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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 getting into “cruise mode” before heading out on Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise on Feb 25 by playing a concert with our good friends Jeff Scroggins and Colorado at Shutts Fabricators in Long Beach, CA on Feb 24 (beginning at 6:00pm). We sincerely thank the Southwest Bluegrass Association for sponsoring this show and look forward to seeing many of our CA friends.

We are very excited to be going on a bluegrass cruise next week! 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!

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Upcoming Events
Feb
24
Sat
2018
6:00 pm Long Beach, CA @ Southwest Bluegrass Association at Shutts Fabricators
Long Beach, CA @ Southwest Bluegrass Association at Shutts Fabricators
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
This will be a really fun show on the evening before we depart on Danny Stuart’s cruise to Baja. Icing on the cake is that the Jeff Scroggins band will also play a set. What[...]
Feb
25
Sun
2018
12:00 pm Bluegrass Cruise @ California Bluegrass Cruise
Bluegrass Cruise @ California Bluegrass Cruise
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm
We’re going on a cruise! It has been years since we last participated in a bluegrass cruise and we are so pleased that Danny Stewart has invited us to be part of his 2018 cruise[...]
Mar
2
Fri
2018
all-day Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Mar 2 all-day
This is a fabulous bluegrass festival that we always thoroughly enjoy playing – perfect location, great artist roster and family friendly environment. Come on out!
Mar
3
Sat
2018
all-day Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Lake Havasu City, AZ @ Bluegrass on the Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4
Mar 3 all-day
This is a fabulous bluegrass festival that we always thoroughly enjoy playing – perfect location, great artist roster and family friendly environment. Come on out!
Mar
16
Fri
2018
7:00 pm St. Petersburg, FL @ Craftsman House
St. Petersburg, FL @ Craftsman House
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
We played this venue in 2017 and we had a great time! We are looking forward to another fun evening and we of course thank Jeff for having us back. We look forward to seeing[...]
Song Demos

Fireball

Wild Montana Skies

Long I Ride

 I’ll Go To My Grave