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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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Thanks to all who came to see our first concert with our new mandolin player Nick Dumas – and Rick playing guitar – at Down Home Guitars on Saturday. We enjoyed seeing so many friends who came out to the sold-out show in spite of the nasty weather. We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving as we take some time to be home with our families for the holiday week.

We had a great time at our anniversary concert on October 24 and we sincerely thank all of our wonderful friends/fans who joined us for a sold out performance. We now look forward to being back on tour and preparing for the 45th anniversary show!


Visit the News page to find out what band alums performed on Saturday in Chicago – it was a memorable event for sure!


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 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
8:00 pm Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
This is the perfect intimate setting to hear bluegrass music – a classy venue with great atmosphere and friendly staff. Come for dinner – an excellent menu – and stay for a day or two[...]
7:30 pm Clifton, OH @ Clifton Opera House
Clifton, OH @ Clifton Opera House
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm
We are looking to our first time at this great venue – will be good to see our Ohio friends. Brian Ehlers band at 7:30pm and then Special C.
8:00 pm Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm
Our annual concert at this intimate venue; we’ll do our “no snow” dance well in advance! Only one night this year so be sure to get tickets in advance to guarantee seating.  
3:00 pm Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Jan 3 @ 3:00 pm
Our first IL concert of the year – every year – in this beautiful historical venue. We so appreciate being included in the Maple Street Chapel Concert Series and always appreciate seeing our “bluegrass family” of[...]
8:00 pm Northridge, CA @ New Mission Theater, Rancho Cordillera del Norte
Northridge, CA @ New Mission Theater, Rancho Cordillera del Norte
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm
We always thoroughly enjoy our concerts at this venue and we thank the Southern California Bluegrass Association and Harley for always having us back when we are in California.
Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies