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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’re moving a bit slower than planned with the new recording but very excited about the songs we have tracked thus far. Our great friend Alison Brown is an absolutely superb producer! We’re playing at the “World Famous” Station Inn in Nashville tonight (Saturday) and then heading back into the Compass Records studio Mon-Thu before heading to the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, VA on Fri and the American Legion Hall in Culpeper, VA on Sat (thanks to our good friend Johnny Wilson). What another fantastic week for the Special C boys!

We are very excited to be going on another bluegrass cruise! It has been many years since we last sailed with our fans and we thank Danny Stewart for inviting us to sail on his California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 25 to March 1, 2018. Please join us for this fantastic event – we will spend loads of time together playing and listening to great bluegrass music. Other bands with us on the cruise are Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Monroe Crossing, Edgar Loudermilk and Jerry Butler & Kipper Stitt. Contact Danny Stewart: 570-721-2760 


WE WON AN IBMA AWARD! We are so honored to have won the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for Fireball, which included phenominal playing by our friends Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and our producer Alison Brown. The tune appears on our new Compass Records release “Long I Ride.” We sincerely thank all of our peers and IBMA Member fans for voting for us.

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!

Our old friend Eddie Collins wrote a very nice article about our 40th Anniversary concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music last October for Banjo Newsletter. Here is the link: https://banjonews.com/2016-05/special_consensus_40th_anniversary.html.


Upcoming Events
8:00 pm Harrisonburg, VA @ Court Square Theater
Harrisonburg, VA @ Court Square Theater
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
We look forward to playing in this great music venue again – we had a fantastic time when we were there in 2016!
7:00 pm Culpeper, VA @ American Legion Post 330
Culpeper, VA @ American Legion Post 330
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm
Our great friend Johnny Wilson and his fellow American Legion members made the arrangements to host this concert and we are looking forward to seeing all of our friends from the area. Tickets can be[...]
7:00 pm Tolleson, AZ @ Barbara's Place
Tolleson, AZ @ Barbara's Place
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm
We are delighted to have the opportunity to play a concert at Rick’s Aunt Barbara’s Place – we don’t get to Arizona very often. The venue can seat up to 100 people and we look[...]
all-day Phoenix, AZ @ Porter Wood Barn Bluegrass Festival
Phoenix, AZ @ Porter Wood Barn Bluegrass Festival
Nov 4 all-day
This will actually be the second annul festival and we are really looking forward to being here. Thomas is a great musician and there will be plenty of good picking as well as mighty fine[...]
7:00 pm Albuquerque, NM @ Covenant Presbyterian Church
Albuquerque, NM @ Covenant Presbyterian Church
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm
We always thoroughly enjoy our shows with our good friends of the Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association (Southwest Pickers). This church is a mighty fine venue for acoustic music and we look forward to[...]
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