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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

SCRATCH GRAVEL ROAD Scratch Gravel Road is the 16th recording released by Special C. This is a “special” recording because most of the songs were given to the band by top Nashville songwriters, including Dixie and Tom T. Hall, Tim Stafford and Jon Weisberger, Brink Brinkman and Tony Rackley, Craig Market, Becky Buller and even Harley Allen and Herb Ford. The recording features the current band lineup of founder Greg Cahill, David Thomas, Rick Faris and Dustin Benson. The somewhat “epic” song about Bill Monroe, called “Monroe’s Doctrine,” includes guest vocal appearances by Special C alums Josh Williams and Chris Jones along with the fabulous fiddling of Stuart Duncan.

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We are heading to Santa Claus, IN to perform as part of the Red, White and Bluegrass celebration on Saturday. This will be a fun family festival at the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Park, where we play from 11:00am to 12:30pm.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum capital campaign is 2/3 of the way to realizing the goal of raising $14.5 million for the new International Bluegrass Music Center in Owensboro, KY. The new museum facility in the center will have much more space, more exhibits, indoor and outdoor concert space and many additional new features. Please support the museum at  www.bluegrassmuseum.org.

Holy cow – Special C has final IBMA award nominations from our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording!!! 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:


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