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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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Greg will once again join the faculty at Bluegrass Camp Germany this week (May 5-8) teaching banjo. This is a great camp with workshops on all bluegrass instruments and singing with a fabulous faculty that includes Alan Munde, Steve Thomas, Phil Ledbetter, Jesse Cobb, Steve Kaufman, Rudiger Helbig, Tom Bodenmann, Heidi Helbig, and Philip Bradatsch.
Greg will return home just in time to join the band for our annual appearance at the fabulous Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO May 10-11.


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.


Here is a link to us playing Long I Ride (title song of our new recording) in the Compass Records studio: https://youtu.be/7lsIpL6yyVQ


We have a new Special C recording! It is called Long I Ride, which is a great song written by band alum Robbie Fulks and it is for sale as mp3 download tracks on the Compass Records web site (www.compassrecords.com). You can listen to clips of all the songs here: http://compassrecords.com/album.php?id=1100. We will have hard copies soon!

 

 


We had the privilege of playing some music for some of the youngsters at Valley Children’s Hospital while on tour in California last week. Here is a link: http://video.valleypbs.org/video/2365653160/


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Upcoming Events
May
5
Thu
2016
4:00 pm Munich, Germany @ Bluegrass Camp Germany 2014 at Fischbachau, Germany
Munich, Germany @ Bluegrass Camp Germany 2014 at Fischbachau, Germany
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – May 8 @ 2:00 pm
Greg will be teaching bluegrass banjo at this camp based in the beautiful countryside of Germany. Other instructors include camp founder Rudiger Helbig (5-string banjo), Alan Munde (5-string banjo), Tom Bodemann (5-string banjo), Phil Ledbetter (dobro), Jesse[...]
May
10
Tue
2016
all-day Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
May 10 all-day
Silver Dollar City is one of our absolute favorite places to play and we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so annually for many years. We look forward to seeing all our[...]
May
11
Wed
2016
all-day Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
May 11 all-day
Silver Dollar City is one of our absolute favorite places to play and we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so annually for many years. We look forward to seeing all our[...]
May
13
Fri
2016
12:30 pm Charlton, MA @ Banjo Camp North, Prindle Pond Conference Center
Charlton, MA @ Banjo Camp North, Prindle Pond Conference Center
May 13 @ 12:30 pm – May 15 @ 3:00 pm
Greg is a banjo instructor at this fabulous music camp. Highly recommended for players at all levels.
May
28
Sat
2016
all-day Kendallville, IN @ Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds
Kendallville, IN @ Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds
May 28 all-day
The Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association has presented this festival for 40 years and they have supported bringing bluegrass music to students/young people in many ways over the years. We always thoroughly enjoy this festival and[...]
Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 I'll Go To My Grave


Wild Montana Skies