“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball…” Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy. 45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring The HillBenders. Rolling Stone Magazine picked HillBenders’ Tommy performance as ‘one of the top 50 things we saw at SXSW.’ The studio recording of the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.
Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators. The live performance covers the original album from start to finish.