• Friday and Saturday at Charlotte

    Friday dawned sunny and warm for an ideal bluegrass festival day at the 2016 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival in Charlotte, MI. A group of young siblings calling themselves Sugar Creek Bluegrass opened the show. They range in age from seven to

  • Long I Ride from Special C

    Special Consensus has a long and storied history in bluegrass music. The Chicago-based outfit, headed by founding banjoist Greg Cahill, has been recording and touring worldwide for 41 years. We spoke recently with Greg about the band, and their new album,

  • Palatka Bluegrass Festival – February 2016

    The 12th February Palatka Bluegrass festival opened Thursday at the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch. Florida band Penny Creek opened the show. Greg Cahill brought Special Consensus to the stage. Special C is in its 41st year of touring and always brings top notch music

  • New look for Special C

    Special Consensus rolled out of their big 40th Anniversary Reunion concert in Chicago over the weekend with some big news for Special C fans. Current guitarist and vocalist, Dustin Benson, will be departing the group after their November 7 show at

  • Dustin Benson exits Special C

    Dustin Benson, guitarist/vocalist with Special Consensus, has announced that he will be leaving the group after November 7. The Alabama native has spent the past four and a half years touring with Special C, during which time he visited Europe three

  • Photos from Parade of Stars 2015

    The 19th annual Parade of Stars was presented by the city of Auburn Hills, Michigan on Saturday, September 12. The show was kicked off by Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos. The Grascals were next up. Greg Cahill brought Special

  • Bean Blossom 2015 – Day 6

    Daniel Mullins will be reporting from the 2015 Bean Blossom Festival all week, as Internet service in the campground allows. Check back each day for his reports and photos. The remainder of his reports will be after the fact. The sixth day of

  • Welcome Elijah Benson!

    Another bluegrass baby! Dustin and Emmy Lou Benson are celebrating the birth of their second child, Elijah Scott. He made his appearance yesterday (3/10) at 9:14 a.m. (CDT), weighing in at 7 lbs 11 oz, and stretching to 21.5'' long. Dustin is the

  • Country Boy banjo tabs from Greg Cahill

    Greg Cahill has announced the availability of a book of banjo tab transcriptions that match the most recent Special Consensus album, Country Boy - A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver. The book contains tablature for all of the banjo played on

  • Special C heading back west

    Here’s the final report from Greg Cahill, who has just finished up a tour in Ireland with Special Consensus. We played at a wonderful music festival in Sixmilebridge, Ireland, last Sunday - a festival we play every time we come over here. It