• The Bluegrass Ramble TV Special

    It's not often that we see much in the way of televised bluegrass programming, much less broadcast in High Definition. If you live in central Ohio, and don't mind staying up late on Saturday evenings, you'll be able to catch some

  • 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

  • IBMA prez on Jerry Springer

    Word had reached us about a banjo player being featured in a number of recent episodes of The Jerry Springer Show - the notorious "reality TV" show based in Chicago. The banjo picking was intended not as a performance, but

  • 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

  • A cold, frosty mug of Special C

    Tonight is a special night for Greg Cahill and the guys in Special Consensus. When they perform tonight at The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI they will not only throw down some solid bluegrass for the listening audience, they'll also be

  • 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

  • Greg Cahill checks in

    We heard yesterday from Greg Cahill, banjo player and road manager with the well-traveled Special Consensus - and in his spare time, President and Chair of the IBMA Board of Directors. Greg has long been out in front when it comes

  • 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

  • Greg Cahill on WorldwideBluegrass.com

    If you tune in (log on) to WorldWideBluegrass.com at 6:00 p.m. EDT this evening (7/31), you can hear an interview with Greg Cahill, banjo player with Special Consensus, and Board Chair for the IBMA. He will join WWB host Uncle

  • 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