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Grammy nominee celebrates experience

Updated: March 13, 2013 6:21AM



Going into Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Greg Cahill, a bluegrass musician from Oak Lawn, knew his band was a long shot at best.

And he was right.

Special Consensus, the band he co-founded in 1975, did not win the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. But Cahill and his bandmates weren’t crying.

They were happy to have been nominated and had a blast at the 55th annual awards show in Los Angeles, Cahill said.

Speaking Monday from Montana, where the band was performing at a bluegrass festival at the Big Sky Resort, Cahill discussed a day he won’t soon forget.

“It’s just an awesome show, and it was really fun to be there. It was a great musical evening. There were all kinds of music genres there. I never saw Elton John live before,” he said.

John played twice during the evening portion of the Grammy show at the Staples Center.

Cahill and his bandmates learned Sunday afternoon, during an awards show at the Nokia Theatre, that the Steep Canyon Rangers won the Grammy. Because that band has worked with comedian/banjo player Steve Martin, they were the favorite going in, he said.

“They thanked him profusely. They knew, too. But it was still great to be there,” Cahill said.

Cahill said he and the rest of the group especially enjoyed the after-show parties.

“They were all held there in a building nearby,” he said. “It was great. Noam (Pikelny) was there, so we sat and shot the breeze.”

Pikelny, a former banjo student of Cahill’s, was up for the same Grammy Award.

Cahill said he got two hours of sleep before he and Special Consensus caught a plane to Bozeman, Mont.

There’s no resting on the laurels for Special Consensus. They played a concert Monday night in Montana and will be performing next week in Colorado and Kansas.

Closer to home, they’ll perform with the Henhouse Prowlers on April 19 at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn.



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