Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Special C has appeared in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984.
Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music. He was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Other band members include guitarist Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks, and Nick Dumas, mandolin.
The band’s 2012 release, Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.
Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver, received two major IBMA awards in 2014: Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for Thank God I’m A Country Boy and Recorded Event of the Year for Wild Montana Skies.
Special C’s 18th recording, Long I Ride, was nominated by the IBMA in 2016 for three awards and was awarded Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for Fireball.
Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, received five 2018 IBMA nominations and was honored to be awarded Album of the Year. The single Squirrel Hunters was named Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.
Special Consensus records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2019.