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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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What a great weekend we have ahead. We look forward to seeing our KS friends in Manhattan, KS on Friday when we play a show at the Manhattan Arts Center and then our IL friends at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, IL on Sat when we share the bill with band alum/Sirius/XM radio host/band leader Chris Jones and his Night Drivers. Big fun for sure!

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
Mar
31
Fri
2017
7:30 pm Manhattan, KS @ Manhattan Arts Center
Manhattan, KS @ Manhattan Arts Center
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm
We are delighted to once again be included in the Birdhouse Fine Acoustic Music Series at the Manhattan Arts Center – we look forward to our performance in this great venue.
Apr
1
Sat
2017
8:30 pm Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
Apr 1 @ 8:30 pm
Please join us for our first FitzGerald’s double-bill concert with Special C alum/Sirius/XM Bluegrass Junction host Chris Jones with his band Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. Chris is an award-winning musician and radio personality[...]
Apr
6
Thu
2017
all-day Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Banjo Camp, Cerveny Conference Center
Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Banjo Camp, Cerveny Conference Center
Apr 6 – Apr 9 all-day
Greg will be teaching bluegrass banjo at this great camp that includes both bluegrass and old-time banjo instruction April 6 through April 9. Other instructors include Alan Munde, Scott Anderson, Wes Corbett, Janet Davis, James[...]
Apr
21
Fri
2017
7:00 pm Fairview, OH @ Pennyroyal Opera House
Fairview, OH @ Pennyroyal Opera House
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm
We have a great time every time we play here and this has become an annual show for us. Located just off I-70 at Exit 198 in Fairview, OH. Looking forward to seeing our OH[...]
Apr
22
Sat
2017
8:00 pm Washington, DC @ Corner Store Arts
Washington, DC @ Corner Store Arts
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm
We have played at this great venue that has a wonderful display of art and a very pleasant cozy music room. Looking forward to seeing our friends in the DC area.
Song Demos

Long I Ride

Wild Montana Skies

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Fireball