They’re A Pickin’ And We’re A Grinnin’: Young Bluegrass Phenoms

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Over eight hundred miles from the Grand Ole Opry and the birthplace of Bluegrass, 8-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone and his brothers, Robbie 11, and Tommy 13, might be the most unassuming bluegrass trio in the region.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are the result of faith in God, brotherly-love, and a passion for this fast pickin’ & fiddlin’ genre. Though their combined age is younger than music's Hip-Hop era, it's the music of Flatt & Scruggs & Ralph Stanley that inspires the sound pouring from the strings of Jonny's banjo, Robbie's fiddle, and Tommy's guitar. Just as comfortable plucking on his back, eyes closed, Jonny was the inspiration, and the name had emerged: the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys were born.