Remember those cute little boys who captured the world’s attention on YouTube playing Earl Scruggs banjo tunes from their bedrooms in New Jersey? Those were the Mizzone brothers and they were an immediate sensation back in 2011 when their family filmed Jonny (then aged 9) burning up a banjo that was as big as he was, along with his brothers Robbie (12) on fiddle and Tommy (14) on guitar.
The boys, then know as Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, made multiple appearances on network television and attracted millions of viewers to their YouTube channel.
Now, the Mizzone boys have grown into fine young men and they are still playing the music they learned as youngsters, but with their own twist. They’ve dropped the Boys from the band name, and go as Sleepy Man, having added a bass player and a drummer to the group.
Here’s their latest video, just in time for Christmas, a new bedroom jam on the holiday classic Carol Of The Bells. It’s a different take on the song, full of banjos and fiddles, peppered with a rockin’ beat.
You can find out more about Sleepy Man online, including videos of their original music.