12-year-old viral yodeling sensation Mason Ramsey will tell anyone who asks that he’s not a big fan of football anymore.
Basketball is his favorite sport, which makes sense given his roots in southern Illinois. He used to like football more, but now it’s not nearly as exciting to him as basketball.
But on Saturday afternoon, Ramsey added one extra stop to his “How’s Your Girl & How’s Your Family” tour. The Billboard top-100 singer, with cowboy boots and all, sang the national anthem in front of 85,946 people before the start of Nebraska’s Red-White Spring Game.
“90,000? That’s as much as there was at Stagecoach!” Ramsey joked when he found out about the crowd total he had just sang for. He made internet fame again last year when he was brought out to sing at the California country music festival last April.
One year after going viral for singing Hank Williams’ hit “Lovesick Blues” in a local Wal-Mart, the buzz around Ramsey has yet to quiet down. When announced to the crowd, the Nebraska student section went crazy.
Following his performance, he posed for pictures with cheerleaders and fans, pretended to box with Lil Red, then donned an oversized Nebraska sweater and watched the first quarter of the scrimmage from the sideline before going to his seat.
Following the anthem, he received a long and loud ovation. He is set to perform at the Bourbon Theater in downtown Lincoln in front of a sold-out crowd on Saturday night.
“It’s been going good,” Ramsey said about his ongoing tour. Lincoln is the eighth stop in his 11-city tour across the country.
Ramsey’s fame over the past year has gotten him on the Ellen Degeneres show, the stage at Coachella and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Yet Saturday was just the second time he had sang the national anthem at an event, and the first time singing it before a sporting event.
He previously sang the national anthem prior to a country music festival at Nissan Stadium in Nashville last summer.
Saturday also marked the first time he had ever been to Nebraska.
“First time, never been to Nebraska before,” Ramsey said. “It’s very cold here, very very cold.”
For the record, it was 50 degrees and sunny, albeit with a strong wind.
When asked if he was excited about his upcoming show later, he said only kind of. Why?
“I don’t know, I’m just bein’ silly.”