Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – Run

Justin who…? Will the next teen heartthrobs be a trio of bluegrass brothers from New Jersey?

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys captured the world’s attention in 2010 when home movie style videos of them practicing in their bedroom struck gold on YouTube. The primary focus of attention at the start was the band’s namesake, 8 year old Jonny Mizzone who played the fire out of a banjo that was nearly as tall as he was.

Within a few months, Jonny and his older brothers Robbie (11) and Tommy (13) found themselves on national television, appearing on the Letterman and Huckabee shows, with a debut recording shortly thereafter.

Three years later, these cute young kids are “mature” entertainers, with another CD, and an urge to sing as well as play. A look at their new sound was revealed yesterday, with a new song written and sung by Robbie Mizzone, now 15, who plays fiddle with the group, and his uncle Chris Mizzone. It’s called Run, and finds the boys still in the bedroom, but with a somewhat more distinctive sound.


Run is available now as a digital single in iTunes.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.