The young bluegrass band making headlines everywhere they go, The Sleep Man Banjo Boys, have announced that Cory Piatt will be joing the group as their permanent mandolin player. The band's announcement says, "He is an amazing addition to the band, and we’re so excited. Please give him a warm welcome!"
In June, the band also made welcome to Blake Pitney on Bass which was also a welcome addition. As the band is growing and evolving, it is also maturing in its music and style. These young musicians are a welcome addition to the Mizzone brothers bluegrass style.
Inspired by the 1950’s music of Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are passionate about sharing their God-given musical gifts and invite you to watch them grow. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys gained fame when their practice sessions went viral on YouTube. Since then, the young bluegrass musicians have been featured on national television, performed at major music festivals, and have released another album, The Farthest Horion (October 2012).
Inspired by the 1950’s music of Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are passionate about sharing their God-given musical gifts and invite you to watch them grow. The amazing story of the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is a great testament to the continuous evolution of the music business. . Comprised of brothers Tommy, Robbie, and Jonny, they have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the quickest rising acts in Bluegrass or Roots music.
Ralph Stanley, and Clarence White. They also – just like countless others before them – became influenced by the revolutionary five-string banjo playing of Earl Scruggs. However, going back to the evolution of music, 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 very instrumental in getting the name of the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys out to the public. They have accounted for over 17 million views on their YouTube channel (YouTube.com/sleepymanbanjoboys). In addition, their Facebook page has an impressive 40,000 likes – and is growing at the astonishing rate of 1,000 fans per week. In fact, the Internet is where they made their initial splash.
“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.”
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. “Somewhere between pure traditional Bluegrass and Mumford & Sons. Our title track ‘The Farthest Horizon’ from our last release represents that well. ’ 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! The latest additions to The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys will certainly help them achieve their goal.