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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…

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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We are off to Raleigh, NC from MT for the annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass event, where we are a showcase band for many performances, playing a song on the Awards Show (and we are nominated for 5 awards) and participating in workshops for our respective instruments. “On the road again…”

Our new Rivers and Roads Compass Records recording is #1 on the September Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Albums chart. Yahoo!

We dropped in to visit our good buds the Chapmans at their store in Springfield, MO, called The Acoustic Shoppe. We had an absolute blast recording an episode of their video series The Ozark Music Shoppe – you can see it here:


Here we play Squirrel Hunters for the same episode of the show: https://www.facebook.com/john.chapman.125/posts/10215397468868427?comment_id=10215397747075382 

Wild and crazy guys!


We are so honored to have received five IBMA Award nominations from our Compass Records release Rivers and Roads. The nominations are for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (Travelin’ Shoes), Album of the Year (Rivers and Roads), Song of the Year (Way Down the River Road), Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (Squirrel Hunters) and Recorded Event of the Year (She Took the Tennessee River). We sincerely thank all who voted for us and would greatly appreciate their voting support on the final round ballots. The July 25 award nominations program is available for viewing on the International Bluegrass Music Association Facebook Live page.

March 30 was “Rivers and Roads” release day! We are so happy to have the CDs in hand and we thank Compass Records for all they have done to make and promote the recording. CDs are now available from us at our performances and on our Store page on this site. Greg played Alison Brown’s Julia Belle (low tuned) Deering banjo on the John Hartford song Way Down The River Road and Deering Banjos posted the song complete with lyrics on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/deering.banjo/posts/10155694909986234. And here is a link to the photo video with lyrics for the song “Early” on FB: https://business.facebook.com/special.consensus/videos/1901498156560965/. Finally, here is the link to Justin Hiltner’s post for The Bluegrass Situation that included the tune “Squirrel Hunters”:  https:/thebluegrasssituation.com/read/special-consensus-squirrel-hunters


Upcoming Events
all-day Raleigh, NC @ IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference
Raleigh, NC @ IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference
Sep 25 – Sep 30 all-day
The International Bluegrass Music Association hosts the annual World of Bluegrass event in downtown Raleigh, NC. The Business Conference includes many seminars, workshops, showcase performances and general networking and the weekend festival is a fundraiser[...]
all-day Normal, IL @ Old Tyme Heritage Bluegrass Festival
Normal, IL @ Old Tyme Heritage Bluegrass Festival
Oct 6 all-day
We thank Nathan Gates for initiating this festival since several IL festivals have gone away over the past several years. We hope all of the bluegrass community will embrace this new fest and we look[...]
9:00 pm Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Oct 13 @ 9:00 pm
We always have a great time at the “World Famous Station Inn”! One of our very favorite places to play – and one never knows who might drop in to sing a song or play[...]
8:00 pm Wadway, Netherlands @ Partycentrum 'De Vriendschap'
Wadway, Netherlands @ Partycentrum 'De Vriendschap'
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
Loek has been a good friend for many years and he always offers to have us play in Wadway whenever we are touring in Europe. It will be wonderful to see all of our friends[...]
7:30 pm Helmstedt, Germany @ Sankt-Christophorus-Kirche
Helmstedt, Germany @ Sankt-Christophorus-Kirche
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm
We sincerely thank our good friend Wolfram for making it possible for us to schedule this return visit. We had a great time performing here in 2016 and it will be so good to see[...]
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