Scratch Gravel Road

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Banjo picker Greg Cahill has been leading Special Consensus for more than 35 years, and they're still as eclectic and polished as ever. Cahill started the band to feature his take on roots music by blending bluegrass with blues, swing, newgrass, and country music. The current lineup features Rick Faris on mandolin, David Thomas on standup bass, and Dustin Benson on guitar; all three trade off on lead vocals and harmonies. They don't waste any time, either on-stage or on record, and kick the album off with four of the album's strongest tracks. "Old New Straitsville Moonshine Run" is a traditional showcase for the band's speed and picking with Thomas' strong vocal supported by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Banjo picker Greg Cahill has been leading Special Consensus for more than 35 years, and they're still as eclectic and polished as ever. Cahill started the band to feature his take on roots music by blending bluegrass with blues, swing, newgrass, and country music. The current lineup features Rick Faris on mandolin, David Thomas on standup bass, and Dustin Benson on guitar; all three trade off on lead vocals and harmonies. They don't waste any time, either on-stage or on record, and kick the album off with four of the album's strongest tracks. "Old New Straitsville Moonshine Run" is a traditional showcase for the band's speed and picking with Thomas' strong vocal supported by blazing solos from Faris, Benson, and Cahill that mimic the velocity of a moonshiner driving down a moonlit road. "Monroe," an homage to the father of bluegrass performed in his style with former bandmembers Josh Williams and Chris Jones adding their solid harmonies. Faris sings lead on "Sea of Heartbreak," the Don Gibson hit reinvented as a midtempo ballad. "A Good Problem to Have" may well be the album's standout; a song that reminds us to count our blessings, even when they include minor problems like flat tires and cranky bosses. Thomas delivers its inspirational vocal without sounding overly sentimental. Other standouts include "Jacklene," a Cahill instrumental featuring producer Alison Brown on banjo. She plays a fancy harmonic lead with Cahill before breaking away for a concise jazzy solo. "On My Way to the Kingdom Land," an old hit for the Golden Gate Quartet, is given an a cappella reading that shows off the group's strong vocals. Tom T. Hall's "Trouble Let Me Be" gets a bluesy arrangement with a hint of ragtime in its arrangement while "Sunday Morning Without You" is a strong country/folk tune with a hint of pop in its tune and delivery.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2012
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397457321
  • Catalog Number: 4573
  • Sales rank: 81,121

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Special Consensus Primary Artist
Alison Brown Soloist, Guest Appearance
Greg Cahill Banjo, Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Guest Appearance
Chris Jones Track Performer
Josh Williams Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Chris Jones Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Guest Appearance
Dustin Benson Guitar, Bass (Vocal), Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rick Faris Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Alison Brown Producer
Tom T. Hall Composer
Willie Williams Composer
Billy Smith Composer
Paul Hampton Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Greg Cahill Composer
Hal David Composer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Donald Robinson Composer
Tim Stafford Composer
Jon Weisberger Composer
Craig Market Composer
Ryan Roberts Composer
Jim Cooley Engineer
Becky Buller Composer
Herb Ford Composer
Justin Francis Engineer
Mark "Brink" Brinkman Composer
Dixie Hall Composer
Dustin Benson Composer
Tony Rackely Composer
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