The online viral video, “Yodeling Walmart Boy” has taken an eleven-year-old boy from a Walmart in rural Illinois to the Grand Ole Opry and the biggest music festival in the country.
Mason Ramsey, 11, was recorded singing “Lovesick Blues” by Hank Williams in the air mattress isle of a Walmart in his tiny hometown of Golconda, Ill on April 1. The video has been viewed over 20 million on YouTube and he’s since gained over 200,000 Twitter followers, 1.4 million Instagram followers.
His traditional cowboy attire, friendly demeanor and infectious singing voice have allowed him to surpass the typical fifteen minutes of fame of most viral sensations. Less than two weeks later of the video’s posting he performed in front of millions on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. There he learned he’d won a $15,000 scholarship from Walmart and the opportunity to perform at the historic Grand Ole Opry.
He performed at the historic Nashville country music venue on Saturday, April 14, but not before he’d caused a massive spike in online streams of the Hank Williams tune and performed at arguably the country’s biggest music festival.
Ramsey was brought on stage at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California where he was once again captivated another huge audience. The festival last year drew about 750,000 attendees over two weekends and from videos of his performance he looks to be in front of a sizeable crowd.
after the yodel kid followed me i dmed him to try and get him to come out as whethans guest at coachella. and it happened. ur welcome everyone. i love u mason and i love the internet pic.twitter.com/VSjLjS9mU4— eric turtle (@dubstep4dads) April 13, 2018
He hasn’t been the only beneficiary of his newfound stardom. The popularity of the video increased streams of the 70-year-old original recording of Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” by 2,452% between March 26 and April 9, according to Fader Magazine.
Ramsey’s rendition and many remixes that have been created since then have become the walk-up song of choice for many professional baseball players.
Boston Red Sox’s reliever Joe Kelly warmed up to tune at a recent home game.
The A-affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers also got in on the action this past week.
Los Angeles Dodger’s Kiké Hernandez was also one of many ballplayers eager to trot out to the viral sensation.