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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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We’ll have fun “laboring” this weekend as we return to the great New Richmond Bluegrass Festival in Canada Fri-Sat and then head to Maine for our first time at the renowned Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival on Sunday. Wow.


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!


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
Sep
4
Fri
2015
all-day New Richmond, Quebec, Canada – Ne... @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival-Gaspesian British Heritage Village
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada – Ne... @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival-Gaspesian British Heritage Village
Sep 4 all-day
We had a fantastic time at this festival in 2013 and look forward to this return visit. Great band lineup and lots of picking all over the grounds.
Sep
5
Sat
2015
all-day New Richmond, Quebec, Canada – Ne... @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival-Gaspesian British Heritage Village
New Richmond, Quebec, Canada – Ne... @ New Richmond Bluegrass Festival-Gaspesian British Heritage Village
Sep 5 all-day
We had a fantastic time at this festival in 2013 and look forward to this return visit. Great band lineup and lots of picking all over the grounds.
Sep
6
Sun
2015
all-day Brunswick, ME @ Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
Brunswick, ME @ Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
Sep 6 all-day
We are truly looking forward to being at this festival for the first time – we have wanted to play this festival for years.
Sep
11
Fri
2015
7:30 pm Lockport, IL @ Brashler Barn
Lockport, IL @ Brashler Barn
Sep 11 @ 7:30 pm
Mike and Lois Brashler have done a magnificent job of refurbishing this old barn, making it a first class concert venue. We are looking forward to our first performance at this classy new venue for[...]
Sep
12
Sat
2015
all-day Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills B... @ Civic Center Park
Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills B... @ Civic Center Park
Sep 12 all-day
Our annual appearance as host band at this fun, family-friendly festival.

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms


Wild Montana Skies