Special Consensus add new member
Thursday, May 24, 2007
– Special Consensus announced the addition of mandolin player Ashby Frank to the band. Frank will first appear with the group at Bill Monroe's Music Park in Bean Blossom, Ind. on June 13th. Frank replaces mandolin player Ron Spears, who joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Special Consensus' Greg Cahill said Ashby, who has previously played with Marty Raybon and Alecia Nugent, "is a great lead and baritone singer and an unbelievable mandolin player. We have rehearsed already and the trios sound fantastic with the young voices. To be honest, I think we will be very strong and not lose a beat because Ashby is such an excellent mandolin player in addition to being a good singer."
Special Consensus released "The Trail Of Aching Hearts" on May 15 on Pinecastle.
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