• 48 hours!

    Special Consensus mandolinist Ashby Frank has agreed to send us updates and photos from their current tour of Britain and Ireland. Ashby is unsure how much web access he will have during the tour, but promises to send his musings

  • Special C crossing the pond

    Special Consensus is leaving today for a three week tour of Britain and Ireland, with shows scheduled in Ireland, England and Scotland. Special C mandolinist Ashby Frank has agreed to send us updates and photos from the tour as best he

  • Signs from Special Consensus

    We heard this morning from Ashby Frank, mandolinist with Special Consensus, with some further details about the band's next release. He says that they have only recently finished recording (at Brent Truitt's studio in Nashville) with guest appearances by Tim Crouch

  • Ashby Frank – hometown hero

    Who says you can't go home again? Special Consensus mandolinist Ashby Frank is profiled in his hometown paper, The Lexington Dispatch, in Davidson County, NC. Ashby was raised in nearby Tyro, and is given the hero's welcome in the this lengthy

  • Rashby Frincent in Houston

    We received an interesting correspondence last night from Ashby Frank, mandolinist with Special Consensus. He had just gotten a call from Rhonda Vincent asking if he might be able to fill her spot on stage this week, as she is at

  • Bluegrass impressionists

    Ashby Frank is a talented musician who, despite his youth, has already been a part of several notable ensembles. At 24 years old, Ashby - who is the current mandolinist with Special Consensus - has toured with Marty Raybon, Alecia

  • Nash-Mash follow-up

    Brance posted on Tuesday about the special Station Inn performance this week by Mashville Brigade and friends. The band was initially formed late in '06 by Ashby Frank and a number of other hot young pickers when Frank was living in

  • Mashville Brigade & Friends

    For many years now the legend of the Sidemen has lived on even though the group no longer performs at Nashville's Station Inn. In recent months, a new group of sidemen have come together to fill the void. They call themselves

  • Ashby Frank to Special Consensus

    We just heard from Greg Cahill, founder and fearless leader of Special Consensus. Greg tells us that Ashby Frank has been hired as mandolinist and vocalist with the band, taking the spot to be vacated when Ron Spears departs to join