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Maryville, TN 37804
Individual tickets For the HillBenders TOMMY will be on sale March 6, 2017
“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball”
This may not be your standard bluegrass lyric, but it is 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 has been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. 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.
Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and his relationship with his family. The original album has sold 20 million copies and been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value”. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Tommy number 96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The HillBenders are one of the few bluegrass groups that recognize their ability to bridge the gap between the common music consumer and the bluegrass genre. They are adept at selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas. With their widely varied influences, they are trying to bring to bluegrass songs that unify.
“We wanted to pair bluegrass with the other music we grew up with —rock and roll!” say HillBender Nolan Lawrence. After hearing this, you will agree.