The small town boy from Golconda, Illinois who captured the attention of the internet with his yodeling performance at Walmart made a special appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Mason Ramsey stopped by to talk with Ellen about what he hopes to accomplish with his yodeling career, and his first-ever trip on an airplane.
When Ellen asked Ramsey if he was enjoying L.A., the 11-year-old responded, "Yeah, but I'm a country boy, and out in the old country, all we do is bale straws of hay, and next thing you know you're sittin' under a tree takin' a nap with your hat down and a weed in your mouth."
Ramsey told Ellen that the tradition of yodeling runs in his family and that his grandfather yodels. He also explained that his biggest dreams are to perform at the Grand Opry and attend college when he grows up. When Ellen asks why he chose to perform at Walmart, he gave a very matter-of-fact response. "That's the only store we've got," he replied.
During the show, Ramsey performed a rendition of Hank Williams Sr.'s "Lovesick Blues” for the audience. After his performance, Ellen surprised him with two gifts. First, she fulfilled Ramsey’s dream of performing at the Grand Opry—the young yodeler will hit the stage this coming Saturday. Secondly, Ellen presented him with a check from Walmart to the tune of $15,000 to go to college. Not bad for a boy who was performing in their aisles just last week.
Watch Ramsey’s full interview and performance above.