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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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Our good news is that we have been selected to showcase at the annual IBMA “Bluegrass Ramble” in Raleigh, NC in September. We truly appreciate this opportunity to be heard by so many bluegrass fans and promoters throughout the week and already look forward to the event.

We are getting ready for our album release concerts on April 23 in Nashville, TN and April 25 in (Chicago suburb) Berwyn, IL. We look forward to seeing our friends in both cities and to performing songs from our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording. We will also have some fun in Bangor, WI on April 26.

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 this week. 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.

Upcoming Events
9:00 pm Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Apr 23 @ 9:00 pm
Please come out for our album release show, where our new Compass Records release “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” will be available here in Nashville for [...]
8:30 pm Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
Apr 25 @ 8:30 pm
Please join us for our Chicago-area album release concert! We have been playing at FitzGerald’s since they opened the doors in 1980 and it therefore seemed appropriate [...]
8:00 pm Bangor, WI @ Leo and Leona's
Bangor, WI @ Leo and Leona's
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
This is a really cool club near our friends of the Larryfest festival – we always have a great time with them and all the folks [...]
8:00 pm Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
This will be our first appearance at this popular venue – we are looking forward to being here.
8:00 pm Bloomingdale, GA @ Randy Wood Guitars
Bloomingdale, GA @ Randy Wood Guitars
May 3 @ 8:00 pm
We alway thoroughly enjoy playing here – and visiting with Randy and friends. Hope to see many of our GA friends here.

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies