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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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We will appear for the first time at the great Jenny Brook festival in Tunbridge, VT on Saturday and then play a concert for our good friends in Poughkeepsie, NY on Sunday. Then we head home to rest for a few days before moving on to the Lightning Bug festival in IN. The Good Old Summertime for the Special C boys is in full swing!

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!


Upcoming Events
11:15 am Chicago @ 600 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago @ 600 W. Chicago Ave.
Jun 30 @ 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
This will be a fun summer lunch hour outdoor concert with Greg and three Special C alums. Come on out to see who will be playing Special C music in “the shade of the old[...]
all-day Valparaiso, IN @ Lightning Bug Music Festival, Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Valparaiso, IN @ Lightning Bug Music Festival, Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Jul 2 all-day
This is a benefit concert/festival for the Dunes Learning Center in Chesterton, IN. We thoroughly enjoyed this festival in past years and are very pleased to be returning – a great music artist roster and fun[...]
10:00 am Winnetka, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Winnetka
Winnetka, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Winnetka
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am
We have enjoyed being in this parade several times and look forward to coming back this year. Parade route begins at Hibbard and Winnetka Roads. This will be a fun way to begin your Fourth of July celebration!     
11:30 am Glenview, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Glenview
Glenview, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Glenview
Jul 4 @ 11:30 am
We always enjoy being part of this parade – this year it begins in front of the Glenview Community Church at Glenview Road and Elm Street and it is a great way to begin your family Fourth of[...]
all-day Centre Hall, PA @ Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, Grange Park
Centre Hall, PA @ Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, Grange Park
Jul 6 all-day
This will be our first appearance at this fine festival that our friends of the Remington Ryde band started 10 years ago. We really appreciate them asking us to come celebrate this banner year with[...]
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