O Brother, that's good bluegrass
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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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It has been several years since our last appearance at the Pennyroyal Opera House – we are really looking forward to seeing our OH friends when we make a return appearance there on Friday. It is a great venue for live music!


Greg Cahill and Russell Sawler have released a book of banjo tablature for all the banjo solos and backup on the Special C Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver Compass Records release. See the News page for details.


We had a great time at our shows at The Down Home in Johnson City on March 6 and at the “World Famous” Station Inn in Nashville (which sold out) on March 7. Our friend Juli Thanki wrote a fantastic article on the band that appeared on the cover page of the The Tennessean Entertainment section on Friday:  http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/03/06/special-consensus-celebrates-years-play-station-inn/24380303/.


We have recently downsized to a Sprinter van and are selling our mini-bus Snowball; it has been a “good ride” for many years. Photos and details are posted on our Facebook page.


WE WON TWO IBMA AWARDS!!! We are so honored and appreciative of our peers who voted for us as nominees for the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award and the Recorded Event of the Year Award. We were quite surprised (understatement) and have many people to thank – see the News page for details.


Upcoming Events
Apr
24
Fri
2015
6:00 pm Fairview, OH @ Pennyroyal Opera House
Fairview, OH @ Pennyroyal Opera House
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm
Seems like “ages and ages ago” since our last appearance at this great venue. Located just off I-70 at Exit 198 in Fairview, OH. Looking forward to seeing our OH friends again!
May
7
Thu
2015
all-day Denton, NC @ Denton Farm Park
Denton, NC @ Denton Farm Park
May 7 all-day
This is a fantastic festival – we have not been here in a few years and glad to be back!
May
8
Fri
2015
all-day Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival at Pickers Paradise Park
Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival at Pickers Paradise Park
May 8 all-day
Our first time at this fine festival. We are looking forward to being back in Georgia – it’s been on our minds…
May
9
Sat
2015
all-day Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival at Pickers Paradise Park
Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival at Pickers Paradise Park
May 9 all-day
Our first time at this fine festival. We are looking forward to being back in Georgia – it’s been on our minds…
May
24
Sun
2015
all-day Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
May 24 all-day
Silver Dollar City is one of our absolute favorite places to play and we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so annually for many years. We look forward to seeing all our[...]

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms


Wild Montana Skies