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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 have a great tour ahead that begins this week and will bring us to cities in CA, OR and NV. We had a wonderful time playing in WI this past week but must say the CA warmth will be very appreciated! Please check our schedule and come on out to one of the 10 shows we will be playing, beginning on Thursday (January 18) at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA.

We are very excited to be going on another bluegrass cruise! It has been many years since we last sailed with our fans and we thank Danny Stewart for inviting us to sail on his California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 25 to March 1, 2018. Please join us for this fantastic event – we will spend loads of time together playing and listening to great bluegrass music. Other bands with us on the cruise are Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Monroe Crossing, Edgar Loudermilk and Jerry Butler & Kipper Stitt. Contact Danny Stewart: 570-721-2760 

http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com

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.

Greg and Rick will be teaching at Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2018 – 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!

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.

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Upcoming Events
Jan
19
Fri
2018
8:00 pm Pleasanton, CA @ The Firehouse Arts Center
Pleasanton, CA @ The Firehouse Arts Center
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm
We thoroughly enjoyed our past performances in this classic theater and we appreciate having the opportunity to return – a great venue to see/hear live music.
Jan
20
Sat
2018
8:00 pm Pistol River, OR @ Pistol River Friendship Hall
Pistol River, OR @ Pistol River Friendship Hall
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
This is an old favorite on our “favorite places to play” list. We first came here in the 1990s and were welcomed by a wonderful community and we always look forward to coming back for[...]
Jan
21
Sun
2018
5:00 pm Alameda, CA @ Barefoot Quales House Concert
Alameda, CA @ Barefoot Quales House Concert
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm
We met this wonderful family at the Walker Creek Bluegrass Camp – so musical and just a fine family. We truly appreciate them for bringing us to their home for a concert (and some picking[...]
Jan
23
Tue
2018
7:00 pm Morgan Hill, CA @ Susan Rife House Concert
Morgan Hill, CA @ Susan Rife House Concert
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm
Thanks to Barbara for finding Susan to host this concert – we had a great time with Barbara in 2016 but she is moving so Susan graciously offered us the opportunity to “pick in the[...]
Jan
24
Wed
2018
7:00 pm Atascadero, CA @ Last Stage West
Atascadero, CA @ Last Stage West
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm
We can’t thank our good friend Julio Boysenberry enough for sponsoring this concert! We look forward to seeing our friends from the area and the possibility of playing a tune or two with surprise guests.[...]
Song Demos

Wild Montana Skies

Long I Ride

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Fireball