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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

SCRATCH GRAVEL ROAD Scratch Gravel Road is the 16th recording released by Special C. This is a “special” recording because most of the songs were given to the band by top Nashville songwriters, including Dixie and Tom T. Hall, Tim Stafford and Jon Weisberger, Brink Brinkman and Tony Rackley, Craig Market, Becky Buller and even Harley Allen and Herb Ford. The recording features the current band lineup of founder Greg Cahill, David Thomas, Rick Faris and Dustin Benson. The somewhat “epic” song about Bill Monroe, called “Monroe’s Doctrine,” includes guest vocal appearances by Special C alums Josh Williams and Chris Jones along with the fabulous fiddling of Stuart Duncan.

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Holy cow!!! For only the second time in 39 years, Special C has final IBMA award nominations!!! From our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording, Wild Montana Skies is nominated for Recorded Event of the Year, Thank God I’m A Country Boy is nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year and David Royko’s liner notes for the recording are nominated for Best Liner Notes. “Special” thanks to Alison, Garry and all the Compass Records hard working staff, to all the fantastic musicians who appeared on the recording with us, to the DJs who play our music and to our friends and fans who support us always!

We are extremely pleased that our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording debuted at #4 on the huge Billboard Top Best Selling Albums Chart. Very happy about that!

The April issue of the IBMA newsletter International Bluegrass has a nice article about the new Special C recording. Here is the link to the newsletter:


Here is a link to an article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 25, the release date for our new Compass Records recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver”:   http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-special-consensus-review-20140324,0,2564143.story.

Here is a link to view a video of us playing Wild Montana Skies with guests Claire Lynch singing and Rob Ickes playing dobro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VZLyqc8f5Y&feature=youtu.be .


For a look behind the scenes about the making of our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” on the Compass Records label, follow this link:


Upcoming Events
11:00 am Santa Claus, IN @ Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, IN @ Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am
We look forward to being part of the Red, White & Bluegrass festival at this fun venue. Bring the whole family – and neighbors, too!
all-day Grottoes, VA @ Grand Caverns
Grottoes, VA @ Grand Caverns
Sep 5 – Sep 6 all-day
This is a very nice family festival hosted by The Shennandoah Valley Shriners – we are glad to be back!
all-day Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills B... @ Civic Center Park
Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills B... @ Civic Center Park
Sep 6 – Sep 7 all-day
Our annual appearance as host band at this fun, family-friendly festival.
all-day Glenmont, OH – Mohican Bluegrass ... @ Mohican Wilderness Campground
Glenmont, OH – Mohican Bluegrass ... @ Mohican Wilderness Campground
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day
9 miles south of Loudonville, OH. We always thoroughly enjoy this great family-oriented festival. Our first time to be here for two days.

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies