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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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Greg and Rick and Special C alum Ashby Frank will be teaching banjo, guitar and mandolin at Bluegrass Camp Germany this week along with great friends/musicians Alan Munde teaching banjo and Phil Leadbetter teaching dobro and the German faculty that indludes camp founder Rudiger Helbig, Heidi Helbig, Robert Sautter and Jim Klopfenstein. This is a fabulous camp set in beautiful Bavaria and we look forward to seeing the many friends we have made here in past years.

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
May
25
Thu
2017
4:00 pm Fischbachau, Germany @ Bluegrass Camp Germany 2017 at Fischbachau, Germany
Fischbachau, Germany @ Bluegrass Camp Germany 2017 at Fischbachau, Germany
May 25 @ 4:00 pm – May 28 @ 2:00 pm
Greg will be teaching bluegrass banjo, Rick will be teaching flatpicking guitar and Special C alum Ashby Frank will be teaching bluegrass mandolin at this camp based in the beautiful countryside of Germany. Other instructors include[...]
Jun
1
Thu
2017
all-day Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Jun 1 – Jun 4 all-day
Greg is back to teach at this excellent banjo camp, along with some of the very best players/instructors of both bluegrass and old-time banjo styles. We are happy to welcome Dan to the faculty this[...]
May
31
Wed
2017
7:30 pm Lansing, MI @ 5-String Round Robin, Elderly Instruments
Lansing, MI @ 5-String Round Robin, Elderly Instruments
May 31 @ 7:30 pm
Greg will join banjo greats Bob Carlin, Joe Newberry and Hank Sapoznik for a “5-string Round Robin” to play songs and tunes, tell stories and have a fun pre-Midwest Banjo Camp visit with everyone. If[...]
Jun
9
Fri
2017
all-day Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Jun 9 all-day
This is a fabulous festival and we are extremely pleased to be playing here. This is Nick’s home area and he is especially looking forward to seeing family and friends at this great event.
Jun
10
Sat
2017
all-day Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Pasco, WA @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, Sacajawea State Park
Jun 10 all-day
This is a fabulous festival and we are extremely pleased to be playing here. This is Nick’s home area and he is especially looking forward to seeing family and friends at this great event.
Song Demos

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Fireball

Long I Ride

Wild Montana Skies