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Rivers and Roads
Special C tips the hat to John Hartford with their19th band recording, one that includes his song Way Down The River Road and his playing on Squirrel Hunters. This record features guest appearances by Bobby Osborne, Molly Tuttle, Becky Buller,10 String Symphony, Justin Moses, Josh Williams, Mark Schatz and producer Alison Brown. Compass Records.
Long I Ride
Long I Ride celebrates Special Consensus’ 40th anniversary as a band with an engaging set of songs and guest collaborations that includes bluegrass favorites Della Mae, Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, Summer McMahan, Buddy Spicher, Matt Combs and Alison Brown. Compass Records.
Country Boy – A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver
Special Consensus and Friends pay tribute to John Denver on 10 of his popular songs. With Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Jim Lauderdale, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan, Buddy Spicher, Rhonda Vincent and Alison Brown. Compass Records.
Scratch Gravel Road
Grammy nominated for Best Bluegrass Album in 2012! The 16th recording released by Special C. Most of the songs were given to the band by top songwriters including: Dixie and Tom T. Hall and Billy Smith; Tim Stafford and Jon Weisberger; Brink Brinkman and Tony Rackely; Craig Market, Ronnie Bowman and Bob Minner; Harley Allen; Becky Buller. Compass Records.
The Trail of Aching Hearts
The title is from the Hank Snow classic Down The Trail of Aching Hearts, which is featured on this recording along with songs by band members (I’d Like To Wander Back To The Old Home), friends of the band (including Josie’s Reel) and Irving Berlin (Blue Skies). Pinecastle Records.
Celebrating songs written by band members, including favorites Everything’s Alright (by Justin Carbone) and Carolina Smokey Mountain Home (by Ron Spears). Other highlights include special guests Tim Dishman, Randy Kohrs, Andy Leftwich and Josh Williams. Pinecastle Records.
Special Consensus 25th Anniversary
This release celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Special Consensus (formed in 1975). The first ten songs are by the current band and the other ten songs are from previous now out of print Special C recordings. Pinecastle Records.
Country Boy Banjo Tab Book
Complete tablature transcriptions of all of Greg’s banjo solos and all the backup from the award winning Compass Records recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” Transcribed By Russell Sawler.
Songs included in the book are:
Wild Montana Skies, Thank God I’m A Country Boy, Poems, Prayers & Promises, Take Me Home Country Roads, Sunshine On My Shoulder, Back Home Again, Rocky Mountain High, Eagles & Horses, Matthew
First 50 Songs You Should Play On Banjo
by Michael J. Miles and Greg Cahill (transcription assistance by Russell Sawler)
This book provides easy-to-read banjo tab, chord symbols and lyrics for many popular songs and tunes. Explore 25 clawhammer and 25 three-finger-style banjo arrangements in a variety of tunings and capoings with this one-of-a-kind collection.
Some of the songs included are:
Angel from Montgomery • Blowin’ in the Wind • Carolina in My Mind • Cripple Creek • Danny Boy • The House of the Rising Sun • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow • Maple Leaf Rag • Hey, Good Lookin’ • Shady Grove • Take Me Home, Country Roads • This Land Is Your Land • Wildwood Flower • All of Me • Little Rock Getaway
100 BANJO LESSONS (Hal Leonard)
by Greg Cahill & Michael Miles
This book for 5-string banjo includes 50 lessons for the three-finger banjo playing style and 50 lessons for the clawhammer banjo playing style. The lessons include detailed instruction on numerous topics with playing examples presented in banjo tablature and with chord and neck diagrams. Access to over 500 audio tracks with performance demos by the authors of all the examples in the book is also included.
Some of the lessons include playing in different keys, tunings and timings, chord charts and chordal theory, major and minor scales, understanding modes, song arranging and composition, playing backup, transposing solos, improvisation and creating harmony parts.