We had a wonderful tour throughout Europe in May. The Buhl festival was a huge event – we enjoyed playing with all the fine bands from over there in addition to our friends Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Valeris Smith and Liberty Pike. Our German friends Guntmar and Anja arranged for two shows, made us excellent dinners and shared their home with us. John and Rita brought the band back to Bavaria, where we stayed in their inn dating back to the 1400s (Mozart stayed in the room Dustin slept in). Our friend Dan Dorschel generously lodged and fed us in Denmark and Arne and Fleming arranged for several shows there (and helped us tremendously with planning travel). Michael and Niles were very good to us as well. Kjetil and Are were superb hosts for our shows in Norway. Didier shared local cuisine and the beautiful town of La Roche with us in France before and after our show and old friend Paolo made sure we were most comfortable at the Willisau, Switzerland festival – where we again played with many great European bands and Valerie Smith. We look forward to coming back to Europe in the next year or two to see all of the many friends we have made over the years.
The November 2010 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited features a cover story about Greg and The Special C in celebration of the 35 year anniversary of the formation of the band. We are honored and very excited to be the cover story! The band has previously appeared on the cover of BU in May 1993 and August 2005. Read the story here:
We have been notified that The Special C Signs recording is officially designated an “International Top 10″ recording by The International Association of Independent Recording Artists:
The International Association of Independent Recording Artists, IAIRA, recognizes and honors artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in sound recording by monitoring chart activity as published in various reporting charts from around the world. According to our research, on 08/13/2010 the above referenced release; Signs, by Special Consensus, had attainedThe Number 1 Position on at least one of the charts monitored and verified by IAIRA. On the basis of that research, IAIRA has qualified the aforementioned release as eligible for Certification as anInternational Number 1.
On behalf of the entire IAIRA staff and the Recording Arts Community at
large, please accept our most sincere Congratulations and Best Wishes for your continued success!
Oh Happy Day – Scratch Gravel Road is GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album! We are honored. A good article in the Chicago Tribune. chicagotribune.com
Scratch Gravel Road received a Highlight Review in Bluegrass Unlimited (Jul 2012). See News and Reviews pages!
Greg received the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award at the annual IBMA World of Bluegrass event in Nashville in 2011.
The Special C is the Bluegrass Unlimited cover story for the November 2010 issue – yahoo! http://bluegrassmusic.com.
Greg is the Banjo Newsletter featured artist/cover story interview for the August 2010 issue.
The cover photo and cover story interview for the international banjo publication Banjo Newsletter features our own Greg Cahill for the August 2010 issue. Greg has been featured on the cover two other times – once in the 1980s and once in the 1990s – and we are very happy to see him have this honor again in the new millenium. He has also been a contributing interviewer for the publication for many years.