The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations. Their infectious sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today. They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots: Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks, and Nate Burie. Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations, and was awarded Album of the Year. The single “Squirrel Hunters” was named Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.
Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. Austin Hefflefinger on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound that builds to a full country sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.