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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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Special C is on the first Grammy ballot in the American Roots Music Field for American Roots Performance (Highway 40 Blues and Fireball) and Bluegrass Album (Long I Ride). There are many fabulous releases/artists on the initial ballot and we are honored to be included and we would certainly appreciate the consideration of our voting member friends.

We’re heading back to Europe for a wonderful tour that will begin in Germany on Oct 29 and also bring us to Switzerland, Brussels, Holland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden and end with a concert in Prague with our great friend and fabulous singer Kathy Chiavola on Nov 10. Then we head directly to Florida to see our friends at the Swampfest Bluegrass Festival on Nov 12, sponsored by the great South Florida Bluegrass Association. “On the road again…”

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.

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!


Upcoming Events
8:00 pm Kaufbeuren, Germany @ Kolpinghaus
Kaufbeuren, Germany @ Kolpinghaus
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
We sincerely thank Frank Rickal for bringing us to this ancient historic city in Bavaria. He is a very well known promoter in Europe and we are looking forward to playing at Kolpinghaus.
5:00 pm Liestal, Switzerland @ Kulturhotel Guggenheim
Liestal, Switzerland @ Kulturhotel Guggenheim
Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm
This will be a most enjoyable evening because we are playing with the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and celebrating our good friend Paolo’s birthday as well. Looking forward to seeing our Swiss friends.
9:00 pm Brussels, Belgium @ Toogenblik
Brussels, Belgium @ Toogenblik
Oct 31 @ 9:00 pm
We played here in 2013 and we thank Thierry for having us back – a most enjoyable evening with our friends in Belgium.
8:00 pm Fuldabruck, Germany @ Wuerzhaus Soehreof
Fuldabruck, Germany @ Wuerzhaus Soehreof
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm
We are looking forward to being at this venue and in this town for the first time. Thanks to our friend Rolf for finding this for us.
9:00 pm Wadway, Netherlands @ Partycentrum 'De Vriendschap'
Wadway, Netherlands @ Partycentrum 'De Vriendschap'
Nov 2 @ 9:00 pm
Loek has been a good friends for many years and he always offers to have us play in Wadway whenever we are touring in Europe. It will be wonderful to see all of our friends[...]
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