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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

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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We are looking forward to our “Tennessee weekend” when we will return to two of our favorite places to play: The Down Home in Johnson City on March 6 and the “World Famous” Station Inn in Nashville on March 7. Y’all come, please!

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.

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. 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:


Upcoming Events
9:00 pm Johnson City, TN @ The Down Home
Johnson City, TN @ The Down Home
Mar 6 @ 9:00 pm
Always a good time at The Down Home!
9:00 pm Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Mar 7 @ 9:00 pm
This legendary institution is definitely on our “all-time most favorite places to play” list. We have been playing the Inn for about 30 years!
7:00 pm Chicago, IL @ Siamsa na nGael Concert at Symphony Center
Chicago, IL @ Siamsa na nGael Concert at Symphony Center
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm
We are very honored to be included in this prestigious annual fundraiser for Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. The program features world-class Celtic entertainment that includes a full symphony orchestra, 100-voice Old St. Patrick’s choir,[...]
7:00 pm Franklin, TN @ Music City Roots at The Factory at Franklin
Franklin, TN @ Music City Roots at The Factory at Franklin
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm
This is a Class-A show and we are honored to be invited back for our second appearance on the show, hosted by our good friend and renowned singer/songwriter/musician extraordinaire Jim Lauderdale.
all-day Purvis, MS @ Lamar County Bluegrass Festival
Purvis, MS @ Lamar County Bluegrass Festival
Mar 13 all-day
This will be our first time at this fine festival – many of our friends have played here and they have only great things to say about the fest.

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies