Article Contributed by Compass Records | Published on Thursday, May 11, 2023

Special Consensus gives listeners a sneak peak at their upcoming album GREAT BLUE NORTH set to be released May 12th, 2023. The two-time GRAMMY-nominees and six-time IBMA Award winners tribute our northern neighbors on the new project which showcases the band on thoughtfully curated set of well-known and lesser-known songs, all penned by Canadian songwriters.

The Gordon Lightfoot classic "Alberta Bound" is the first single and thematic centerpiece of the new album. The track features a cast of Canadian guests including Patrick Sauber, Trisha Gagnon and John Reischman (The Jaybird Trio), and Pharis & Jason Romero trading lead vocals with Special Consensus's mandolinist Michael Prewitt. New Brunswick-based fiddler Ray Legere and newly-minted Canadian Claire Lynch also bring their talents to the track alongside Special Consensus members Greg Blake (guitar), Greg Cahill (banjo) and Dan Eubanks (bass).

Band leader Greg Cahill shares: “Special Consensus has toured regularly in Canada since our earliest days and counts many great Canadian bluegrass players and singers among our musical friends. After we released Cape Breton-based J.P. Cormier's song “Blackbird” last year, we began to think that recording an album of all Canadian songs would be a great way to tip our hats to the immense talent in the Canadian bluegrass community. Getting to collaborate with some of our northern friends on the project was the icing on the cake.”

GREAT BLUE NORTH follows on the heels of the band's award-winning 2020 release CHICAGO BARN DANCE. The album's 10 tracks feature Special Consensus in collaboration wtih an array of Canadian and US guests including April Verch, Leonard Podolak, Rob Ickes, Darol Anger, John Showman, Dale Ann Bradley, Amanda Smith and the album's producer Alison Brown as well as the guests who contributed to "Alberta Bound."

GREAT BLUE NORTH is slated for release on May 12th via Compass Records and is available for pre-save and pre-order HERE.