I love to watch American Idol. I hate the program but I love the contestants, especially the warblers, shriekers and moaners. The thing about this eternally bothersome program is every once in a while, like a miner panning for gold, we strike it rich. A star is born. Or at least an insanely rich pop singer. These kids will never make Idol. They don’t warble, shriek or moan. They just play the heck out of a guitar, banjo and fiddle. They’re too good for Idol…
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
____________________________________________________________________________ Over eight hundred miles from the Grand Ole Opry and the birthplace of Bluegrass, 9-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone and his brothers, Robbie 12, and Tommy 14, might be the most unassuming bluegrass trio in the region. 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 picking on his back, eyes closed, Jonny was the inspiration, and the name had emerged: the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys were born.
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