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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 so pleased to be returning to the family-oriented New Year’s Eve event First Night Evanston (IL). This non-alcoholic event includes a variety of performances for adults and kids from 7pm-midnight in seven downtown Evanston venues (in walking distance proximity to each other) featuring music, dance, magic, comedy (Second City), poetry and even a teen band contest. Visit www.firstnightevanston.org for details and www.eventbrite.com for wristbands (for entrance to all venues) and come join us for a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration.

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
Dec
31
Sun
2017
10:00 pm Evanston, IL @ First Night Evanston, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Evanston, IL @ First Night Evanston, First Congregational United Church of Christ
Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm
We are so pleased to be returning to the family-oriented New Year’s Eve event First Night Evanston. This non-alcoholic event includes a variety of performances for adults and kids from 7pm-midnight in seven downtown Evanston[...]
Jan
6
Sat
2018
8:00 pm Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Our annual concert at this intimate venue; we’ll do our “no snow” dance well in advance! Only one night this year so be sure to get tickets in advance to guarantee seating.
Jan
7
Sun
2018
3:00 pm Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Jan 7 @ 3:00 pm
Our first IL concert of the year – every year – in this beautiful historical venue. We so appreciate being included in the Maple Street Concerts series and we always appreciate seeing our “bluegrass family” of[...]
Jan
13
Sat
2018
8:00 pm Wausau, WI @ Shoulder To Shoulder
Wausau, WI @ Shoulder To Shoulder
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
We have played this concert series several times over the years and look forward to this return engagement. Always great to see our WI friends at the beginning of the New Year!
Jan
14
Sun
2018
3:00 pm Viroqua, WI @ Historic Temple Theatre
Viroqua, WI @ Historic Temple Theatre
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm
We have played at nearby Larryfest many times but never in this fabulous venue. We are really looking forward to a fun matinee show on a wintery January afternoon and we look forward to giving[...]
Song Demos

Fireball

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Wild Montana Skies

Long I Ride