Pinball Wizard
HILLBENDERS – Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (Compass Records)

I had to think twice about trying this bluegrass take on The Who’s magnum opus ‘Tommy’, but having checked that it wasn’t a joke I gave it a try, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The band have simply replaced the usual instruments with fiddle, guitar, dobro and banjo, and with a respect for the source material they play it straight, with nary a ‘yee-haw’ in sight, so you hear the album in a whole new way.