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TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS for Best Bluegrass Album
2012 Scratch Gravel Road & 2018 Rivers And Roads

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…

Rivers And Roads is the 19th Special C recording and features songs about life’s journeys with a tip of the hat to Renaissance Man/musician/songwriter John Hartford. Band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Bobby Osborne, Becky Buller and Josh Williams on “She Took The Tennessee River;” Molly Tuttle on “Hurting Sure;” Justin Moses on “Bought And Sold;” the dancing feet of Mark Schatz on the John Hartford song “Way Down The River Road” and John Hartford, 10 String Symphony and producer Alison Brown on “Squirrel Hunters.” 

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Compass Records released our brand new video of She Took The Tennessee River and The Bluegrass Situation was so gracious to premier the video yesterday.


Special Consensus, "She Took the Tennessee River"

Veteran bluegrass band Special Consensus are joined by Bobby Osborne, Josh Williams (Josh Williams Band), and Becky Buller (Becky Buller Band) on the brand new video for "She Took the Tennessee River" off of their latest album, Rivers And Roads.

Posted by The Bluegrass Situation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Latest News

We are back at a favorite WI venue for us – Three Lakes Center for the Arts – on Aug 16 and then return to the fabulous Larryfest in LaFarge, WI on Aug 17. We will also return to the friendly and quaint Lakeside Chatauqua community for a concert in Hoover Auditorium on Aug 21 and we will play for the first time at Hey Nonny, a popular and great venue in Arlington Heights, on Aug 23. We greatly appreciate the support of our friends/fans!

Rick has a brand new single released today (Mar 29) that is the title of his forthcoming recording “Breaking In Lonesome” on the Dark Shadow Recording label. Featuring Rick originals with A-team musicians, including Special C members on two tracks. https://mailchi.mp/dc9f7578ad62/rick-faris-new-single-breaking-in-lonesome

Dan has a new independently released project out called “Look What The City’s Done” featuring some Dan originals and great musicians that include current and former Special C members. Available now for download on all the streaming outlets and a disc should be available at our next Station Inn show April 13!


Upcoming Events
8:15 pm Lakeside, OH @ Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chataqua
Lakeside, OH @ Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chataqua
Aug 21 @ 8:15 pm
We have always enjoyed our concerts in this great venue in a very quaint town. 
all-day Curryville, MO @ Back 40 Bluegrass Festival
Curryville, MO @ Back 40 Bluegrass Festival
Aug 30 all-day
We have a great time every time we play this festival and look forward to another fun festival experience!
all-day Brunswick, ME @ Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
Brunswick, ME @ Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
Aug 31 all-day
We are truly looking forward to being back at this great festival – we have not played here since 2015!
all-day Pilesgrove, NJ @ Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Pilesgrove, NJ @ Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Sep 1 all-day
We have wanted to play at this legendary festival for many years – and we were almost booked several times but our schedule did not match with the dates offered. We are so pleased to[...]
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