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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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Stay tuned for details about the Special C 40th Anniversary/Reunion Concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago on October 24! We are thoroughly enjoying our tour of Ireland and the UK – we now only have 3 shows remaining of the 19 concurrent shows scheduled. Great to see so many friends over here! We’ll be home Wednesday and off to PA and VA on Friday for shows next weekend.

WE WON TWO IBMA AWARDS!!! We are so honored and appreciative of our peers who voted for us as nominees for the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award and the Recorded Event of the Year Award. We were quite surprised (understatement) and have many people to thank – see the News page for details.

We are extremely pleased that our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording debuted at #4 on the huge Billboard Top Best Selling Albums Chart. Very happy about that!

The April issue of the IBMA newsletter International Bluegrass has a nice article about the new Special C recording. Here is the link to the newsletter:


Here is a link to an article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 25, the release date for our new Compass Records recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver”:   http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-special-consensus-review-20140324,0,2564143.story.

Upcoming Events
8:00 pm Banteer, Ireland @ Banteer Theatre
Banteer, Ireland @ Banteer Theatre
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
We enjoyed our performance here in 2013 and look forward to our return appearance.
8:00 pm Kilworth, Ireland @ Village Arts Centre
Kilworth, Ireland @ Village Arts Centre
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm
Always a treat to spend time with our longtime friend John Nyhan and the venue is perfect for bluegrass music – a very old church restored as a concert venue.
8:00 pm Listowell, Ireland @ St. John's Theatre
Listowell, Ireland @ St. John's Theatre
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
THanks to our friend Joe Murphy for always including St. John’s on our bi-annual tours – a mighty fine venue!
7:00 pm York, PA @ Goodwill Fire Company
York, PA @ Goodwill Fire Company
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm
This concert series is sponsored by the Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association (SMBA) and we thank them for having us back – it has been quite a few years since our last appearance as part of[...]
7:00 pm Herndon, VA @ Frying Pan Farm Park
Herndon, VA @ Frying Pan Farm Park
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
We have enjoyed playing outdoor concerts here in the summertime and look forward to our first indoor winter concert in the park.

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies