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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

COUNTRY BOY: A BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER is the 17th Special C recording. In addition to featuring the wonderful songs of John Denver, band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dustin Benson and Dan Eubanks were joined by numerous bluegrass luminaries that include Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Jim Lauderdale, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan, Buddy Spicher, Rhonda Vincent and Alison Brown. “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” performed as an instrumental with the twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Michael Cleveland and the twin banjo of Alison Brown, received the 2014 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. “Wild Montana Skies,” performed with guest vocalist Claire Lynch and dobro player Rob Ickes, received the 2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award.

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Registration is now open for Walker Creek Music Camp, where we are all teaching (banjo, rhythm guitar, vocals, bass) and performing as Special C throughout the week of October 8-11. This is a great camp with notable faculty members in sunny California – big fun!

We are looking forward to returning to the great River Valley Bluegrass Jamboree in Ontario, Canada, this week, and we thank Tony for having us back. We hope to see many of our Canadian friends when we play Wed-Fri. Lots of jamming.


Greg Cahill and Russell Sawler have released a book of banjo tablature for all the banjo solos and backup on the Special C Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver Compass Records release. See the News page for details.

We had a great time at our shows at The Down Home in Johnson City on March 6 and at the “World Famous” Station Inn in Nashville (which sold out) on March 7. Our friend Juli Thanki wrote a fantastic article on the band that appeared on the cover page of the The Tennessean Entertainment section on Friday:  http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/03/06/special-consensus-celebrates-years-play-station-inn/24380303/.

We have recently downsized to a Sprinter van and are selling our mini-bus Snowball; it has been a “good ride” for many years. Photos and details are posted on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events
7:00 pm Lindstrom, MN @ Lions Park - Harmony In The Park
Lindstrom, MN @ Lions Park - Harmony In The Park
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This will be an outdoor concert in a very nice setting on a nice sunny and warm summer evening – a great place to bring the family to relax and enjoy the season. OK, we can’t guarantee the[...]
all-day Hebron, CT @ Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival at Hebron Fairgrounds
Hebron, CT @ Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival at Hebron Fairgrounds
Aug 7 all-day
We thank Roger for making this a “special” show for us by bringing some “surprise guest” Special C alums to join us during our set in celebration of the milestone 40 year Special C anniversary.[...]
7:30 pm Herndon, VA – Holy Cross Lutheran... @ Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Herndon, VA – Holy Cross Lutheran... @ Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm
We thank our friend Bob Thompson for bringing us back to this fine concert series and we look forward to seeing our VA friends.
all-day Lafarge, WI @ Larryfest
Lafarge, WI @ Larryfest
Aug 15 all-day
Larryfest is always a great time – variety of great music, plenty of jamming in the campground and loads of fun for all.
4:00 pm Long Grove, IL – Fountain Square @ Fountain Square
Long Grove, IL – Fountain Square @ Fountain Square
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm
We are looking forward to returning to this great setting for an outdoor bluegrass concert. We thoroughly enjoyed our previous concerts here and appreciate the Long Grove Arts & Music Council for having us back.

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies