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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 are home for the holidays after a wonderful year of touring throughout the USA and Canada and Australia, seeing old friends and making many new friends. Our new Compass Records recording Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver won two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards and continues to receive airplay (thank you bluegrass DJs!). We considering a “facelift” for or retirement of our tour vehicle Snowball and we are resting up for our bi-annual tour of Ireland and the UK. Thanks to all the great people who continue to support Special C – we appreciate you!

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 Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Valparaiso, IN @ Front Porch Music
Jan 3 @ 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.    www.frontporchmusic.com       219/464-4700
3:00 pm Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Lombard, IL @ Maple Street Chapel
Jan 4 @ 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.               www.folk.maplestreetchapel.org           www.maplestreetchapel.org
8:00 pm Clonmel, Ireland @ Raheen House Hotel
Clonmel, Ireland @ Raheen House Hotel
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm
Greg’s neighbors in Oak Lawn, IL are from this tiny village and we are looking forward to seeing their home town.
8:00 pm Armagh, N. Ireland, UK @ Marketplace Theatre
Armagh, N. Ireland, UK @ Marketplace Theatre
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm
Always a joy to play at this classy venue – we look forward to seeing all our friends from the area once again.
8:00 pm Headford, Ireland @ Campbell's Tavern
Headford, Ireland @ Campbell's Tavern
Jan 11 @ 8:00 pm
This looks like one fun place – looking forward to our first time here.

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale

Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms

Wild Montana Skies