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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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New flash: Want to hear the John Hartford song on our soon-to-be-released (March 30) Compass Records recording? Greg played Alison Brown’s Julia Belle (low tuned) Deering banjo on the song (and then ordered one) and Deering Banjos posted the song complete with lyrics on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/deering.banjo/posts/10155694909986234.

We are off to play at Craftsman House in St. Petersburg, FL on Friday Mar 16 and at the great Withlachoochee River Bluegrass Festival in Dunnellon, FL on Saturday Mar 17. A great way to spend the St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

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 


Greg and Rick will be teaching at Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2018 – Greg teaching banjo and Rick teaching guitar in addition to elective sessions and plenty of jamming. Special C alum Ashby Frank will be teaching mandolin, Alan Munde and Rudiger Helbig teaching banjo and Phil Ledbetter teaching dobro. Other teachers from Germany will also teach classes, including Heidi Helbig teaching vocals. Check out this great camp at www.bluegrasscampgermany.com to sign up!


Upcoming Events
all-day Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Banjo Camp, Cerveny Conference Center
Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Banjo Camp, Cerveny Conference Center
Mar 22 – Mar 25 all-day
Greg will be teaching bluegrass banjo at this great camp that includes both bluegrass and old-time banjo instruction March 22 through March 25. Other instructors include Alan Munde, Scott Anderson, Wes Corbett, Gina Clowes, Bill[...]
8:00 pm Johnson City, TN @ The Down Home
Johnson City, TN @ The Down Home
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Always a good time at The Down Home and we look forward to seeing our Johnson City and Knoxville friends!
9:00 pm Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
Apr 14 @ 9:00 pm
We always have a great time at the “World Famous Station Inn”! One of our very favorite places to play – and one never knows who might drop in to sing a song or play[...]
8:00 pm Bloomingdale, GA @ Randy Wood Guitars
Bloomingdale, GA @ Randy Wood Guitars
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
We always thoroughly enjoy playing here – and visiting with Randy and friends. A great intimate music room and we hope to see many of our GA friends here.
7:00 pm Bushnell, FL @ Hollow Point Farm
Bushnell, FL @ Hollow Point Farm
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm
This is a fantastic place to hear bluegrass music up close and acoustically – it’s the home of Bruce and Jody Watson, longtime supporters of the music who open their home for concerts to help[...]
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