Not everyone can say they have a talent — let alone one like 9-year-old banjo prodigy Jonny Mizzone.
Boy oh boy, can he play!
What’s even sweeter is Jonny has two siblings who are musically gifted, too. One of them picks the guitar, while the other plays fiddle and bow. Together, Johnny and his brothers, Robbie and Tommy, make up bluegrass group the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys — a name that they thought up after seeing Jonny play his instrument on his back with his eyes shut.
The 2011 video above shows a cap-hatted Jonny with his eyes open covering Ralph Stanley’s “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” And, it’s undeniable how speedy his fingers can move during the song. Following his impeccable intro, Robbie slays it on the fiddle and then Tommy finishes out the performance on guitar. And, the entire clip is a clear reason as to why these skillful bluegrass pickers have already earned more than 20 million hits on YouTube.
According to FOX news, the youngsters began playing music at the tender ages of 6, 7 and 8 with Jonny being the youngest. They developed their passion for bluegrass after finding a YouTube video of Earl Scruggs jamming out on the banjo.
“We heard a video of him playing and we were like, ‘Wow we’ve never heard anything like this,’” said Tommy, “[Bluegrass] is music that originates in America. It’s not from Britain or from anywhere but it’s American music.”
Now, the boys have their own website (although the bio still has to be written), they’ve released two albums, appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and made their Grand Ole Opry debut. We can’t wait to see what they do next.
Watch the video to see these young fellows bust out some serious bluegrass. We promise you’ll be glad you did.