Lebanon, NJ -- When the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys' debut album 'America's Music' was released in 2011, the band's strong YouTube following propelled their music up the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. Now, in advance of the release of their newest project, brothers Jonny, Robbie, and Tommy Mizzone are turning to another popular site to carry their sound to new audiences: http://Kickstarter.com/
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys announced the launch of their first Kickstarter campaign to promote their latest work 'The Farthest Horizon.' With a successful campaign, the boys plan to use the proceeds to help expand their distribution and promotional reach while remaining independent artists. Backers of the project are offered a range of perks from pre-release downloads, autographed merchandise, and even a professional custom made Huber Banjo.
Brothers Jonny, Robbie, and Tommy Mizzone became a viral sensation last winter sparking a whirlwind year that would include performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Today Show, and the Grand Ole Opry. They were also named official Martin Guitar Ambassadors by Martin Guitar, an honor reserved for a select few artists.
Nine year-old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone along with his brothers Robbie (13) 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 10 million views, 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 and has sold over 7,500 copies. On February 16, 2012 ‘America’s Music’ debuted on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart as the 8th most popular bluegrass album in the country.
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.
The project is currently 24% funded and available at - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2003152574/the-farthest-horizon-album