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Special Consensus preps for 35th anniversary

Friday, December 18, 2009 – 2010 marks the 35th Anniversary for Greg Cahill's Special Consensus bluegrass band. The group is in the studio recording six new tracks featuring two new members, Rick Faris and Ryan Roberts.

The rest of the album will be comprised of songs recorded throughout their 35-year history. The album will be released in the second quarter of 2010.

The 35th Celebration will culminate with a special concert at the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago on Oct. 23 2010. Special Consensus alumni will attend and perform.

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Nearly four decades after forming Chicago-based Special Consensus in 1975, banjo player Greg Cahill and his outfit continue to build on a reputation for solid, dependable traditional bluegrass through a catalog of 16 recordings. A lot of superb musicians have passed through the band over the years - Cahill is the sole remaining original member - and two of them (Chris Jones and Josh Williams) return for guest appearances on "Scratch Gravel Road." Compass chief Alison Brown (who also »»»
Signs CD review - Signs
While most band leaders would attempt to find new members to fit in with a certain sound that makes the band unique, Greg Cahill has continually brought new talent into the Special Consensus fold to give his band a fresh approach to bluegrass with each new album. This has helped Special C remain at the top of its game for more than 30 years. Banjoist/founder Cahill and five-year veteran guitarist Justin Carbone are joined by mandolinist Ashby Frank and bassist David Thomas. »»»
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Concert Review: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts – Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
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