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TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS for Best Bluegrass Album
2012 Scratch Gravel Road & 2018 Rivers And Roads

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…

Rivers And Roads is the 19th Special C recording and features songs about life’s journeys with a tip of the hat to Renaissance Man/musician/songwriter John Hartford. Band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Bobby Osborne, Becky Buller and Josh Williams on “She Took The Tennessee River;” Molly Tuttle on “Hurting Sure;” Justin Moses on “Bought And Sold;” the dancing feet of Mark Schatz on the John Hartford song “Way Down The River Road” and John Hartford, 10 String Symphony and producer Alison Brown on “Squirrel Hunters.” 

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Compass Records released our brand new video of She Took The Tennessee River and The Bluegrass Situation was so gracious to premier the video yesterday.


Special Consensus, "She Took the Tennessee River"

Veteran bluegrass band Special Consensus are joined by Bobby Osborne, Josh Williams (Josh Williams Band), and Becky Buller (Becky Buller Band) on the brand new video for "She Took the Tennessee River" off of their latest album, Rivers And Roads.

Posted by The Bluegrass Situation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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We had a fabulous tour of Ireland,England/Wales and a wonderful time at the GRAMMY Awards show. Congrats to our buds the Travelin’ McCourys on winning the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY.

We are home for a few days before heading to a fun festival Granville, OH on Saturday and then to Long Beach, CA where we will embark on another fun Danny Stewart Bluegrass Cruise on Monday. There is still time to sign up if you need a break from winter and would enjoy being in bluegrass music immersion!

Rivers And Roads remains at #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited “Top 15 Bluegrass Albums” chart in February! It has been on the chart for 8 months and #1 for 6 consecutive months. She Took the Tennessee River remains at #2 and Way Down the River Road is #18 on the Top 30 Songs chart.


THANK YOU!!! We won TWO International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards last Thursday night!!! Squirrel Hunters won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and then our album Rivers & Roads won Album of the Year!!! What a night! Thank you to Compass Records, to our fabulous producer Alison Brown, to all of our friends who performed on the recording with us and to everyone who voted for us. Congratulations to all the nominees and to all of the other award winners.



We dropped in to visit our good buds the Chapmans at their store in Springfield, MO, called The Acoustic Shoppe. We had an absolute blast recording an episode of their video series The Ozark Music Shoppe – you can see it here:


Here we play Squirrel Hunters for the same episode of the show: https://www.facebook.com/john.chapman.125/posts/10215397468868427?comment_id=10215397747075382 

Wild and crazy guys!


March 30 was “Rivers and Roads” release day! We are so happy to have the CDs in hand and we thank Compass Records for all they have done to make and promote the recording. CDs are now available from us at our performances and on our Store page on this site. Greg played Alison Brown’s Julia Belle (low tuned) Deering banjo on the John Hartford song Way Down The River Road and Deering Banjos posted the song complete with lyrics on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/deering.banjo/posts/10155694909986234. And here is a link to the photo video with lyrics for the song “Early” on FB: https://business.facebook.com/special.consensus/videos/1901498156560965/. Finally, here is the link to Justin Hiltner’s post for The Bluegrass Situation that included the tune “Squirrel Hunters”:  https:/thebluegrasssituation.com/read/special-consensus-squirrel-hunters


Upcoming Events
7:00 pm Granville, OH @ Denison Bluegrass Festival, Swasey Chapel, Denison University
Granville, OH @ Denison Bluegrass Festival, Swasey Chapel, Denison University
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
We had a great time playing at this festival at the university a few years ago. We hope to see many of our OH friends!
5:30 pm Bluegrass Cruise @ California Bluegrass Cruise
Bluegrass Cruise @ California Bluegrass Cruise
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 7:00 am
We’re going on another cruise! We had a fantastic time on the 2018 bluegrass cruise and we are so pleased that Danny Stewart has invited us to be part of his 2019 cruise that will[...]
8:00 pm Culver City, CA @ Boulevard Music
Culver City, CA @ Boulevard Music
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
We always enjoy our shows here – a great place to hear live music, to take lessons for various instruments and to find a fine instrument to purchase. Thanks for having us back Gary!
8:00 pm Cloquet, MN @ County Seat Theater, Encore Performing Arts Center & Gallery
Cloquet, MN @ County Seat Theater, Encore Performing Arts Center & Gallery
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm
This will be our first time at this fine theater. We thank the County Seat Theater Company for having us and we look forward to seeing our MN friends from the area.
2:00 pm Grand Rapids, MN @ Myles Reif Performing Arts Center
Grand Rapids, MN @ Myles Reif Performing Arts Center
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm
This will be our first time to perform at this great venue. We look forward to seeing our MN friends indoors in the “almost spring” season!
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