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Special Consensus

Formed by banjoist Greg Cahill back in 1975, the Special Consensus have endured myriad personnel changes to survive for three-and-a-half decades; their music strikes a balance between the traditional and progressive schools of bluegrass. When Cahill and the Special Consensus began recording for Turquoise in 1990 (Hey, Y'all), their lineup featured guitarist Martin Marrone, bassist Dallas Wayne, and fiddler Al Murphy; by the time of 1993's Green Rolling Hills, it had been altered to include Cahill, Marrone, bassist Darren Wilcox, and mandolin players Drew Carson and Don Stiernberg. The group switched to the Pinecastle label in 1996 for Strong Enough to Bend, which featured Cahill, mandolin player Colby Maddox, fiddler Aubrey Haynie, and bassist Diana Phillips; the follow-up, 1998's Our Little Town, retained Cahill and Maddox and added guitarist Chris Walz and bassist Andrea Roberts. Pinecastle released the 25th Anniversary collection and affiliated video in 2000, followed by another full-length album, Route 10, in 2002. The Special Consensus continued recording for Pinecastle as the decade progressed, issuing Everything’s Alright in 2005, The Trail of Aching Hearts in 2007, and Signs in 2009. By the start of the 2010s, the group had undergone even more personnel changes, as always still featuring Cahill but with three new bandmembers: mandolinist Rick Faris, bassist David Thomas, and guitarist Dustin Benson. The band celebrated 35 years of bluegrass performing and recording with the release of the appropriately titled 35 collection on Compass Records in 2010. A new studio LP, Scratch Gravel Road, appeared two years later in 2012, and landed the group a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the year. Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver dropped in 2014, followed in 2016 by Long I Ride, the latter of which celebrated the band's 40th anniversary. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Scratch Gravel Road

1. Old New Straightsville Moonshine Run

2. Monroe

3. Sea Of Heartbreak

4. A Good Problem To Have

5. On My Way To The Kingdom Land

6. Mollie & Julie's Reel

7. Shoulda Took A Train

8. My Memories Of You

9. Jacklene

10. Trouble Let Me Be

11. Sunday Morning Without You

12. Scratch Gravel Road

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Track List: 35

1. Dusk 'Til Dawn

2. Used To These Old Blues

3. Danny's Dance

4. Land Up In The Air

5. That's Tennessee

6. Working On A Railroad

7. Fourteen Carat Mind

8. I Cried Myself Awake

9. I'm A Little Bit Lonely

10. Have I Loved You Too Late

11. Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight

12. Country Boy

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Track List: Everything's Alright

1. What Will Become Of Me

2. Can't Go Back

3. How Many Times

4. Two Minus One

5. The Lights Are Out (But Somebody's Home)

6. Beginner's Luck

7. Lord Show Me The Righteous Pathway

8. Everything's Alright

9. She's Walking Through My Memory

10. Old Town Ceili

11. Carolina Smokey Mountain Home

12. Today Has Been A Lonesome Day

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Track List: Route 10

1. Say You'll Stay In My Arms

2. If I Could Only Have Your Love

3. Amy And Trevor

4. Rounder's Spirit

5. This Ain't Alabama, Uncle George

6. I'll Believe The Lie

7. Bobby And Sarah

8. Come Unto Me

9. Route 10, Box 782

10. The Old Man In The Park

11. Chahill Special

12. Carolina In The Pines

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Track List: 25th Anniversary

1. A Long Time Gone

2. The Whistle's Lonesome Sound

3. Sweet Temptation

4. Lone Star

5. I'm No Stranger To The Rain

6. Walk These Blues Off My Mind

7. I Can't Sit Down

8. 32 Acres

9. Logging Camp

10. Mortgages And Dust

11. Cottonfields

12. Stormy Waters

13. Like A Train

14. Bluewater

15. Freight Train Boggie

16. Smith's Reel

17. That's Heaven To Me

18. When The Walls Come Tumblin' Down

19. Green Rolling Hills

20. Stealin' Away

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Track List: Our Little Town

1. Another Day With The Blues

2. Blue In The Blue Ridge

3. Our Little Town

4. Irish Medley (The Traveler/Green Gates)

5. Lonesome Cold Wind

6. Slow Train Through Georgia

7. Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight

8. Journey To My Savior's Side

9. Billy Boy

10. Nothin' But The Wheel

11. Strawberry Point

12. New Jerusalem

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Track List: Long I Ride

1. Long I Ride

2. Life Stories

3. Highway 40 Blues (Feat. Della Mae)

4. New Shenandoah

5. First One To Know (With Summer McMahan)

6. Fireball (Feat. Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley & Alison Brown)

7. Where The Wild River Rolls

8. Jesus Is My Rock

9. Baby I'm Blue (With Matt Combs & Buddy Spicher)

10. Time For Movin’ On

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Track List: Signs

1. Signs

2. Gone To Carolina

3. Too Late Now

4. Lonesome Lesson Learned

5. Footprints

6. Snowball Breakdown

7. I'll Go To My Grave Lovin' You

8. Talkin' Bout It Just Don't Get It Done

9. Mountain Girl

10. Leaving This Town Again

11. My Heart Breaks Again

12. What A Beautiful Day (For The Lord To Come Again)

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Track List: The Trail Of Aching Hearts

1. I'd Like To Wander Back To The Old Home

2. I'm Gonna Love You One More Time

3. Down The Trail Of Aching Hearts

4. Rich Man's Coal

5. Burns Breakdown (Instrumental)

6. The Road To You

7. Lift Your Voice In Prayer

8. Josie's Reel

9. Ten Mile Tennessee

10. Blue Skies (Instrumental)

11. The Shoe Goes On The Other Foot

12. Branded Wherever I Go

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<3Ummmm, okay! <3
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thomas.koch
You guys are great and a real influence to young players!
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Love you guys wen are coming to LA
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thomas.koch
You gotta love it. You just gotta....
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wickerman87
Josh Williams, left out of the bio!? He was there best..
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Damn!! No more faceless characterles s voices, please!!
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Incredible! If you don't tap your feet...you aren't listening!
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Love the high harmonies and TWANG!
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YEEEHHAAA love them yes God Bless them and their Music. :o))))
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Great song
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I love this music takes u back to where we came from thank you!!
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Great somg
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I have very happy ears listening to this group Banjo and Mandolin happy. My real favorite 2 instruments yes they are really good too.
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God Bless all. Jesus is Lord!
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bruceskieet
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now you've started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cause it actually works
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shirley_wint e r s
GOOD HARMONY. GREAT BLUEGRASS MUSIC,
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If this ain't country...we l l you know the rest.
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Cahill Rocks!
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Josh Williams was unfortunatel y left out in the bio. However he DID just win Guitar Player of the Year AND his band (Josh Williams Band) won Emerging Artist of the Year as well last night at the IBMA's!
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mklocal
I really like Greg Cahill and his band Special Consensus and especially his new mandolin player - Rick Faris. Cool!!
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Saw these fellers perform @ Memorial Bluegrass Fest in Kendallville , IN. They are awesome.
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These guys have one good song after another! But my favorite is "I'd Like to Wander Back".
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slapshot1894
Wow! Yet another group which is new to me! They're just great. I like all kinds of music but bluegrass is a special favorite. I'll keep listening to this group for sure!
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where's the name josh williams???? w e saw this same named group on t.v. last night, and a fantastic young man named josh williams was the lead singer.

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