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TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS for Best Bluegrass Album
2012 Scratch Gravel Road & 2018 Rivers And Roads

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…

Rivers And Roads is the 19th Special C recording and features songs about life’s journeys with a tip of the hat to Renaissance Man/musician/songwriter John Hartford. Band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Bobby Osborne, Becky Buller and Josh Williams on “She Took The Tennessee River;” Molly Tuttle on “Hurting Sure;” Justin Moses on “Bought And Sold;” the dancing feet of Mark Schatz on the John Hartford song “Way Down The River Road” and John Hartford, 10 String Symphony and producer Alison Brown on “Squirrel Hunters.” 

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Compass Records released our brand new video of She Took The Tennessee River and The Bluegrass Situation was so gracious to premier the video yesterday.


Special Consensus, "She Took the Tennessee River"

Veteran bluegrass band Special Consensus are joined by Bobby Osborne, Josh Williams (Josh Williams Band), and Becky Buller (Becky Buller Band) on the brand new video for "She Took the Tennessee River" off of their latest album, Rivers And Roads.

Posted by The Bluegrass Situation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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After a fabulous “Blizzard Bluegrass Weekend” in North Dakota we will depart for our bi-annual tour of Ireland-UK on Tuesday Jan 15. We always have a wonderful time seeing the many friends we have made over so many years of completing these tours. We will fly from Dublin to Los Angeles on Feb 9 to attend the GRAMMY Awards Show on Feb 10. Very exciting times for Special C!

We are honored and over the moon ecstatic to report that Rivers And Roads is nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY. Thanks to all of our Special C friends/fans for all the support over the years, to the Recording Academy members who voted for us, to the DJs who play our music and thanks to our wonderful producer and friend Alison Brown and Compass Records for believing in us. One more ballot on the horizon…

Rivers And Roads remains at #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited “Top 15 Bluegrass Albums” chart in January! It has been on the chart for 7 months and #1 for 5 consecutive months. She Took the Tennessee River moved up to #2 and Way Down the River Road is #7 on the Songs chart.


THANK YOU!!! We won TWO International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards last Thursday night!!! Squirrel Hunters won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and then our album Rivers & Roads won Album of the Year!!! What a night! Thank you to Compass Records, to our fabulous producer Alison Brown, to all of our friends who performed on the recording with us and to everyone who voted for us. Congratulations to all the nominees and to all of the other award winners.




Upcoming Events
8:30 pm Strandhill, Ireland @ Hawks Well Theatre
Strandhill, Ireland @ Hawks Well Theatre
Jan 21 @ 8:30 pm
We have played in Sligo many times – most enjoyable people who love music and having fun! This is a great venue.
8:00 pm Cookstown, N. Ireland, UK @ Red Room
Cookstown, N. Ireland, UK @ Red Room
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
This is a very cool down home venue and we look forward to being here again – great folks!
8:30 pm Westport, Ireland @ Matt Molloy's
Westport, Ireland @ Matt Molloy's
Jan 23 @ 8:30 pm
What a great treat to play in this renowned pub owned by the fabulous Matt Molloy, flute player for the Chieftans.
8:30 pm Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland @ The Beehive
Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland @ The Beehive
Jan 24 @ 8:30 pm
We are looking forward to playing at this renowned venue in beautiful County Donegal.
8:00 pm Letterkenny, Ireland @ Regional Cultural Centre
Letterkenny, Ireland @ Regional Cultural Centre
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
This is a beautiful theater and we are very much looking forward to playing this venue again.
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