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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’ll be playing a long set in the gazebo at Kracklauer Park in Mundelein, IL at 5pm Sunday. Bring the whole family out for a relaxing Sunday evening!

We are so honored to see Special C on the second IBMA awards ballot in many categories: Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year, Goepel Recorded Performance of the Year, Dan for Bass Player of the Year, Rick for Guitar Player of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year and Greg for Banjo Player of the Year. Truly honored!

We just posted two new Special C videos below, courtesy of Compass Records. One is of us playing Long I Ride, the title song of our new recording, and the other is of us playing Fireball with Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown as we played it on the new recording (complete with twin banjos using Keith tuners and twin mandolins). The new Long I Ride trailer about the project and the band is posted on the Press Kit page of this site. We hope you enjoy!

Would any of our friends come to Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2017 if all of us Special C boys were on the faculty? We will all be offering instruction on our respective instruments in addition to band workshops that will cover songwriting and arranging, playing solos and playing behind other instruments and singers, playing and singing harmony parts, bluegrass harmony singing, etc. Check out this great camp at www.bluegrasscampgermany.com to sign up!

Our old friend Eddie Collins wrote a very nice article about our 40th Anniversary concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music last October for Banjo Newsletter. Here is the link: https://banjonews.com/2016-05/special_consensus_40th_anniversary.html.


Upcoming Events
all-day Maryville, TN @ Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, Maryville College
Maryville, TN @ Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, Maryville College
Jun 19 – Jun 24 all-day
Greg will be teaching bluegrass banjo at Steve’s kamp for the first time. It is always a great learning week and he is proud to be included on the excellent faculty of very well known[...]
5:00 pm Woodstock, IL @ Private event
Woodstock, IL @ Private event
Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm
This is a private event, not open to the general public. Sorry!
5:00 pm Mundelein, IL @ Village of Mundelein
Mundelein, IL @ Village of Mundelein
Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm
We always enjoy our outdoor concerts in Mundelein – come on out and bring a picnic basket for “dinner on the ground” with the whole family!
all-day Wylie, TX @ Bluegrass on Ballard
Wylie, TX @ Bluegrass on Ballard
Jul 2 all-day
This is our first time at this great festival and we always appreciate working with our good friend Alan Tompkins, who continues to grow bluegrass music in Texas with his Bluegrass Heritage festivals and concerts.
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!     
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Wild Montana Skies

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