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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…
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Mark S. Tucker

COUNTRY BOY: A BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER is the 17th Special C recording. In addition to featuring the wonderful songs of John Denver, band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dustin Benson and Dan Eubanks were joined by numerous bluegrass luminaries that include Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Jim Lauderdale, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan, Buddy Spicher, Rhonda Vincent and Alison Brown. “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” performed as an instrumental with the twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Michael Cleveland and the twin banjo of Alison Brown, received the 2014 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. “Wild Montana Skies,” performed with guest vocalist Claire Lynch and dobro player Rob Ickes, received the 2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award.

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Here are two new Special C videos, courtesy of Compass Records. This one is of us playing the tune Fireball with Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown as we played it on our new Long I Ride recording (complete with twin banjos using Keith tuners and twin mandolins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgjF1jSHXbM&feature=share&app=desktop.
And here is the new Long I Ride trailer about the project and the band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixR7-uRaKXk. We hope you enjoy both!


Greg will appear with Bob Carlin, Joe Newberry and Ken Perlman for a “Banjos Live!” concert at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI on June 1 at 7:30pm. All of these banjo players are faculty members of Midwest Banjo Camp, which begins June 2 at the Olivet College Campus in Olivet, MI (www.midwestbanjocamp.com). To view this concert on Concert Window, go to http://www.elderly.com/calendar/bjo-concert/.


Would any of our friends come to Bluegrass Camp Germany in May 2017 if all of us Special C boys were on the faculty? Greg has taught banjo at this great camp for 3 years and they are interested in bringing the entire band over but they need to hear from mandolin and bass students to make it work financially. Other faculty members include Alan Munde and Rudiger Helbig (banjo), Phil Ledbetter (dobro) and Steve Thomas (fiddle). 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!


We are looking forward to returning to the very enjoyable Kendallville, IN Bluegrass Festival sponsored by our friends of the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association – this is a great family festival – on Memorial Day weekend. And then we head to the fantastic Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival in Ontario, CA on June 10 and continue on a mini-tour that will bring us to Culver City and National City, CA and end with a concert in Las Vegas. What a great way to start the summer festival season!


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.


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Upcoming Events
May
28
Sat
2016
all-day Kendallville, IN @ Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds
Kendallville, IN @ Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds
May 28 all-day
The Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association has presented this festival for 40 years and they have supported bringing bluegrass music to students/young people in many ways over the years. We always thoroughly enjoy this festival and[...]
May
29
Sun
2016
all-day Kendallville, IN @ Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds
Kendallville, IN @ Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds
May 29 all-day
The Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association has presented this festival for 40 years and they have supported bringing bluegrass music to students/young people in many ways over the years. We always thoroughly enjoy this festival and[...]
Jun
2
Thu
2016
all-day Olivet, MI @ Olivet College Campus-Midwest Banjo Camp
Olivet, MI @ Olivet College Campus-Midwest Banjo Camp
Jun 2 – Jun 5 all-day
Greg is back to teach at this excellent banjo camp, along with some of the very best players/instructors in the land. This is a wonderful weekend of “banjo immersion.”
Jun
5
Sun
2016
all-day Niles, MI @ Niles Family Fun Fair and Bluegrass / Americana Music Festival.
Niles, MI @ Niles Family Fun Fair and Bluegrass / Americana Music Festival.
Jun 5 all-day
Our annual appearance at this fun family festival – and it’s FREE. We always enjoy seeing so many friends here and great bands are featured on all three days of the fest.  www.facebook.com/nilesfamilyfest
Jun
10
Fri
2016
all-day Ontario, CA @ Huck Finn Jubilee, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
Ontario, CA @ Huck Finn Jubilee, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
Jun 10 all-day
This is a fabulous festival and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to return this year. Always a stellar artist roster, plenty of jamming opportunities and kids activities.
Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 I'll Go To My Grave


Wild Montana Skies