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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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And away we go! We are bound for several countries in Europe and can’t wait to see our friends in Holland (Netherlands), Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

We leave home October 16 and our first show is in Wadway, Netherlands on October 17, the day we arrive in Europe. Our final show will be in Switzerland on October 28. What an exciting trip this will be!


THANK YOU!!! We won TWO International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards last Thursday night!!! Squirrel Hunters won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and then our album Rivers & Roads won Album of the Year!!! What a night! Thank you to Compass Records, to our fabulous producer Alison Brown, to all of our friends who performed on the recording with us and to everyone who voted for us. Congratulations to all the nominees and to all of the other award winners.



Our new Rivers and Roads Compass Records recording is #1 on the September Bluegrass Unlimited Top 15 Albums chart. Yahoo!

We dropped in to visit our good buds the Chapmans at their store in Springfield, MO, called The Acoustic Shoppe. We had an absolute blast recording an episode of their video series The Ozark Music Shoppe – you can see it here:


Here we play Squirrel Hunters for the same episode of the show: https://www.facebook.com/john.chapman.125/posts/10215397468868427?comment_id=10215397747075382 

Wild and crazy guys!


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


Upcoming Events
7:30 pm Helmstedt, Germany @ Sankt-Christophorus-Kirche
Helmstedt, Germany @ Sankt-Christophorus-Kirche
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm
We sincerely thank our good friend Wolfram for making it possible for us to schedule this return visit. We had a great time performing here in 2016 and it will be so good to see[...]
8:00 pm Denmark @ Karens Minde Kulturhus
Denmark @ Karens Minde Kulturhus
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm
We always have a wonderful time when we play at this venue and we thank Arne and Flemming for bringing us back to Denmark whenever we come to Europe.
8:00 pm Sabro, Denmark @ Wintercoat
Sabro, Denmark @ Wintercoat
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
We had a great time here on our 2016 tour and we appreciate Niels and Disa for having us at this fantastic family-owned and operated brewery situated just outside of the village of Sabro in[...]
2:00 pm Denmark @ Kulturhus Korsor
Denmark @ Kulturhus Korsor
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm
We very much enjoyed our concert at this wonderful center in 2016 and we hope to see the friends we made at this concert.
9:00 pm Oslo, Norway @ Herr Nilsen
Oslo, Norway @ Herr Nilsen
Oct 22 @ 9:00 pm
We thoroughly enjoyed our performance at Herr Nilsen in 2016 and we look forward to seeing the friends we made then – this is a fun venue and we thank Kjetil for having us back!
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