The Special Consensus

THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that began performing in the Midwest in the spring of 1975.
The first band album was released in 1979 when the band began touring on a national basis. In 1984, The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. The band has since appeared on The Nashville Network “Fire On The Mountain” show, toured for three seasons as 4/5 of the cast in the musical Cotton Patch Gospel (music and lyrics by Harry Chapin), and released seventeen additional recordings. In 2000, Pinecastle Records released the first band performance video, filmed for Iowa Public Television’s “Old Time Country Music” show, and The Special Consensus 25th Anniversary recording to mark this milestone year for the band. The band has been featured in cover stories of the renowned bluegrass publication Bluegrass Unlimited in 1998, 2005, 2010 and 2015. In November 2003, International tours have brought The Special Consensus to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland, South America and Australia. In 1993, the band performed the first of many concerts with a symphony orchestra, complete with orchestral arrangements of songs from the band repertoire. The sixteenth band recording “Scratch Gravel Road” was released by Compass Records in March, 2012 and was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY Award. Compass Records released the seventeenth band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” in March, 2014. Two songs on this recording received IBMA awards in 2014: “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” (Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award) and “Wild Montana Skies” (Recorded Event of the Year Award). In March, 2016 Compass Records released the eighteenth Special C recording “Long I Ride” and the tune “Fireball” (with guests Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown) received the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. The nineteenth band recording “Rivers And Roads” was released by Compass Records in March, 2018.



TE 33002 The Special Consensus - Special Consensus Bluegrass Band album art Special Consensus* Special Consensus Bluegrass Band(LP, Album) Tin Ear Records (2) TE 33002 US 1979 Sell This Version
AR 33009 The Special Consensus - Blue Northerns album art Special Consensus Bluegrass Band* Blue Northerns(LP, Album) Acoustic Revival Records AR 33009 US 1983 Sell This Version
TR-5056 The Special Consensus - Freight Train Boogie album art The Special Consensus Freight Train Boogie(LP, Album) Turquoise Records TR-5056 US 1986 Sell This Version
TR-5066 The Special Consensus - A Hole In My Heart album art The Special Consensus A Hole In My Heart(LP, Album) Turquoise Records TR-5066 US 1989 Sell This Version
TR-CD-5076 The Special Consensus - Hey, Y'All album art The Special Consensus Hey, Y'All(CD, Album) Turquoise Records TR-CD-5076 US 1991 Sell This Version
TRCS-5089, TR-CS-5089 The Special Consensus - Green Rolling Hills album art The Special Consensus Green Rolling Hills(Cass, Album) Turquoise Records, Turquoise Records TRCS-5089, TR-CS-5089 US 1993 Sell This Version
PRC 1057 The Special Consensus - Strong Enough To Bend album art Special Consensus* Strong Enough To Bend(CD, Album) Pinecastle Records PRC 1057 US 1996 Sell This Version
PRC 1083 The Special Consensus - Our Little Town album art Special Consensus* Our Little Town(CD, Album) Pinecastle Records PRC 1083 US 1998 Sell This Version
PRC 1101, PRC 1101 CD Special Consensus* 25th Anniversary(CD, Album) Pinecastle, Pinecastle PRC 1101, PRC 1101 CD US 2000 Sell This Version
PRC 1123, PRC-1123 The Special Consensus - Route 10 album art Special Consensus* Route 10(CDr, Album) Pinecastle Records, Pinecastle Records PRC 1123, PRC-1123 US 2002 Sell This Version
PRC 1142 The Special Consensus - Everything's Alright album art Special Consensus* Everything's Alright(CD, Album) Pinecastle PRC 1142 US 2005 Sell This Version
PRC 1156 The Special Consensus - The Trail Of Aching Hearts album art Special Consensus* The Trail Of Aching Hearts(CD, Album) Pinecastle PRC 1156 US 2007 Sell This Version
PRC1169 The Special Consensus - Signs album art The Special Consensus Signs(CD, Album) Pinecastle Records PRC1169 US 2008 Sell This Version
7 4541 2 The Special Consensus - 35 album art The Special Consensus 35(CD, Album, RP) Compass Records 7 4541 2 US 2011 Sell This Version
7 4573 2 The Special Consensus - Scratch Gravel Road album art Special Consensus* Scratch Gravel Road(CD, Album) Compass Records 7 4573 2 US 2012 Sell This Version
7 4627 2 The Special Consensus - Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver album art Special Consensus* & Friends* Special Consensus* & Friends* - Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver(CD, Album) Compass Records 7 4627 2 US 2014 Sell This Version
7 4668 2 The Special Consensus - Long I Ride album art Special Consensus* Long I Ride(CD, Album) Compass Records 7 4668 2 US 2016 Sell This Version
The Special Consensus - Rivers And Roads album art Special Consensus* Rivers And Roads (Album) Compass Records US 2018 Sell This Version


STR-CD-1001 The Special Consensus - Roads & Rails album art The Special Consensus Roads & Rails(CD) Shy Town Records STR-CD-1001 US 1995 Sell This Version