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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 wish all of our friends in the world of bluegrass music a very enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Safe travels to all – we will spend the holiday with our families and we look forward to seeing many of you at a bluegrass festival sometime this summer/fall!

We are looking forward to our return to the Tallgrass Music Festival in Skiatook, OK June 1-2. It has been a few years since our last appearance at this fun festival and it is a great event for the entire family.

March 30 was “Rivers and Roads” release day! We are so happy to have the CDs in hand and we thank Compass Records for all they have done to make and promote the recording. CDs are now available from us at our performances and on our Store page on this site. Greg played Alison Brown’s Julia Belle (low tuned) Deering banjo on the John Hartford song Way Down The River Road and Deering Banjos posted the song complete with lyrics on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/deering.banjo/posts/10155694909986234. And here is a link to the photo video with lyrics for the song “Early” on FB: https://business.facebook.com/special.consensus/videos/1901498156560965/. Finally, here is the link to Justin Hiltner’s post for The Bluegrass Situation that included the tune “Squirrel Hunters”:  https:/thebluegrasssituation.com/read/special-consensus-squirrel-hunters

We had a fantastic time on Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise this year and we are happy to report that we signed up for the bluegrass cruise next year! We thank Danny Stewart for inviting us to sail on his California Bluegrass Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Baja, Mexico February 18-22, 2019. Please join us for this wonderful event – we will once again spend loads of time together playing and listening to great bluegrass music. Other bands with us on the cruise are Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Monroe Crossing and several more bands. Contact Danny Stewart: 570-721-2760 

http://www.dannystewartsbluegrasscruise.com

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Upcoming Events
Jun
1
Fri
2018
all-day Skiatook, OK @ Tallgrass Music Festival
Skiatook, OK @ Tallgrass Music Festival
Jun 1 all-day
It has been many years since our last performance at this fun festival – great artist roster and lots of jamming throughout the weekend.
Jun
2
Sat
2018
all-day Skiatook, OK @ Tallgrass Music Festival
Skiatook, OK @ Tallgrass Music Festival
Jun 2 all-day
It has been many years since our last performance at this fun festival – great artist roster and lots of jamming throughout the weekend.
Jun
5
Tue
2018
all-day Pigeon Forge, TN @ Dollywood BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Pigeon Forge, TN @ Dollywood BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Jun 5 all-day
We have not been back to Dollywood since 2015 – this is a great festival and we appreciate being included – y’all come!
Jun
7
Thu
2018
all-day Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Olivet, MI @ Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet College Campus
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day
Greg is back to teach banjo and Dan to teach bass at this excellent banjo camp, along with some of the very best players/instructors of both bluegrass and old-time banjo styles. This is a wonderful[...]
Jun
6
Wed
2018
7:30 pm Lansing, MI @ Elderly Instruments
Lansing, MI @ Elderly Instruments
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm
Greg will join banjo greats Alan Munde, Michael Miles and Ken Perlman for a “5-string Round Robin” to play songs and tunes, tell stories and have a fun pre-Midwest Banjo Camp visit with everyone. If[...]
Song Demos

 I’ll Go To My Grave

Long I Ride

Fireball

Wild Montana Skies