We just love when country artists interpret songs that belong to a completely different genre of music. So when we came upon this bluegrass version of a popular Who song, we just had to share it.
Even if you aren't a fan of the original rock opera by The Who, if you're a bluegrass fan, The Hillbenders' cover of "Pinball Wizard" will definitely be a feast for the ears. The high-energy rendition, complete with all the makings of a bluegrass band (guitar, banjo, Dobro, bass, and mandolin) brings this classic British rock tune to a whole new, exciting level.
"Pinball Wizard" was featured in The Who's 1969 rock opera album, Tommy. It reached #4 in the UK charts, and #19 in the U.S. It tells the tale of a kid who is both deaf and blind that's a pinball champion and people can't seem to figure out why. Elton John also recorded a version that was used in the 1975 film adaption of Tommy.
This exciting bluegrass version by The Hillbenders is available on TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry. Witty, right? Timothy Finn of The Kansas City Star says only good things about their unique take on classic Who tunes: "It was spectacular. Highly recommended, even to the most skeptical of Who fans."
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