O Brother, that's good bluegrass
Salt Lake Tribune

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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A great week ahead for Special C: Thursday at the Performing Arts Pavilion in Oak Brook, Friday at the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park with the legendary Irish band The Chieftains and Sat-Sun at the outstanding annual bluegrass festival in Frankfort, IL. Wow!


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
Jul
9
Thu
2015
7:00 pm Oak Brook, IL @ Oak Brook Park District
Oak Brook, IL @ Oak Brook Park District
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm
A wonderful setting for an outdoor summer evening concert!
Jul
10
Fri
2015
4:30 pm Chicago, IL @ Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell
Chicago, IL @ Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell
Jul 10 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
We are honored to be the band to open for the world renowned, award-winning band from Ireland The Chieftains at the massive annual Taste of Chicago event. We will be performing on the beautiful Pertillo[...]
Jul
11
Sat
2015
all-day Frankfort, IL – Bluegrass on the ... @ Breidert Green
Frankfort, IL – Bluegrass on the ... @ Breidert Green
Jul 11 all-day
Our annual appearance at this fantastic FREE festival. Always a great band roster, plenty of picking in the parking lot and kids activities – and a mighty fine event for the entire family.
Jul
12
Sun
2015
all-day Frankfort, IL – Bluegrass on the ... @ Breidert Green
Frankfort, IL – Bluegrass on the ... @ Breidert Green
Jul 12 all-day
Our annual appearance at this fantastic FREE festival. Always a great band roster, plenty of picking in the parking lot and kids activities – and a mighty fine event for the entire family.
Jul
18
Sat
2015
all-day Remer, MN @ Double Barrel Bluegrass Festival at Pineridge Grouse Camp
Remer, MN @ Double Barrel Bluegrass Festival at Pineridge Grouse Camp
Jul 18 all-day
This is our first time at this new festival at a great camp that also featured the Double Barrel Blues Festival. We are looking forward to a very enjoyable fest!

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms


Wild Montana Skies