts Center and then on to Harrisonburg, VA for a concert at the Court Square Theater. Should be a great weekend for our friends out that way to dig out of the snow and come out to hear some bluegrass music!


We are looking forward to our bi-annual appearance at the Joe Val festival in MA on Feb 13 and we have been invited to offer master class workshops on Feb 12. Classes we will offer include Greg for banjo, Rick for guitar and Dan for bass. Visit http://www.bbu.org/events/joe-val-festival/ for more info about the festival and the master classes.


The annual SPBGMA winter fest in Nashville is around the corner and Greg will be one of the teachers at the Friday February 5 Banjo Workshop in the 10:30am-Noon time slot. Other faculty members include Joe Mullins, Jack Hatfield and Steve Huber. This is always a fun and informative workshop so make plans to attend if you will be in Nashville for the festival: http://www.jackhatfieldworkshops.com/workshops/spbgma/2016. Special C will play a set on Saturday, as usual.


Upcoming Events
Feb
13
Sat
2016
all-day Framingham, MA – Joe Val Bluegras... @ Sheraton Framingham
Framingham, MA – Joe Val Bluegras... @ Sheraton Framingham
Feb 13 all-day
The Joe Val festival is one of our all-time favorite festivals! Great location/hotel, always a fantastic band roster, and the perfect time of the year for a good “bluegrass fix” with a wonderful bluegrass community. Plenty[...]
Feb
18
Thu
2016
all-day Palatka, FL @ Palatka BLuegrass Festival, Rodheaver Boy's Ranch
Palatka, FL @ Palatka BLuegrass Festival, Rodheaver Boy's Ranch
Feb 18 all-day
We are very happy to return to one of Norman Adams’ fine festivals and this is a great one! Please join us at the 12th Annual Palatka Bluegrass Festival for a fun weekend of great[...]
Feb
27
Sat
2016
8:00 pm Woodstock, IL @ Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, IL @ Woodstock Opera House
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
We have played here numerous times – in concert and also many years ago as cast members of Cotton Patch Gospel – and it is definitely one of our all-time favorite theaters to play. Located[...]
Mar
4
Fri
2016
8:00 pm Three Oaks, MI @ Acorn Theater
Three Oaks, MI @ Acorn Theater
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm
This is a great venue and we have not played here since 2012 – looking forward to seeing our MI friends!
Mar
5
Sat
2016
8:00 pm Sandwich, IL @ Opera House of Sandwich
Sandwich, IL @ Opera House of Sandwich
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm
We have not performed at this beautiful, historic venue in many years – it is a great place for a bluegrass concert and we would appreciate your support.
Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms


Wild Montana Skies