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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 are really looking forward to our performance at the Bluegrass on Main Street festival in Newark, OH on Saturday – great festival. Then we head to Raleigh, NC for the annual IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference, where we will attend seminars, meet with our friends/peers, various promoters/presenters and our wonderful booking person Maria Nadauld, play a few shows on Wednesday evening and attend the Awards Show on Thursday evening. We will complete the week as we fly to GA to play at the fabulous Great Southern Music Festival Fri-Sat in Ochlocknee, GA. Fantastic week!

We are so honored to have three nominations on the final IBMA Awards ballot! Both Highway 40 Blues, which we recorded with our good friends Della Mae, and Fireball, which included phenominal playing by our friends Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown (our producer), are nominated for Recorded Event of the Year. Both selections appear on our new Compass Records release Long I Ride. Fireball was also nominated for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year – it has received over 100,000 views on Facebook!
We thank all of our peers and IBMA Member fans for voting us onto the final ballot and hope y’all will now vote for us just one more time.

Hal Leonard Corporation has just released a banjo tablature book titled “First 50 Songs You Should Play On Banjo” featuring 25 clawhammer banjo arrangements by Michael Miles and 25 three-finger (bluegrass) style arrangements by Greg Cahill. The bluegrass arrangements include a variety that spans traditional tunes like “Old Joe Clark” and “Cripple Creek” to standards like “All of Me” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” The book sells for $15 and is available at all Special C appearances and will soon be included on the Store page of this site.

Just confirmed: we’ll be sailing on Danny Stewart’s California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 25-March 1, 2018. See our news page for details. This will be a fantastic event!
Danny Stewart 570-721-2760 http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com/

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!

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Upcoming Events
Sep
24
Sat
2016
all-day Newark, OH @ Bluegrass on Main Street
Newark, OH @ Bluegrass on Main Street
Sep 24 all-day
This is a really cool bluegrass festival that is set in downtown Newark. Streets are closed off and there are plenty of food trucks and craft brewers for all to enjoy while listening to some[...]
Sep
27
Tue
2016
12:00 pm Raleigh, NC @ IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference
Raleigh, NC @ IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 11:30 pm
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[...]
Sep
30
Fri
2016
all-day Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival
Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival
Sep 30 all-day
We played this festival in 2015 and had a wonderful time – looking forward to being back!
Oct
1
Sat
2016
all-day Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival
Ochlocknee, GA @ Great Southern Music Festival
Oct 1 all-day
We played this festival in 2015 and had a wonderful time – looking forward to being back!
Oct
7
Fri
2016
all-day Hatteras Village, NC @ Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival, Hatteras Village Civic Center
Hatteras Village, NC @ Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival, Hatteras Village Civic Center
Oct 7 all-day
We have never played this great festival and we will be there for two days, Friday-Saturday. Always so good to see our NC friends!
Song Demos

Long I Ride

Fireball

Wild Montana Skies

 I’ll Go To My Grave