The Golconda, Illinois, native paid a visit to Ellen Tuesday (April 10), performing his rendition of Hank Williams Sr.’s “Lovesick Blues” and talking with Ellen DeGeneres about his Walmart performances. But first, DeGeneres wanted to hear how Ramsey enjoyed trip to Los Angeles, as his Ellen visit marked his first time on an airplane.
“Yeah, but I’m a country boy,” he told DeGeneres when she asked if he liked LA. “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.”
In line with his country roots, Ramsey expressed to DeGeneres that yodeling runs in his family — although he hilariously admitted that his grandpa Ernie isn’t so great at it — and it’s his dream to one day perform at the Grand Ole Opry. While a Walmart store might not seem like the most promising stepping stone to get to a place like the Opry, Ramsey says there’s not much else his 700-person town can offer for performance space: “That’s the only store we’ve got.”
Ramsey told DeGeneres that he’s performed at Walmart “like 50,000 times,” but looked as happy as can be to bring his “Lovesick Blues” cover to the Ellen stage. And in pure Ellen fashion, DeGeneres had a few surprises up her sleeve for the budding viral country star. Watch Ramsey’s full appearance below.