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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…

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

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We have a new supply of T-shirts. Please visit our Store page if you would like to order one of the 40th Anniversary shirts (with names of all Special C band members 1975-2015) or one of the band logo shirts.

We are very happy to be back at the great Pickin’ On The Plains Bluegrass and Folk Festival in Colby, KS. The band roster is always superb and there is plenty of “pickin’ in the campground” all weekend.

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. Here is a link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/TheBluegrassSituation/videos/1770457529701987/

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
Jul
20
Fri
2018
all-day Colby, KS @ Pickin' On The Plains, Colby Kansas Fairgrounds
Colby, KS @ Pickin' On The Plains, Colby Kansas Fairgrounds
Jul 20 all-day
This is a great festival and we had a fantastic time here in 2017 – so glad it worked out for us to come back for two days! We are really looking forward to seeing[...]
Jul
21
Sat
2018
all-day Colby, KS @ Pickin' On The Plains, Colby Kansas Fairgrounds
Colby, KS @ Pickin' On The Plains, Colby Kansas Fairgrounds
Jul 21 all-day
This is a great festival and we had a fantastic time here in 2017 – so glad it worked out for us to come back for two days! We are really looking forward to seeing[...]
Jul
27
Fri
2018
8:00 pm Drakesville, IA @ Drakesville City Park Old Soldiers and Settlers Reunion
Drakesville, IA @ Drakesville City Park Old Soldiers and Settlers Reunion
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm
We thank Lori King and the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa for helping us come to Drakesville for this fun outdoor summer family event. Open to the public and free!
Jul
28
Sat
2018
all-day Dundee,IA @ Backbone Bluegrass Festival
Dundee,IA @ Backbone Bluegrass Festival
Jul 28 all-day
This is a fun festival in the heart of Midwestern USA. Always good bands and plenty of jamming.
Jul
29
Sun
2018
4:00 pm Long Grove, IL @ Fountain Square
Long Grove, IL @ Fountain Square
Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm
We are looking forward to returning to this great setting for an outdoor bluegrass concert. We thoroughly enjoyed our previous concerts here and appreciate the Long Grove Arts & Music Council for having us back.
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