They Turned the Wal-Mart Yodeling Boy Into Pop Country Garbage
Wow. There’s truly nothing sacred in country music anymore. And the latest example is how they just took the Wal-Mart yodeling boy who went mega viral in part from the purity of classic country greatness he displayed covering a Hank Williams song, and in just a few short weeks, have now completely transformed him into commercial pop country product.
Beyond the memes and remixes and silly stuff, the original appeal and the reason Yodel Boy went viral was it awakened the love and memories for what country music once was in the hearts of millions. Mason Ramsey’s performance in a random Wal-Mart aisle seemed to speak to something missing and lost in today’s society. But of course what was cool about it to all of us is what got the music industry seeing dollar signs. So what do they do? They signed him up to a major label, and put Florida Georgia Line’s producer in charge. I’m not kidding. It’s so sinister, you can’t make it up.
When they should have let the whole Yodel Boy phenomenon chart its own course to see what Mason Ramsey would develop into as an original artist, they have now completely ruined this kid’s entire narrative. As everyone was finally moving on from the whole thing to the next viral sensation, Mason Ramsey’s parents were signing paperwork with Atlantic Records and Big Loud—the home of such country music scourges as Chris Lane, Jake Owen, and Morgan Wallen.
Then they hook Mason Ramsey up with Joey Moi, truly the worst producer in country music history, who jumped off his long-time gig as Nickelback’s producer to latch himself to Florida Georgia Line. “Famous” was written by Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, along with Corey Crowder, Sarah Buxton and Canaan Smith. I’m not sure it’s possible to even imagine a worse scenario of what could have been done with this young man.
It’s not that this “Famous” song they’ve just released to try and skim as much money off the American consumer as possible before this whole viral arc takes its eventual downturn is something that is completely terrible. Yes, it’s got just enough acoustic guitar and steel in it to make it passable as a country song. In fact by today’s standards, it’s more country than most of what you might hear on the radio. But the stupid Joey Moi drum machine clicks, the sappy “girl” lyrics, and just the entire modern approach is the exact opposite of what they should be doing with this kid.
This is “Yodel Boy” after all. Where is the damn yodel? It’s the yodel that made the entire thing interesting. What also made it interesting was the moan and the pining present in “Lovesick Blues.” Now Mason Ramsey is just another homogenized product to make money from.
One of the most poignant and telling moments of the who Yodel Boy phenomenon was when he was on Ellen, and when asked why he performed in a Wal-Mart, Mason Ramsey responded it was because Wal-Mart was the only store around. It spoke to just how homogenized American culture has become. It was the contrast of hearing music that was so unique and unusual to the modern ear in the confines of a modern Wal-Mart aisle that fueled the sensation in the first place. And now the Wal-Mart Yodeling Boy might as well just be the Wal-Mart Boy—yet another mass-produced plastic product set to self-destruct as soon as the warranty wears off so you have to go to Wal-Mart to buy another one.
God bless Mason Ramsey, and hopefully he can figure out on his own at some point that it’s no longer him everyone’s fawning over, it’s the money they can make off of him.
April 27, 2018 @ 8:53 am
I’d like to know if the kid had any say-so in terms of whom he wanted to work withers hooe the kid realizes what a huge mistake he’s making and gets the hell out of Dodge whule he still can.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:40 am
He’s 11-years-old. He has no idea what labels are good and bad, or what producers he’d work best with, or even what a producer is.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:17 am
Triggerman, then someone needs to inform him & his family ASAP about how shitty of a producer this fuckwit truly is. They’re gonna ruin this kid and that can’t happen.
April 28, 2018 @ 3:55 am
What is so sad is the child is singing about something he knows nothing about. He will not be taken seriously and what happens when his voice changes! They will kikely kick him to the curb. Hope is banking whatever money he us making for his education.
April 27, 2018 @ 8:56 am
Wow…that guy produced both Nickelback AND Florida-Georgia Line…talk about a suckfest
April 27, 2018 @ 6:15 pm
Nickelback had some good songs
April 27, 2018 @ 8:04 pm
i think your confusing Nickelback with Nickel Creek
April 28, 2018 @ 5:54 am
I can thinks of one, maybe two, that I won’t change the station if it comes on. Which is more than I can say for FGL
April 30, 2018 @ 1:22 pm
Rob, did you know hearing aid stores give free tests?
April 27, 2018 @ 9:02 am
This better than 99% of FGL and Thomas Rhett songs Hahaha
April 27, 2018 @ 9:41 am
I agree. But the worst Florida Georgia Line song is still authentic to them. There’s nothing about “Famous” that is authentic to Mason Ramsey.
April 27, 2018 @ 3:23 pm
Agreed… despite hating the song, I have no doubt that Brian Kelley or Tyler Hubbard has used the “stick the pink umbrella in your drink” line from “Sun Daze” on a woman before.That said, this song does not at all sound like something a kid of this age could write or should be singing. Period.
April 28, 2018 @ 7:21 am
You know I was actually thinking the same thing about ” Lovesick Blues”. When he got to the line “she’ll do me, she’ll do you, she’s got that kind o’ lovin'”, I cringed pretty hard at that part. Even today that’s kind of anathema for an 11 year old.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:07 am
If Joey Moi is producing this, we all know just how godawful it’s going to be.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:14 am
They murdered our boy
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April 27, 2018 @ 9:18 am
Let’s see the bro-country producers try to negotiate with the Stapleton pit bull.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:27 am
Cue the Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi meme…
“You were the chosen one! You were supposed to destroy pop-country, not join with it!”
April 28, 2018 @ 8:32 am
We lost another one to the dark side…
April 27, 2018 @ 9:32 am
And the omnigenre of music moves on… It’s depressing to see this. Instead of letting the kid develop into an artist (or not), they try to fabricate a star. We know how this movie ends. The kid will release an album, and then be largely forgotten. Any career he might have had will be gone. It’s sad to see them use a kid like this, but hopefully he makes something from it.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:43 am
It’s all so achingly predictable. Every single bit of this. It’s like the script to a bad TV movie, which is probably what’s coming next.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:33 am
No matter the production (typical pop “crossover” electronic drums and background vocals), how is this the song that you would choose for an 11 year old to sing? It just seems entirely disingenuous to the narrative that he has so far to pick a plug and play song that would have more in common with adult contemporary than anyone in his age group
April 27, 2018 @ 12:21 pm
I was just thinking the exact same thing. When I saw the title famous I was thinking in line with how he became “famous” and all not him being famous for loving a girl. Talk about a wasted opportunity.
Thanks music row, another one bites the dust
April 27, 2018 @ 9:36 am
This is child abuse and I’m mad as hell about it. Money isn’t everything, the parents are trying to cash in but at 11 it feels wrong
April 27, 2018 @ 12:45 pm
Do we know anything about the parents? I’m genuinely curious because if they are poor or middle class, I can hardly blame them for trying to capitalize on probably the one chance they or this kid have as ever making big money in a short period of time. If they are wealthy, delusional stage parents who think there kid is going to be a star, well yeah, then they are pieces of trash.
My biggest hope/fear is that whatever money this kid has made during his 15 minutes of fame, will go right into Mom and Dad’s pockets for them to blow on stupid crap for themselves, when it SHOULD go to this kids college fund so he’s set up for a successful life post-fame (which will be ending sooner rather than later).
April 28, 2018 @ 9:11 am
Yeah as a working class parent of a 9 year old, I’m not sure I’d be able to say no to an opportunity to maybe help pay for future college or something. I think it sucks that Nashville decided to go THIS route with him, but in the same position, I don’t know that I’d really pass on the opportunity for my kid to have some savings because FGL sucks.
Hard to say though.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:44 am
Exploiting this poor kid to make a buck is shameful. The song sucks, just like every other pop country song out there. Florida Georgia line is an abomination. They need to stop calling this over produced tripe something other than country. Hopefully when this kid gets a little older he will find his own voice and shun this ear pollution.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:47 am
I think everyone has been fooled by what is turning out to be just one big PR stunt. I hate to say that an 11-year old pissed me off, but I was pretty pissed off when I turned this on this morning. Why is an 11-year old singing about wanting to be famous because of his girl and talking about spending 5 more years with her. Did he start dating famous girl in preschool?
April 27, 2018 @ 9:58 am
Kyle, are you 100% that Big Loud is part of Atlantic Records? That would be news to me.
Low Country Sound, yes. Big Loud Records, don’t think so.
April 27, 2018 @ 10:22 am
Big Loud does not appear to be part of Atlantic Records, but the two labels did work out some sort of arrangement to sign Mason Ramsey together. I don’t know if that’s some sort of imprint or mutual partnership. All of this is just being announced so I’m trying to figure it out myself. I just now ran down who the songwriters were. Tyler Hubbard for the win!
April 27, 2018 @ 5:26 pm
You’re correct. It seems as if it’s a one-off joint venture. Oy vey.
April 28, 2018 @ 7:16 am
I’m sure it’s just a “distribution deal”. Gotta get the CD’s to Walmart ya know. It’s a lot easier when they’re coming out of the Atlantic warehouse with all the other releases.
April 27, 2018 @ 9:59 am
Is anyone really surprised?
April 27, 2018 @ 10:06 am
I unfortunately saw this coming when I saw pictures of this kid hanging out at Coachella with Justin Bieber.
April 27, 2018 @ 10:04 am
Beyond the fact that this is an abomination of a song, with the worst of the worst behind the effort….what in the hell do the lyrics even mean? How would he get famous for being with a girl, unless maybe it is about one of his teachers or something and we have a teacher / student scandal headline? Hell, even if this song were sung by a full grown man, it doesn’t make any sense.
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April 27, 2018 @ 3:57 pm
To be fair, in the original viral clip he was singing about being some girl’s sugar daddy, and everybody was seemingly okay with that.
You can sing a song without being the person in the song. Songs and autobiographies aren’t the same thing. When Herman’s Hermits sang “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” nobody complained that the song didn’t truly reflect Peter Noone’s marital status, nor the marital history of the widow next door.
But this is still awful.
April 27, 2018 @ 4:37 pm
Well ya, cause it was a hank song, not his, in the original video
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April 28, 2018 @ 1:26 am
Not really sure what that has to do with anything. Famous isn’t any more “his” than Lovesick Blues was. Both were written by other people.
Hell, Lovesick Blues isn’t even Hank’s for that matter. It was an old song when he sang it. Nobody here is singing about their own experiences, not even Hank.
April 28, 2018 @ 5:35 am
Pretty literalist take for a Brit.
The song is strongly identified with Hank Williams. It was his breakout hit and he was known for a while as the Lovesick Blues Boy. The kid pretty much did a faithful rendition of Hank’s version. So, practically speaking , he was covering a country classic by one of the masters. Sort of like karaoke. It’s a bit different than singing a new, very pedestrian pop country “love” song.
April 28, 2018 @ 7:45 am
It’s still possible to sing someone else’s song and have it relate to your own experiences. Sometimes some else’s words frame your emotions better than your own.
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April 28, 2018 @ 12:52 pm
I agree entirely. All I am saying is that one can sing a song without actually having experienced the story the viewpoint character of the song is telling, which is what people who didn’t like the little boy singing about his supposed love-life seemed to be objecting to.
I just don’t think that singing a classic Hank Williams song that you never experienced the story of is really any different from singing a song written by some Music Row hack a couple of weeks ago (that you also didn’t experience). The only difference in my eyes is that one is a really good song and the other is awful.
April 27, 2018 @ 10:15 am
The lyrics were written by 25-45 year old Music Row songwriters with a 5th grade reading level.
April 27, 2018 @ 10:25 am
I’ve never read a more accurate description of Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. He reads in emoji.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:21 am
He reads in emoji.
That has to be the most accurate description of his reading level. You outdid yourself this time, Trigger.
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April 27, 2018 @ 12:58 pm
And he went to Belmont University!
April 27, 2018 @ 10:22 am
Oh, and Joey Moi can go canuck himself, preferably with a fence post with strands of rusty barbed wire still affixed to it.
The only good things to come out of Canada: Norm Macdonald and Hank Snow.
April 28, 2018 @ 6:54 am
The only good things to come out of Canada? How about Lightfoot, Mitchell, Young and Cohen?
April 28, 2018 @ 8:05 am
April 28, 2018 @ 8:11 am
Bare was born in Ohio.
April 28, 2018 @ 5:22 pm
Corb Lund? Ian Tyson? Lindi Ortega?
Lots of great country comes from Canaduh.
April 27, 2018 @ 10:26 am
With how few people actually make it in music I hope the kids parents take any money he makes and put it in a college fund.
April 27, 2018 @ 10:26 am
April 27, 2018 @ 10:56 am
Another door opened and another door Music Row slammed shut. This is why some people including Hank 3 call Nashville Cashville… it’s all about the damn money and not the person, their soul, and their music. Welcome to Nashville Mason… er uh… Cashville.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:14 am
“Dick in Dixie”-Mason Ramsey feat. Hank 3…. Anyone have any thoughts on that collab? 😂
April 27, 2018 @ 11:10 am
Not a bad song. He’s 11 years old. Whoever wrote this should be ashamed of themselves. Do something prpductive with your life and quit being a stupid cunt.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:16 am
Can’t think of anything more productive to do today than to show concern for an 11-year-old boy who’s being exploited by the system.
And by the way, normally I would never let the C-word past moderation. But I think it’s a good insight into your character.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:46 am
It’s a terrible song.
Do something with your life that doesn’t involve ruining Country Music
April 27, 2018 @ 12:27 pm
We’re not knocking the boy, dumbass. We’re pissed that Music Row turned him into something he’s not just to make a quick buck.
Oh, and a 31 year old manchild cowrote that song.
jessie with the long hair
April 27, 2018 @ 1:01 pm
I think the C-word reference was toward Sara Buxton, one of the co-writers.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:12 am
Well hopefully he will meet someone like Marty Stuart who will pull him out of the bullshit bro world, take him under his wing and get him back on track. Man this is infuriating. Of course those bastards had to pollute the one little bit of purity in the mainstream. Poor little guy.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:15 am
What the holy fuck? Plug and play shit. Somebody call Social Services.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:25 am
It’s enough to make a preacher cuss,or want to.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:35 am
Are people really going to pay money for this?
It’s just a kid with a decent kid voice, talk-rap-singing a nonsensical lyric my 4th grader could have bested over computerized rhythm.
If I wanted to listen to something like this I’d tell my kid to invite some friends over and record it on GarageBand on my iPhone.
And who cares if he can yodel? What does that have to do with anything?
April 27, 2018 @ 12:39 pm
Um, yodeling was kinda his claim to fame.
April 27, 2018 @ 1:19 pm
And he didn’t even have to yodel. Hank Sr is not a yodeler.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:55 am
I need a shirt that says
“warning, does not play nice with Luke Bryan fans”
April 27, 2018 @ 12:07 pm
On top of that, they autotuned the poor kid!
April 27, 2018 @ 12:11 pm
On a brighter note Randall King put out a killer country album today. Is he on your radar trigg?
April 27, 2018 @ 12:44 pm
Yes. Busy release season continues. I am cramming as many records as I can into my brain, and posting reviews when I’m happy with them.
April 27, 2018 @ 2:50 pm
Sounds good to me!
April 27, 2018 @ 5:03 pm
Thanks for the heads up. Great traditional voice. It’s surely to put a smile on Honky’s face!
April 28, 2018 @ 4:30 am
Wouldn’t count on that.
April 27, 2018 @ 12:21 pm
And Maddie and Tae dropped a new single today too. Sounds like some pop-country shit to me… but I’ll let Trigger be the judge of that.
April 27, 2018 @ 12:37 pm
Made it 46 seconds. Good God, this so inappropriate for an 11 year old. Not to mention the song blows. Spare me the handclaps.
April 27, 2018 @ 12:40 pm
Who cares? I’m sorry, but from the start this kid was treated as little more than a carnival-esque sideshow and he was never going to have some sort of series traditional Country music career once his 15 minutes of viral fame were up. His video gained popularity through a mix of social media poking fun of a kid dressed up like Woody from Toy Story singing in some Southern Wal-Mart and parents/grandparents on social media finding him cute. He appeared on Ellen because the people who turn into her show (primarily bored, suburban housewives) found him cute and he appeared on Coachella as a joke to drugged out trust-fund Millennials.
In the end, hopefully whatever money this kid made/makes off his fleeting fame won’t be abused by his parents and can instead be put towards his college fund and he can be set up as well as anyone his age can be. This song sucks, but I really don’t understand why anyone expected this to end up any different way.
April 27, 2018 @ 12:44 pm
is that autotune? sounds like justin bieber with fake steel guitar
April 27, 2018 @ 12:49 pm
There is nothing new about this. Hes got more talent than Luke Bryan. Hes a kid..let him enjoy his moment.
April 27, 2018 @ 1:02 pm
Further proof that we haven’t see the bottom yet.
April 27, 2018 @ 1:06 pm
I live for your articles. On point every single time.
April 27, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
Today’s so-called ‘ country music ‘ sucks. It might be wha producers/music executives who have never heard true country music think it is. Here’s how a hint: St. Hank, St. Lefty, Brother Waylon, Sister Tammy and Deacon George. There are the pillars of real country music.
April 27, 2018 @ 1:25 pm
Here’s hoping he gets a little bit of play on the radio stations I don’t listen to, so he can get on a bill with someone else I don’t listen to, and then subject that crowd (that I won’t be in) to this crappy song and then 45 minutes of classic country greatness.
April 27, 2018 @ 1:31 pm
Trigg – off topic, but have you heard anything more about Sturgill’s sinus surgery that he mentioned in the Rogan interview? Was it recent? I just came across this video from a few days ago, and he sounds clearer and less nasally than ever. Amazing. Awesome California Women cover too…..he was born for that one! Could just be a better than usual sound system, or he has done some work on his technique with his recent down time. But, seeing how stark a difference this is even vs. his SNL appearance with Stapleton, one has to wonder about the surgery.
April 27, 2018 @ 4:07 pm
His sinus surgery was right after the 2017 Grammy Awards, so over a year ago. From what I understand it was a success, and he’s fine now. Not sure if it will affect his singing significantly, aside from meaning he will be sick much less often, with post nasal drip not affecting his vocal chords.
April 27, 2018 @ 2:26 pm
Saving Country you are spot on! God bless the little boy and his future. Here’s my latest video….havent heard a word from Atlantic…https://youtu.be/Yv4GhvZKqeM
April 27, 2018 @ 2:33 pm
Where is the logic behind having a kid who loves Hank Williams singing this crap? Just one more vote for the inappropriateness of the song.
April 27, 2018 @ 2:46 pm
Where is Jamey Johnsin when he is needed??
C mon Jamey purify this mess
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April 28, 2018 @ 4:44 pm
Jamey Johnson invited Sadie McClendon on stage tonight. She’s 10 !
April 27, 2018 @ 3:24 pm
I saw you mentioned Morgan Wallen in this. The new Morgan Wallen album actually isn’t that bad. I’m surprised at the production of most of it. It’s not at all like the last FGL album. I listened to it in full waiting for that pop garbage song to come up and it did at “If I Know Me.” But other than that, and maybe “Up Down,” this album isn’t too terribly bad (unlike Keith Urban’s new pop fiasco.) Sure the lyrics leave a lot to be desired, but its refreshing to make it through a mainstream album without throwing up in my mouth multiple times and getting an insanely bad migraine after the second song.
I’m not saying it’s great or even good by any standards, but I’d be fine hearing a few of these songs on the radio. Definitely more substance and better instrumentation than Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, or any mainstream mega star that has released an album recently. If you’re gonna listen to a song off of it, check out “Chasin’ You” or “If I Ever Get You Back.” Both have a decent vibe to em. Would like to hear your thoughts about it if you listen to it.
April 27, 2018 @ 3:27 pm
The poor kid has such misery in his eyes here… look at 2:40 in the video. He looks like he’s completely out of it, just going through the motions. They didn’t even bother to sync up the recording with his lips properly at that point in the video. That’s not even mentioning how poor of judgment you’d have to have to give this song to an 11-year old… come on, this sounds like a song that was pitched to, and rejected by, Luke Combs.
April 27, 2018 @ 4:13 pm
Too young for this song. Where’s the yodeling.
April 27, 2018 @ 4:29 pm
At least he’ll have some money to put into his college fund and some cool memories for when he gets older.
April 27, 2018 @ 6:19 pm
A few people have mentioned that. However, you have to make the label a shit ton of money before you see a dime, usually. Not saying I know the whole story in this particular case, but most major labels advance you money but then subtract out the recording, marketing and other costs. Most major label artists don’t see any money in the end…. only the really big ones, and something tells me this may not be the case here.
April 27, 2018 @ 6:31 pm
No matter what, he’ll still have memories. Noone really expected him to save country music i hope…
April 28, 2018 @ 10:02 am
I would assume he/his family made SOME money off the Ellen and Coachella appearances. Maybe not a ton, but at least enough that can get the ball rolling on some smart investment options. Granted, depending on the socio-economic status of his family, that money may sadly be used in other ways.
April 28, 2018 @ 4:02 pm
If, and that’s if, they were paid to appear; with 360 deals, the label get a cut too, and often it’s everything, until they make ALL their money they spent back first. After that they give a small amount back to the artist. Most people don’t know how little money there is working with non-independent labels (unless the artist become a superstar). Maybe I’m wrong in this case, in fact I hope I am.
April 27, 2018 @ 4:38 pm
For me it’s sad to see what becomes of child music stars I.e.. Justin Bieber, LeAnn Rhimes, Billy Gilman.
Their adult lives turn into the tragedy of Hank Williams life only sooner.
April 27, 2018 @ 5:07 pm
COUNTRY MUSIC DEEPSTATE.
April 27, 2018 @ 6:46 pm
kid’s got a great voice ….
too bad the song IS AN ABSOLUTE PIECE OF DERIVATIVE SHIT Just one more needless piece of GENERIC ,wordy ,underwritten, no substance ,no character ,no melody ,forgettable piece of SHIT .
April 27, 2018 @ 8:39 pm
did you say SHIT , albert ?
April 27, 2018 @ 8:40 pm
April 27, 2018 @ 8:41 pm
but sarah buxton used to write some great stuff ?
April 27, 2018 @ 8:41 pm
April 27, 2018 @ 7:05 pm
Doing this to Mason is the purest form of self-serving cynicism I’ve ever seen.
It’s like watching Opie cut a commercial for Diet Coke.
April 28, 2018 @ 2:29 pm
Well, if the Andy Griffith Show was just created today, that’s probably what would have happened. America 2018 — All the sacred cows have been slaughtered.
April 27, 2018 @ 7:25 pm
it Was a tactical move by the industry. They saw the sensation of this kid and how he represented something they didn’t and could hurt there market dominance if this kid actually persuaded listeners away from crappy pop country. So they eliminated him from the equation by roping him and his parents in for money. Cheaper to pay this kid and make a little money wow doing it then to lose millions as listeners finally open there eyes realizing they have been duped and sold a bag of nothingness for the past decade or so.
April 27, 2018 @ 11:25 pm
Nashville has him now…
April 28, 2018 @ 4:28 am
Fuck Florida Georgia Line and fuck all the vultures that are ruining this kid’s life.
Mainstream Country music needs its ass whipped.
April 28, 2018 @ 8:07 am
Am I the only one who finds the name ” yodeling boy ” funny?
April 28, 2018 @ 4:42 pm
I love it. I didn’t care for the Hank thing.
Joey Moi is a brilliant producer. Love his work with Nickelback and Florida Georgia Line. Two of my favs.
I say carry on little dude. This is my kind of country right here.
April 28, 2018 @ 4:50 pm
The Justin Bieber of Wal-Mart. When you are that young what can you actually sing about with any authenticity. Life hasn’t hit you in the balls. You’ve barely been dating…
I mean it took The Beatles a few albums to get beyond the Love Me Do teenybooper stuff.
April 28, 2018 @ 11:15 pm
“Baby” by Justin Bieber was an age appropriate song and you knew he was singing to a young audience. The rap part even says “playground” so we all knew it was a “puppy love” kind of song. This one, to me, is trying way too hard to appeal to an older audience instead of taking the opportunity to market his appeal to kids his age. Money wise, I think they are missing the mark too because kids have an amazing amount of power over what their parents spend money on. Give them this cute, wholesome kid whose songs are family friendly and you’ve got a whole lot of money in the bank. As a country music publicist, I get the appeal and the rush to “cash in” but moving slower would make for a sustainable career and provide a better narrative if you ask me.
April 28, 2018 @ 5:47 pm
Did anyone watch the YouTube accompanying video to the “Famous” one that Trigger posted above – it’s titled The Untold Truth Of The Walmart Kid Yodeler. It sheds a little more light on the kid. Apparently he’s been performing since he was three and has actually opened for Josh Turner, Kenny Rogers and The Bellamy Brothers to name a few from this YT clip. That Lovesick Blues in Wal-Mart that went viral was just a set up to get him noticed more and it certainly did the trick. Agreed the song they gave him to record is horrible but he may be the next Billy Gillman who was also 11 when his song “One Voice” became a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000.
April 29, 2018 @ 7:45 am
In five years the kid’s family will be broke and none of us will remember this.
April 29, 2018 @ 9:32 am
Anybody here seen Emi Sunshine do Jolene? She’s 13-
April 29, 2018 @ 3:16 pm
Yes! I did see that on the TV a few weeks ago. I found it moving to the point that I became teary eyed by her performance.
April 29, 2018 @ 9:45 am
Just leave the kid alone why do wehave to judge an 11 year old..Especially since hes done nothing wrong.he just wants to sing…so just back off…
April 29, 2018 @ 9:53 am
Nobody’s attacking the kid here, and this seems to be a very common misconception from people who misunderstand that it’s not the kid, but whomever hooked him up with the wrong people who are to blame. Mason Ransey’s well being is what’s behind this criticism.
April 30, 2018 @ 5:25 am
Are we not sure this wasn’t the plan all along and this wasn’t really anything ‘viral’ and that it was all staged? Meaning, they heard about this kid before and felt the Wal Mart video would be a great marketing tool? I find it hard to believe some kid just decided to yodel in Wal Mart and all the sudden he’s working with major producers.
April 30, 2018 @ 9:24 am
Yes, conspiracy theories abound, but I don’t see this as a real possibility. The conspiracy was hatched after the video went viral.
April 30, 2018 @ 10:02 pm
It’s a joke. Incredible that they sniff out ANY semblance of real country music being heard again. I mean – the kids 11. Billy Gilman Style. He will be in rehab before you know it and another Aaron Carter / Gillman / *puthisnamehere* statistic that Craig Wiseman will have to account for when his “live like you were dyin” days come to an end.
Dirt Road Derek
May 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Bingo. A pure country voice ruined by corporate greed.