Special Consensus brings ace bluegrass to Blue Rooster
Credit The Blue Rooster, a key player in the booming NOF — North of Fruitville — district for not only serving tasty Southern comfort and Dixie-inspired cocktails but booking an impressive array of bands spanning various styles of feel-good roots music. This Saturday's headliner, The Special Consensus, happens to be one of the finest purveyors of bluegrass in the land.
Led by ace banjo picker Greg Cahill, the acoustic quartet began gigging across the Midwest in1975. Since then, the band's popularity has steadily grown with The Special Consensus earning a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass album in 2012 for the outstanding collection "Scratch Gravel Road," an exciting amalgamation of tradition string music goosed with blues, swing, newgrass, and country styles.
This week The Special Consensus released “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver.” The album features such bluegrass luminaries as Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Carter, Mike Cleveland, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Jim Lauderdale, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan, Buddy Spicher and Rhonda Vincent performing a smart collection of Denver hits and deep tracks. So, yes, chances are, Saturday's attendees will get to sing, hum and/or foot-stomp along with superbly performed feel-good anthems such as "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Rocky Mountain High."
“I’ve met so many people who were affected by John’s music and so many musicians who mention him as an inspiration," Cahill says on the band's website. "It felt like a bluegrass interpretation of his songs would be something really special and might also serve as a way to connect more people to bluegrass music.”
The Special Consensus
8:30 p.m. Saturday; The Blue Rooster, 1525 4th St., Sarasota; $15: 388-7539; blueroostersrq.com