It is with excited but bittersweet feelings that I announce I am leaving Special Consensus.
After 11 years the amazing Greg Cahill has helped shape me into the musician and person I am today. I have learned so much from Greg and cannot thank him enough for giving me the opportunity to be part of his legacy. In 11 years I’ve been on 2 different instruments in 19 countries on 3 different continents. In that time Greg and I have been on 6 different Special C records, shared 2 Grammy nominations and 6 IBMA award wins and loads of nominations.
I’ve always joked with Greg Cahill on and off the stage. Our shtick was I’d jab about his age and he would fire me on-stage in front of everyone.
I really wish I could have been fired just one more time in my hometown and in Greg’s hometown, Chicago, which really has become my second home. Covid has robbed so many people of so many things. For me it’s closure and a going away bash celebrating a new chapter with a dear friend, my Coach Greg Cahill.
However, there’s always a silver lining. Covid has helped me find more strength in faith, family and fitness. With the time off the road I have also found a new drive and rekindled passion for music. I have been writing non-stop getting ready for the next Rick Faris record with Stephen Mougin producing on his Dark Shadow Recording label. We now have a records worth of material and the amazing musicians to bring it to life! We are currently lining up our schedules and are excited to get after it.
I’m not sure what God has planned for me just yet but I have been willing to follow my bluegrass path on faith. I will continue to build guitars and whittle down my waiting list. I have already been asked to perform festivals as a solo artist and look forward to building that as I move forward with my brand of music. Now I just need to find a younger version of myself to fire every night.
I have been so blessed as a member of Special Consensus and I only pray that I am just as blessed with my musical endeavors beyond. Thank you to the friends and fans who have supported me and my Special C brethren for so long! You really are an amazing bunch of people and I love you dearly. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music and look forward to seeing everyone on the bluegrass trail.