The HillBenders are a bluegrass band hailing from Springfield, Missouri. Formed in 2008, the band consists of Nolan Lawrence (mandolin), Mark Cassidy (banjo), Chad Graves (dobro), Gary Rea (bass), and Jim Rea (guitar).

Known for their innovative approach to bluegrass music, The HillBenders have gained recognition for their unique sound that blends traditional bluegrass with elements of rock and roll. Their energetic live performances have earned them a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim within the music industry.

In 2015, The HillBenders achieved a major milestone in their career when they released a groundbreaking cover album of The Who's rock opera "Tommy". The album, titled "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry", received widespread praise for its fresh interpretation of the classic rock masterpiece. The HillBenders' rendition of "Pinball Wizard" even reached the top spot on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart.

The band has toured extensively across the United States and Europe, performing at major music festivals such as MerleFest and ROMP. Their dynamic stage presence and virtuosic musicianship have solidified their reputation as one of the leading acts in contemporary bluegrass music.

With their innovative approach to traditional bluegrass music and impressive musical accomplishments, The HillBenders continue to push boundaries and captivate audiences around the world.


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