Vi­ral Wal­mart yo­del kid announces de­but al­bum

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Kristin Hall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It was only a mat­ter of time, just a cou­ple of months ac­tu­ally, be­fore a pre­teen boy cap­tured in a vi­ral video yo­del­ing in a Wal­mart put out a record.

Ma­son Ram­sey, the adorable 11-year-old whose ver­sion of a Hank Wil­liams clas­sic has been watched more than 50 mil­lion times on YouTube and spawned mul­ti­ple remixes, will put out his first al­bum on July 20.

Ti­tled “Fa­mous,” the EP in­cludes a mix of new songs and coun­try clas­sics, in­clud­ing the song that made Ma­son an overnight In­ter­net sen­sa­tion, “Lovesick Blues.”

Raised in the small town of Gol­conda, Illi­nois, Ram­sey said his grand­fa­ther taught him to sing when he was 3 years old and he started per­form­ing at nursing homes, restau­rants and fairs. “When I started to sing, I guess you could say it was good for a 3-year-old,” Ram­sey said in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

But it took him weeks to dis­cover that his im­promptu Wal­mart per­for­mance had gone vi­ral be­cause his fam­ily didn’t have in­ter­net ac­cess at their home. They got a call from pro­duc­ers with “The Ellen Show,” and he was flown to Los An­ge­les — his firstever plane ride — to be a guest on the show.

Ram­sey signed a record deal with Big Loud Records and At­lantic Records, and he’s been pop­ping up every­where, from Coachella, Stagecoach and the Grand Ole Opry. He will be open­ing for Florida Ge­or­gia Line at their Las Ve­gas res­i­dency later this year.

His six-song EP in­cludes cov­ers of other Wil­liams tunes in­clud­ing, “Jam­bal­aya (On the Bayou)” and “I Saw the Light,” and his sin­gle “Fa­mous,” which was co-writ­ten by Florida Ge­or­gia Line’s Tyler Hub­bard. Ram­sey said he warned pro­ducer Joey Moi not to use any ef­fects on his vo­cals for the record be­cause he said the ef­fects “make you sound like a ro­bot.”

Through­out all the ex­cite­ment of the last few months, Ram­sey said his main goal is to keep per­form­ing un­til he’s an old man.

“Fame is a good thing, but you have to use it in good ways,” Ram­sey said. “Fame is a thing where peo­ple can overdo it and get a big head. Most of all fam­ily is more im­por­tant than any­thing.”

/ AP-Al Wag­ner, File

Ma­son Ram­sey, a pre­teen Illi­nois boy who went vi­ral on­line in a video of him singing and yo­del­ing in a Wal­mart store, is re­leas­ing his first al­bum July 20.

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