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Real-life 'Deliverance' duelling banjo boy is discovered

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banjoIT would be slightly unkind, but with his gawky looks, skinny frame and over-sized banjo, Jonny Mizzone could easily be mistaken for an extra from cult movie of the American Deep South Deliverance.


But, as our video shows, this awesomely talented eight-year-old picks a genuinely jaw-dropping tune.

Despite being barely out of short trousers Jonny is already being compared to bluegrass legends Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley.

Jonny is one third of the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – with brothers Robbie, 11 and Tommy 13.

The band got the name from Jonny's habit of lying back on his bed while practising.

Despite appearances the brothers not southerners at all but are from New Jersey.

As their website says: “Over eight hundred miles from the Grand Ole Opry and the birthplace of Bluegrass, 8-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone and his brothers, Robbie 11, and Tommy 13, 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.

The boys' website is at

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