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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…

LONG I RIDE is the 18th Special C recording and features songs from current band members, band alums Robbie Fulks, Justin Carbone and Ron Spears and songwriter/friends of the band. The subtle theme relates to the 40 year band anniversary in 2015 and band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Della Mae on “Highway 40 Blues,” Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and producer Alison Brown on a “fiery” instrumental version of “Fireball” and Summer McMahan on “First One To Know.”

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We will be playing a concert in Lakeside, OH on Thursday, Aug 25 – a wonderful quaint town that we have not visited for many years. Then back in Chicago for an outdoor lunchtime concert (11:45am-1:15pm) at 600 W. Chicago Ave. (Chicago and Larabee) on Friday. A short week for the Special C boys!

We are so honored to have three nominations on the final IBMA Awards ballot! Both Highway 40 Blues, which we recorded with our good friends Della Mae, and Fireball, which included phenominal playing by our friends Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown (our producer), are nominated for Recorded Event of the Year. Both selections appear on our new Compass Records release Long I Ride. Fireball was also nominated for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year – it has received over 100,000 views on Facebook!
We thank all of our peers and IBMA Member fans for voting us onto the final ballot and hope y’all will now vote for us just one more time.

Hal Leonard Corporation has just released a banjo tablature book titled “First 50 Songs You Should Play On Banjo” featuring 25 clawhammer banjo arrangements by Michael Miles and 25 three-finger (bluegrass) style arrangements by Greg Cahill. The bluegrass arrangements include a variety that spans traditional tunes like “Old Joe Clark” and “Cripple Creek” to standards like “All of Me” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” The book sells for $15 and is available at all Special C appearances and will soon be included on the Store page of this site.

Just confirmed: we’ll be sailing on Danny Stewart’s California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 25-March 1, 2018. See our news page for details. This will be a fantastic event!
Danny Stewart 570-721-2760 http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com/

Would any of our friends come to Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2017 if all of us Special C boys were on the faculty? We will all be offering instruction on our respective instruments in addition to band workshops that will cover songwriting and arranging, playing solos and playing behind other instruments and singers, playing and singing harmony parts, bluegrass harmony singing, etc. Check out this great camp at www.bluegrasscampgermany.com to sign up!

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Upcoming Events
Sep
2
Fri
2016
all-day Curryville, MO @ Back 40 Bluegrass Festival
Curryville, MO @ Back 40 Bluegrass Festival
Sep 2 all-day
We had a great time when we last played this festival and look forward to another fun festival experience!
Sep
3
Sat
2016
all-day Ferndale, WA @ Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival, Hovander Homestead Park
Ferndale, WA @ Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival, Hovander Homestead Park
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day
We are so pleased to have been invited to perform at this great first annual festival. The location is beautiful and perfect for a family bluegrass fest!
Sep
4
Sun
2016
all-day Ferndale, WA @ Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival, Hovander Homestead Park
Ferndale, WA @ Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival, Hovander Homestead Park
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day
We are so pleased to have been invited to perform at this great first annual festival. The location is beautiful and perfect for a family bluegrass fest!
Sep
9
Fri
2016
7:30 pm Lockport, IL @ Brashler Barn
Lockport, IL @ Brashler Barn
Sep 9 @ 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 had a fabulous time performing here in 2015 and look forward to returning[...]
Sep
10
Sat
2016
all-day Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills B... @ Civic Center Park
Auburn Hills, MI – Auburn Hills B... @ Civic Center Park
Sep 10 all-day
We can’t believe it has been 20 years since we first hosted this fun, family-friendly festival and we sincerely thank Brian Marzolf for keeping the festival alive and growing for so many years. Please come[...]
Song Demos

Fireball

Long I Ride

Wild Montana Skies

 I’ll Go To My Grave