Special Consensus, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers
Doors open at 7 pm.
SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless; the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass. Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet.
“Long I Ride” is the 18th Special C recording and features songs from current band members, band alums Robbie Fulks, Justin Carbone and Ron Spears and songwriter/friends of the band. The subtle theme relates to the 40 year band anniversary in 2015 and band members Greg Cahill, Rick Faris, Dan Eubanks and Nick Dumas are joined by special guests Della Mae on “Highway 40 Blues,” Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and producer Alison Brown on a “fiery” instrumental version of “Fireball” and Summer McMahan on “First One To Know.” To read more about the band, go to http://specialc.com/bios/
Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.” Americana artist Jim Lauderdale said of Chris, “He continues to have one of the most distinctive and best voices in music, period.” To read more about the band, go to http://chrisjonesgrass.com/about-chris/