“I GET THAT when you sing you close your eyes, but sometimes if you can open your eyes?” suggested the blonde-bearded, tattooed producer that the band calls Uncle Matt.
“But you have to have emotion because if your eyes are just open, it’s creepy. And if you are going to look around, just try not to be too shifty.”
The recipient of all this advice, 14-year-old Robbie Mizzone, took it well. The cameras rolled, and for the tenth time, the song came back on over the speakers sitting on a milk crate. With his fiddle under his arm, Robbie sang, closing his eyes sometimes, opening them sometimes, managing to look like he was looking at something far away.
The Mizzone brothers – 12-year-old Johnny on banjo, 14-year-old Robbie on fiddle and 17-year-old Tommy on guitar – are something like the Hansons of bluegrass.
For a day in August, the band rented out the historic barn on Wisner Road in Warwick to shoot the music video for their latest EP, By My Side. When they get really big, we can say we hosted them when.