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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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International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards nominations open now – we appreciate any support our friends can give us!

We are looking forward to returning to Fredonia, NY on Fri Apr 27 – it has been many years since our last performance here and we look forward to playing at the beautiful Fredonia Opera House. On Sat Apr 28 we play at the fabulous Charm City Bluegrass Festival in Baltimore, MD. A fun weekend for the Special C boys! 

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

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 here: http://www.bluegrasscampgermany.com/

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Upcoming Events
Apr
27
Fri
2018
7:30 pm Fredonia, NY @ 1891 Fredonia Opera House
Fredonia, NY @ 1891 Fredonia Opera House
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm
It has been many years since our last performance in Fredonia and we are very much looking forward to this return visit. The restorede opera house is beautiful!
Apr
28
Sat
2018
all-day Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Bluegrass Festival, Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Bluegrass Festival, Druid Hill Park
Apr 28 all-day
We are looking forward to our first appearance at this great festival.
May
3
Thu
2018
all-day Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
May 3 all-day
Silver Dollar City is one of our absolute favorite places to play and we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so annually for many years. We look forward to seeing all our[...]
May
4
Fri
2018
all-day Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
Branson, MO @ Silver Dollar City
May 4 all-day
Silver Dollar City is one of our absolute favorite places to play and we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so annually for many years. We look forward to seeing all our[...]
May
5
Sat
2018
8:30 pm Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
Berwyn, IL @ FitzGerald's
May 5 @ 8:30 pm
Please join us for another FitzGerald’s double-bill concert with our great friends The Henhouse Prowlers! This is guaranteed to be a fun evening as we share stories and play bluegrass music. Each band will play[...]
Song Demos

Long I Ride

Wild Montana Skies

Fireball

 I’ll Go To My Grave