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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Bluegrass Music Trio Comprised of Brothers

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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Biography

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, brothers Tommy, Robbie, and Jonny, have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the quickest rising acts in Roots music. That is no small accomplishment when you take into consideration the trio hails from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – not exactly a hotbed for instruments like banjos and fiddles. “New Jersey is not what you would call a Bluegrass state. That’s one of the interesting parts about our story,” said Tommy. “There are definitely Bluegrass fans here, but maybe we’re making a few new ones, which is kind of cool.”

When asked why the brothers became so enamored with the style of the music, Tommy says, “Probably because it’s so unique. There’s really not any other kind of music that is similar to it. We also like the pureness of the acoustic sound – there’s no way to hide behind effects or distortion pedals so you have to be proficient on your instrument to play this music well.”

The Mizzone brothers were influenced by the masters, such as J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley, and Tony Rice. They also – just like countless others before them – became influenced by the revolutionary five-string banjo playing of Earl Scruggs. However, they weren’t listening to Grandpa’s 78 RPM collection. They picked up the music of Scruggs the way that many others their age are discovering the classics. “We discovered Earl Scruggs through YouTube and fell in love with the music,” said Tommy.

YouTube has been instrumental in getting the name of the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys out to the public. Their videos have been viewed over 20 million times on their YouTube channel. “That’s one of the coolest parts about everything,” said Robbie. “We have had several of our bedroom practice jam videos go viral and that’s what really kind of took off and helped get us out there.”

Younger brother Jonny is rapidly making a name for himself as a proficient 5-string banjo player. When Jonny was just nine, banjo legend J.D. Crowe was so impressed with his talent that he called him “An old midget,” saying there was no way a kid could play the instrument with such prowess. His skill on the banjo also has helped the band land a couple appearances on the stage of the world famous Grand Ole Opry, and the boys recently returned to the Opry for a second appearance and received two standing ovations and an encore performance.

The band has recorded a pair of albums - "America’s Music" and "The Farthest Horizon" – which charted at No. 8 and No. 3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart respectively, and the trio is already hard at work on their third album – “We’re excited to expand our style of music on the next album, and maybe our audience, too.” said Robbie. “Building off our last album, we’re going to continue with original songs. We usually try to hear a melody in our heads, or try to come up with something on an instrument, and once we have that, we’ll work out an arrangement and start adding all the other parts like bass, mandolin, guitar, and banjo solos. It’s kind of how we get our basic song ideas started.”

Where do their inspirations for their material come from? Robbie says “A lot of it comes from our influences, experiences, and what we like listening to. I think that’s a big part of it. We also love putting our heads together and trying to come up with some new ideas as a group.”

The tie that the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys enjoy as brothers has also allowed them to develop their sound even tighter. “I think that one thing that helps us is living together,” reflected Tommy. “We can call a practice and do it in two minutes if we need to. I think we can get a lot more tight with our music like that.”

And, the music world has taken note of just how strong their sound is. They have appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Huckabee," and "The Today Show," played Carnegie Hall, performed at the prominent Newport Folk Festival, and have shared the stage with one of entertainment’s top celebrities. “We were able to play with Steve Martin at the Ryman for an Earl Scruggs tribute,” recalls Tommy. “That was one our favorite things we have ever done – to be backstage with him and jam with him.”

Collectively, the band has picked up endorsement deals from Martin, Huber Banjos, Presonus, DPA, D’Addario and Janet Davis Acoustic Music. Additionally, they have had the blessing of partnering with several charities raising money for orphans and widows through merchandise and touring sales. Robbie said “Our faith in Jesus Christ is very important to us and we wanted to have a ministry, or something we could support as a band.”

The band is looking forward to their future. Where would the band like the future to take them? “We continue to grow as a band and are settling in to our own sound,” said Tommy. As we add vocals, we want to continue to grow our fan base and hopefully attract more young people to this type of music.”

It’s a safe assumption that they are on their way to do just that!

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    Speaking fees for Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
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  • Where does Sleepy Man Banjo Boys travel from?

    Sleepy Man Banjo Boys generally travels from Lebanon Township, NJ, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Sleepy Man Banjo Boys’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Sleepy Man Banjo Boys or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Biography

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, brothers Tommy, Robbie, and Jonny, have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the quickest rising acts in Roots music. That is no small accomplishment when you take into consideration the trio hails from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – not exactly a hotbed for instruments like banjos and fiddles. “New Jersey is not what you would call a Bluegrass state. That’s one of the interesting parts about our story,” said Tommy. “There are definitely Bluegrass fans here, but maybe we’re making a few new ones, which is kind of cool.”

When asked why the brothers became so enamored with the style of the music, Tommy says, “Probably because it’s so unique. There’s really not any other kind of music that is similar to it. We also like the pureness of the acoustic sound – there’s no way to hide behind effects or distortion pedals so you have to be proficient on your instrument to play this music well.”

The Mizzone brothers were influenced by the masters, such as J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley, and Tony Rice. They also – just like countless others before them – became influenced by the revolutionary five-string banjo playing of Earl Scruggs. However, they weren’t listening to Grandpa’s 78 RPM collection. They picked up the music of Scruggs the way that many others their age are discovering the classics. “We discovered Earl Scruggs through YouTube and fell in love with the music,” said Tommy.

YouTube has been instrumental in getting the name of the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys out to the public. Their videos have been viewed over 20 million times on their YouTube channel. “That’s one of the coolest parts about everything,” said Robbie. “We have had several of our bedroom practice jam videos go viral and that’s what really kind of took off and helped get us out there.”

Younger brother Jonny is rapidly making a name for himself as a proficient 5-string banjo player. When Jonny was just nine, banjo legend J.D. Crowe was so impressed with his talent that he called him “An old midget,” saying there was no way a kid could play the instrument with such prowess. His skill on the banjo also has helped the band land a couple appearances on the stage of the world famous Grand Ole Opry, and the boys recently returned to the Opry for a second appearance and received two standing ovations and an encore performance.

The band has recorded a pair of albums - "America’s Music" and "The Farthest Horizon" – which charted at No. 8 and No. 3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart respectively, and the trio is already hard at work on their third album – “We’re excited to expand our style of music on the next album, and maybe our audience, too.” said Robbie. “Building off our last album, we’re going to continue with original songs. We usually try to hear a melody in our heads, or try to come up with something on an instrument, and once we have that, we’ll work out an arrangement and start adding all the other parts like bass, mandolin, guitar, and banjo solos. It’s kind of how we get our basic song ideas started.”

Where do their inspirations for their material come from? Robbie says “A lot of it comes from our influences, experiences, and what we like listening to. I think that’s a big part of it. We also love putting our heads together and trying to come up with some new ideas as a group.”

The tie that the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys enjoy as brothers has also allowed them to develop their sound even tighter. “I think that one thing that helps us is living together,” reflected Tommy. “We can call a practice and do it in two minutes if we need to. I think we can get a lot more tight with our music like that.”

And, the music world has taken note of just how strong their sound is. They have appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Huckabee," and "The Today Show," played Carnegie Hall, performed at the prominent Newport Folk Festival, and have shared the stage with one of entertainment’s top celebrities. “We were able to play with Steve Martin at the Ryman for an Earl Scruggs tribute,” recalls Tommy. “That was one our favorite things we have ever done – to be backstage with him and jam with him.”

Collectively, the band has picked up endorsement deals from Martin, Huber Banjos, Presonus, DPA, D’Addario and Janet Davis Acoustic Music. Additionally, they have had the blessing of partnering with several charities raising money for orphans and widows through merchandise and touring sales. Robbie said “Our faith in Jesus Christ is very important to us and we wanted to have a ministry, or something we could support as a band.”

The band is looking forward to their future. Where would the band like the future to take them? “We continue to grow as a band and are settling in to our own sound,” said Tommy. As we add vocals, we want to continue to grow our fan base and hopefully attract more young people to this type of music.”

It’s a safe assumption that they are on their way to do just that!

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Videos

  • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Bluegrass virtuosity from ... New Jersey?
  • 9-Year-Old Plays Banjo on David Letterman Show - Sleepy Man ...
  • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Interview - YouTube

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  • How do I book Sleepy Man Banjo Boys to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Sleepy Man Banjo Boys or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

    Speaking fees for Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Sleepy Man Banjo Boys speak about?

    Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Education, Innovation, Music, Speakers by Industry, TED.
  • Where does Sleepy Man Banjo Boys travel from?

    Sleepy Man Banjo Boys generally travels from Lebanon Township, NJ, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Sleepy Man Banjo Boys’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Sleepy Man Banjo Boys or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys generally travels from Lebanon Township, NJ, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bunker Roy, John Legend, Apollo Robbins, Malcolm London and Richard Turere. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sleepy Man Banjo Boys for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Interview - YouTube

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