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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Bluegrass virtuosity from ... New Jersey?

スリーピーマン・バンジョー・ボーイズ: ブルーグラス音楽の達人ニュージャージーに現わる

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まだ16にも満たないミゾーニ家の三兄弟ジョニー、ロビー、トミーは、ブルーグラスのアール・スクラッグスよりはロックンロールのブルース・スプリングスティーンが有名なニュージャージーに生まれ育ちましたが、小さい頃から兄弟でブルーグラス音楽のカバー演奏をはじめ、自分たちで作曲もするようになりました。フィドル、バンジョー、ギターでリード役を入れ替わりながら、それぞれキーの違う眩いばかりの3曲を演奏します。

- Bluegrass musicians
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is made up of 11-year-old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone and his brothers Robbie, 14, on fiddle, and Tommy, 15, on guitar. Full bio

(Music)
(演奏)
00:14
(Applause)
(拍手)
01:57
(Music)
(演奏)
02:01
(Applause)
(拍手)
02:21
Robbie Mizzone: Thank you.
(ロビー・ミゾーニ) どうも
02:31
Tommy Mizzone: Thank you very much.
(トニー・ミゾーニ) ありがとうございます
02:33
We're so excited to be here.
It's such an honor for us.
この場に立てて興奮しています
すごく光栄です
02:34
Like he said, we're
three brothers from New Jersey --
僕ら三兄弟は
ニュージャージーから来ました
02:36
you know, the bluegrass
capital of the world.
ブルーグラス音楽といえば
ニュージャージーですよね?
02:39
(Laughter)
(笑)
02:43
We discovered bluegrass a few years ago,
僕らは何年か前に
ブルーグラス音楽に出会って
02:45
and we fell in love with it.
We hope you guys will too.
すごく好きになりました
皆さんにも 好きになって欲しいです
02:47
This next song is an original
we wrote called "Timelapse,"
次の曲は 僕らのオリジナル曲
「タイムラプス」です
02:50
and it will probably live up to its name.
その名にふさわしい曲だと思います
02:54
(Tuning)
(調弦)
02:57
(Music)
(演奏)
03:05
(Applause)
(拍手)
04:49
TM: Thank you very much.
(トミー) どうもありがとうございます
05:01
RM: I'm just going to take
a second to introduce the band.
(ロビー) ここでバンドの紹介を
しようと思います
05:04
On guitar is my 15-year-old brother Tommy.
ギターは
15歳の兄トミー
05:07
(Applause)
(拍手)
05:09
On banjo is 10-year-old Jonny.
バンジョーは
10歳のジョニー
05:14
(Applause) He's also our brother.
(拍手)
僕らの弟です
05:17
And I'm Robbie, and I'm 14,
and I play the fiddle.
僕はロビー 14歳
フィドル担当です
05:23
(Applause)
(拍手)
05:26
As you can see, we decided
to make it hard on ourselves,
挑戦しがいの
あるものにしようと
05:30
and we chose to play three songs
今夜は
3曲とも—
05:33
in three different keys.
キーの違う曲を
選びました
05:35
Yeah. I'm also going to explain,
a lot of people want to know
よく聞かれるので
説明しておきますが
05:39
where we got the name
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys from.
「スリーピーマン・バンジョー・ボーイズ」
という名の由来です
05:42
So it started when Jonny was little,
僕らが始めた頃
ジョニーは まだ小さくて
05:44
and he first started the banjo,
he would play on his back
バンジョーを弾くとき
いつも仰向けで 目を閉じて
05:47
with his eyes closed,
弾いていたんです
05:50
and we'd say it looked
like he was sleeping.
それが眠っている
みたいだったので
05:51
So you can probably piece
the rest together.
こんな名前になりました
05:53
TM: We can't really figure
out the reason for this.
(トミー) なんでだったのか
分かりませんが
05:55
It might have been that it
weighs about a million pounds.
楽器をすごく重たく
感じていたのかもしれません
05:58
(Music)
(演奏)
06:02
(Applause)
(拍手)
07:39
(Music)
(演奏)
07:43
(Applause)
(拍手)
08:25
TM: Thank you very much.
(トミー) ありがとうございます
08:30
RM: Thank you.
(ロビー) どうも
08:32
Translated by Yasushi Aoki
Reviewed by Mari Arimitsu

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About the Speaker:

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - Bluegrass musicians
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is made up of 11-year-old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone and his brothers Robbie, 14, on fiddle, and Tommy, 15, on guitar.

Why you should listen

These days your kid can get famous on YouTube for having water sprayed at him, for being duped about his Halloween candy, and for being high off laughing gas. But what if your 8-year-old gets famous on the Internet for being an absolute genius on the banjo? So goes the story of Jonny Mizzone, who first became a YouTube sensation in early 2011 for videos of him and his brothers tearing it up playing Earl Scruggs's Flint Hill Special. It wasn't long before the press started calling.

Now Jonny, Robbie (fiddle) and Tommy (guitar), known as the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, are 11, 14 and 15 respectively. In 2011 alone they got calls from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in the summer of 2011 they appeared as musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman and NBC’s Today Show.

While the trio grew up in New Jersey -- which is known more for rock music than for bluegrass -- they fell in love with the unique sounds of J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley, Clarence White and Earl Scruggs after some creative YouTube searching. Now, having become sensations on the platform themselves, the trio has accumulated more than 17 million video views. Their first album, America’s Music, was released in September 2011 and charted top eight on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. In October 2012 they released their second album, The Farthest Horizon, which cracked the top three. The group is already at work on their next album.

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