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About the video

The boys play "Whitewater" at Bellwether Live at Buckle Up Music Festival.

Bellwether is a collaboration of audio and video specialists looking to promote
the large pool of musical talent in the Cincinnati tri-state area and beyond. It is
our goal to show an artist's true musicianship through high-quality, live audio
recordings with well produced videos.

About the artist

Nine year-old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone along with his brothers Robbie (12)
on fiddle, and Tommy (14) on guitar, are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Though
their combined age is younger than music's Hip-Hop era, it's the 1950’s music of
Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers that inspires them. The Sleepy Man
Banjo Boys are the result of brotherly-love, and a passion for inspiring others
with their God-given musical gifts.

Best known for their YouTube bedroom practice videos, with over 3.5mm views
within the last six months, this young bluegrass trio has become an overnight
sensation, the only such phenomenon in the history of bluegrass music, going
back to 1939. Shortly after the videos started going “viral” in early 2011, the
phone began to ring. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno were calling, and in summer of 2011 appeared as
musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman and NBC’s Today Show.
In July, the boys were contacted by Fox News to appear on the Mike Huckabee
show, and the overwhelming response led to an invitation to appear again the
following week - the only musical guests to appear on back-to-back episodes in
the history of the show.

In August the boys were named official Martin Guitar Ambassadors, made their
Grand Ole Opry debut, and performed with banjo legend J.D. Crowe at a
bluegrass festival near their home in western rural New Jersey. Their first album,
‘America’s Music’ recorded in Nashville, released in September.

The boys hope to widen the appeal of traditional American string band music to
the next generation. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys invite you to listen and to
watch them grow, on the links below. They are starting to write new material and
are looking forward to traveling the country and the world to share their gifts.

“In my 65 years I’ve never seen a banjo player with this combination of youth and
talent. And the group is excellent… They play together so well! This group will be
making waves for many years!” Pete Wernick