2015 release, a bluegrass reinterpretation of the classic rock opera. Forty-five years after it's initial release, The Who's 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 intact. 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 it has been dubbed, brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying homage to it's 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 it's ability to bridge the gap between musical genres and fans.