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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…

Rivers And Roads is the 19th Special C recording and features songs about life’s journeys with a tip of the hat to Renaissance Man/musician/songwriter John Hartford. Band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Bobby Osborne, Becky Buller and Josh Williams on “She Took The Tennessee River;” Molly Tuttle on “Hurting Sure;” Justin Moses on “Bought And Sold;” the dancing feet of Mark Schatz on the John Hartford song “Way Down The River Road” and John Hartford, 10 String Symphony and producer Alison Brown on “Squirrel Hunters.” 

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Compass Records released our brand new video of She Took The Tennessee River and The Bluegrass Situation was so gracious to premier the video yesterday.

 

Special Consensus, "She Took the Tennessee River"

Veteran bluegrass band Special Consensus are joined by Bobby Osborne, Josh Williams (Josh Williams Band), and Becky Buller (Becky Buller Band) on the brand new video for "She Took the Tennessee River" off of their latest album, Rivers And Roads.

Posted by The Bluegrass Situation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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We will finish our current tour on Tuesday at the beautiful State Theater in Red Bluff, CA (with our friends Nu Bu). There are still tickets available – come on out if you are in the area.

 

Compass Records released our brand new video of She Took The Tennessee River and The Bluegrass Situation was so gracious to premier the video yesterday. Here is a link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/TheBluegrassSituation/videos/1770457529701987/

March 30 was “Rivers and Roads” release day! We are so happy to have the CDs in hand and we thank Compass Records for all they have done to make and promote the recording. CDs are now available from us at our performances and on our Store page on this site. Greg played Alison Brown’s Julia Belle (low tuned) Deering banjo on the John Hartford song Way Down The River Road and Deering Banjos posted the song complete with lyrics on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/deering.banjo/posts/10155694909986234. And here is a link to the photo video with lyrics for the song “Early” on FB: https://business.facebook.com/special.consensus/videos/1901498156560965/. Finally, here is the link to Justin Hiltner’s post for The Bluegrass Situation that included the tune “Squirrel Hunters”:  https:/thebluegrasssituation.com/read/special-consensus-squirrel-hunters

We had a fantastic time on Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise this year and we are happy to report that we signed up for the bluegrass cruise next year! We thank Danny Stewart for inviting us to sail on his California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 18-22, 2019. Please join us for this wonderful event – we will once again spend loads of time together playing and listening to great bluegrass music. Other bands with us on the cruise are Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Monroe Crossing and several more bands. Contact Danny Stewart: 570-721-2760 

http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com

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Upcoming Events
Jun
19
Tue
2018
6:30 pm Red Bluff, CA @ State Theater
Red Bluff, CA @ State Theater
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm
We are really looking forward to playing this double-bill concert with our friends Nu-Blu and we thank the State Theater for having us. We hope to see many of our CA friends for this fun[...]
Jul
1
Sun
2018
all-day Valparaiso, IN @ Lightning Bug Music Festival, Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Valparaiso, IN @ Lightning Bug Music Festival, Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Jul 1 all-day
This is a benefit concert/festival for the Dunes Learning Center in Chesterton, IN. We have always thoroughly enjoyed this festival in past years and are very pleased to be returning – a great music artist roster[...]
Jul
4
Wed
2018
10:00 am Winnetka, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Winnetka
Winnetka, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Winnetka
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am
We have enjoyed being in this parade numerous times and look forward to coming back this year. This is always a fun way to begin your Fourth of July celebration!     
11:30 am Glenview, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Glenview
Glenview, IL @ July 4th Parade, Downtown Glenview
Jul 4 @ 11:30 am
We always enjoy being part of this parade – it is a great way to begin your family Fourth of July celebration!
Jul
6
Fri
2018
7:00 pm Topeka, KS @ Potwin Presbyterian Church
Topeka, KS @ Potwin Presbyterian Church
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm
We always truly enjoy playing in and around Topeka and seeing longtime friends of both Special C and the Faris Family Band (Topeka is home base for Rick). Bring the whole family to spend a[...]
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