How the ‘Walmart Yodeling Boy’ Rocked Coachella, Then the Opry
It was 11-year old yodeler Mason Ramsey, who wears a big cowboy hat and a big belt buckle. He harnesses an even bigger talent.
“As we’re getting ready to see the likes of Cardi B and Beyoncé at Coachella, first we were greeted by a young man well on his 13th minute of fame — Mason Ramsey, aka the Yodeling Walmart Kid,” shared Twitter’s WhatsTrending page over the weekend.
“Actually, seeing a little kid in a cowboy hat backed by a band in front of a roaring audience is very awesome. Go, Mason, go!”
Ramsey became a sensation when a Youtube video of his professional-grade yodeling in the aisles of an Harrisburg, Illinois, Walmart went viral. He quickly found himself a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and then on the Coachella stage alongside DJ Whethan last Friday afternoon.
Justin Bieber was even excited to grab some face time with the young star at the event, which took place in Indio, California. Fan videos posted to Twitter show Bieber asking the child if this was his “first Coachella,” as HelloGiggles.com reported.
The crowd reportedly went wild after DJ Whethan said from the stage that his next guest needed “no introduction,” according to USA Today. Whethan, 18, invited Ramsey to Coachella after pointing out how he and Ramsey look alike. “Stop saying I look like the Walmart yodel kid,” he tweeted back on April 3.
Yodeling is a very old music form, and it’s been getting a re-birth of sorts through young Ramsey’s amazing talent.
“The scholar Alfred Tobler reports that the first documented reference to yodeling in Europe was as early as 1545,” Daniel Sheehy, director and curator of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, told smithsonianmag.com. “But yodeling can be heard in Persian classical music, African Pygmy music, Scandinavian music, the Mexican son huasteco and other musical traditions. Such a range suggests it originated millennia ago and in an indeterminable place.”
What’s old is new again, as the saying goes — especially when delivered by a kid with guts and talent. That kid, by the way, went straight from Coachella to none other than Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, as TMZ reported. Ramsey said it had long been one of his dreams. Where to next, young fella? (And just in case you’re wondering: He’s got over 200,000 followers on Twitter already.)
Deirdre Reilly is a senior editor for LifeZette.