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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 happy to report that our Track-by-Track interview with Kyle Cantrell on his Bluegrass Junction Sirius/XM Radio show in May will be aired again on Dec 7 (11am EST), Dec 8 (9pm EST) and Dec 11 (11am EST). We always enjoy our visits with Kyle and this show featured our Long I Ride recording. Our great producer/guest banjo player/friend/Compass Records owner Alison Brown joined us in the studio. We were also sent a link to the segment we performed with our friend Bob Mitchell on his “Best of Bluegrass” show in Louisville last month:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/59130676/Special%20C%20seg%20for%20dropbox.mp3. Dec seems to be our month to “radio boogie.”

We are looking forward to playing shows in the concert room at the shop of our good friend Peter Seman – Seman Violins – in Skokie, IL on Saturday Dec 10 and at The Brink in Madison, WI for our friends in the Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association on Sunday Dec 11. These will be our last shows in 2016. Happy Holidays to all!

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.

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
Dec
10
Sat
2016
8:00 pm Skokie, IL @ Seman Violins
Skokie, IL @ Seman Violins
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
Peter Seman is a great fiddle player and a superb luthier who builds class-A violins. He has filled in as a Special C boy on occasion over the years and we are excited about playing[...]
Dec
11
Sun
2016
7:00 pm Madison, WI @ The Brink
Madison, WI @ The Brink
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm
We thanks the Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Association for once again hosting a concert for us. We always enjoy our shows with the association folks and The Brink is a super classy place for a concert[...]
Jan
7
Sat
2017
8:00 pm Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Jan 7 @ 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
8
Sun
2017
3:00 pm Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Jan 8 @ 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 Chapel Concert Series and always appreciate seeing our “bluegrass family” of[...]
Jan
12
Thu
2017
8:30 pm Dun Laoghaire, Ireland @ Pavilion Theatre
Dun Laoghaire, Ireland @ Pavilion Theatre
Jan 12 @ 8:30 pm
This will be our first time at this beautiful theater – a great way to begin the 2017 tour!
Song Demos

Wild Montana Skies

Long I Ride

Fireball

 I’ll Go To My Grave