Out June 2nd on Compass Records
Watch the video for “Tommy’s Holiday Camp/Eyesight to the Blind” Exclusively Available Via Billboard.com
“The HillBenders...proved to be the perfect group to execute this "Whograss" concept” –Rolling Stone, “50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW”
“Ambitiously and audaciously rendered…Well worth standing in the rain to hear.” –Gary Graff, Billboard
“Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry was the highpoint of a night of many stellar Friday night performances at Folk Alliance.” –Timothy Finn, Kansas City Star
May 5, 2015 (Nashville, Tennessee) – Forty-five years after its initial release, The Who’s rock opera Tommy has been transformed by The Hillbenders into a full-length bluegrass tribute with all of the original record’s energy, instrumental showmanship, and rock star vocals in tact.
Originally recorded with a full rock band, the dynamic bluegrass quintet recreated the legendary album with a banjo, Dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar. The “Bluegrass Opry,” as its been dubbed, brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying homage to its creators.
SXSW co-founder and musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers conceived the idea of a “bluegrass opry” and felt he’d found the right band to pull off this high-wire approach to the record when he met The Hillbenders, a band known for its ability to bridge the gap between musical genres and fans.
The live performance is a full 75-minute show covering the original album from start to finish with special video accompaniment and audience participation.
The HillBenders will host a pre-launch show on May 10th at Nashville’s historic bluegrass haven, Station Inn.