Ashby Frank Leaves Special Consensus
In September we brought you news of Canadian Ryan Roberts joining Special Consensus on guitar. More news from this band sees Ashby Frank recently leaving the band after two and a half years, and being replaced by Faris Family Bluegrass Band veteran Rick Faris on mandolin. Rick has toured throughout the US and Canada singing and playing guitar and dobro with the family band since 1998. The Faris Family band won several SPBGMA awards over the years and Rick was awarded SPBGMA Midwest Guitar Player of the Year in 2005 and 2008. He is also an excellent luthier, building guitars, dobros and mandolins when not on the road.
Special Consensus band leader Greg Cahill is heading into the studio with the new lineup to record six tracks to add to an anniversary 18 song Special CD for 2010, that will celebrate their 35th anniversary. Those six tracks will be added to other songs the band has recorded over the past 35 years.