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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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We are looking forward to the Southern OH Indoor Music Festival in Wilmington on Nov 8 (thanks to Joe Mullins for having us) and our Living With A Cause Theater concert in Wheelersburg on Nov 9 – always great to be with our OH bluegrass friends!


Special C is on the first Grammy nominations ballot in four categories: Best Bluegrass Album for our “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording; Americana Roots Performance for the song “Poems, Prayers and Promises” with Jim Lauderdale on the Country Boy recording; Album Notes for David Royko’s notes on the Country Boy recording; Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for the song Wild Montana Skies with Claire Lynch on the Country Boy recording. We would appreciate any votes from our Grammy voting member friends!


WE WON TWO IBMA AWARDS!!! We are so honored and appreciative of our peers who voted for us as nominees for the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award and the Recorded Event of the Year Award. We were quite surprised (understatement) and have many people to thank – see the News page for details.

 

 

 


We are extremely pleased that our new “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” recording debuted at #4 on the huge Billboard Top Best Selling Albums Chart. Very happy about that!


The April issue of the IBMA newsletter International Bluegrass has a nice article about the new Special C recording. Here is the link to the newsletter:

http://issuu.com/ibma/docs/april_ib.


Upcoming Events
Nov
8
Sat
2014
all-day Wilmington, OH – Southern Ohio In... @ Roberts Convention Centre
Wilmington, OH – Southern Ohio In... @ Roberts Convention Centre
Nov 8 all-day
The convention center is right at I-75 and US 68 in Wilmington. We are really looking forward to this great festival – Joe Mullins always brings in excellent bands for a good show.
Nov
9
Sun
2014
7:00 pm Wheelersburg, OH @ Living With A Cause Theater
Wheelersburg, OH @ Living With A Cause Theater
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm
This will be our first time at this fine theater and we thank the Bluegrass Connection of Central Ohio folks for having us.
Nov
14
Fri
2014
all-day Harrietville, Victoria, Australia @ MountainGrass Festival
Harrietville, Victoria, Australia @ MountainGrass Festival
Nov 14 – Nov 16 all-day
We are honored to be selected as the international headline band for this relatively new but already wonderful festival. None of us have ever been to Austrailia so this will be a maiden voyage for[...]
Nov
17
Mon
2014
8:00 pm Melbourne, Victoria, Australia @ Northcote Social Club
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia @ Northcote Social Club
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm
This will be a double bill with our good friends the Davidson Brothers, an excellent, award-winning bluegrass band from Australia. It is thanks to them that we are coming over for the festival and we are[...]
Nov
22
Sat
2014
7:30 pm Frankfort, IL @ Down Home Guitars
Frankfort, IL @ Down Home Guitars
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm
Our good friends Steve and Tom continue the tradition of hosting our annual “Saturday before Thanksgiving” concert at the store – one of our very favorite venues in the whole world! Come early to check out the[...]

Song Demos

 35th Anniversary Concert Finale


Blue Skies

 Stay in My Arms


Wild Montana Skies