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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 are back in the Compass Records studio in Nashville, TN this week to hopefully finish a new recording (to be released Feb-Mar 2018). And we always look forward to our annual “Saturday Before Thanksgiving” concert at Down Home Guitars in Frankfort, IL – it truly has become like a family gathering!

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 

http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com

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.

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Upcoming Events
Dec
1
Fri
2017
12:00 pm Nashville, TN @ Nashville Banjo Camp
Nashville, TN @ Nashville Banjo Camp
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm
Greg will be teaching at this fabulous banjo camp for the second time, along with banjo greats Charlie Cushman. There are only 15 slots available so be sure to register early to guarantee your place.
9:00 pm Nashville, TN @ "Route 10 Band" at The Station Inn
Nashville, TN @ "Route 10 Band" at The Station Inn
Dec 1 @ 9:00 pm
This is a first-ever “Route 10 Band” reunion concert featuring the Special C configuration of Josh Williams on mandolin, Tim Dishman on bass, Jamie Clifton on guitar and Greg Cahill on banjo – this was[...]
Dec
6
Wed
2017
8:00 pm Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
This is the perfect intimate setting to hear bluegrass music – a classy venue with great atmosphere and friendly staff. Come for dinner – an excellent menu – and stay for a day or two[...]
Dec
7
Thu
2017
8:00 pm Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Fish Creek, WI @ White Gull Inn
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
This is the perfect intimate setting to hear bluegrass music – a classy venue with great atmosphere and friendly staff. Come for dinner – an excellent menu – and stay for a day or two[...]
Dec
8
Fri
2017
8:00 pm Madison, WI @ The Brink
Madison, WI @ The Brink
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
We thank the Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Association for once again hosting a concert for us. We always enjoy our shows with the association folks and The Brink is a super classy place for a concert[...]
Song Demos

Fireball

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Wild Montana Skies

Long I Ride