Mason Ramsey’s New EP, ‘Falls Into Place,’ Showcases His Musical Evolution: ‘This Is Not the Same Mason’
The new collection marks the rising star’s first project in four years.
Mason Ramsey; Photo by Libby Danforth
You may remember Mason Ramsey yodeling along to Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” at a Walmart back in 2018, a video that broke the internet and amassed over 25 million views. Now five years later, Mason Ramsey is a talented singer-songwriter who is about to solidify his place within the country music industry.
Dropping Friday (Oct. 20) via Atlantic Records, the star-in-the-making unveils his highly anticipated EP titled Falls Into Place. Following his EP’s from 2018 and 2019: Famous and Twang – this new collection is the 16-year-old’s best body of work so far.
Consisting of five must-hear tracks, “Next Right Thing,” “Falls Into Place,” “All I Wanna Be,” “She Got It Outta Me” and “Reasons To Come Home,” Falls Into Place serves as the perfect display of the growth Ramsey has experienced since being deemed the “Walmart Yodeling Kid” at age 11. With these songs, he highlights family, self-discovery, and more.
While discussing the EP in an exclusive interview with Country Now, the soon-to-be country star gushed, “I think of the new EP as a rebranding to country music. I feel like the EP is more of me and my goal of what I’m trying to go towards in country.”
“All the songs, they’re kind of a little bit different than country music nowadays,” he continued passionately, teasing what exactly Falls Into Place will entail. “Obviously none of my songs talk about drinking or alcohol or anything crazy, and I try and keep everything real, and then I just go from there.”
Finding Inspiration In Real-Life Experiences
Rather than focusing on the partying stigma associated with country music, the meaning behind all five songs on Falls Into Place stem from Mason Ramsey’s different life experiences.
“‘Reasons To Come Home’ was one of them. I wrote that one about my grandparents, because you know, they’re getting older and I know I don’t have a whole lot of time left with them, so I just want to enjoy those moments while I can,” the country crooner revealed.
“‘Next Right Thing’ would have been for my aunt, because she always tells me to do the next right thing, and you know, that’s kind of why I always have family with me. They’re very supportive of me and they’re very caring of me, and so I think that family played a big role in this EP,” he concluded with a grin.
Sonically, Ramsey is trying to “bring country back from the nineties with a little bit of rock and roll flavor,” a sound that is sure to tickle the fancy of country music lovers.
While “Reasons To Come Home,” “Next Right Thing” and “She Got It Outta Me” are already available to stream on all platforms, having been released sporadically throughout this year, “Falls Into Place” and “All I Wanna Be” have never been heard before.
Mason Ramsey revealed the meaning behind both of these soon-to-be-released tracks, beginning with the title track, “Falls Into Place.”
“When I was in the write, I was like, you know, ‘My life is going pretty smoothly, and obviously I love what I do, and I love my fans, because without them, you know, none of this would happen,’ and I just said that everything just felt like it was falling into place,” the Illinois native explained. “Next thing I knew, I had a few words going. A hook and then a melody.”
“It just felt like at the time everything was falling into place, and so I wanted to write about everything falling into place, so that’s what I did,” he concluded with a laugh.
Stepping Away From His Yodeling Days
As for “All I Wanna Be,” Ramsey talks about shying away from his classification as the “Walmart Yodeling Kid,” wanting to be taken seriously as an emerging country artist. It appears he is already well on his to way accomplishing this goal seeing as how he is the youngest major label artist to be signed in the genre in nearly two decades.
“I wrote this one back in 2019, and it just talks about basically my life from being in a Walmart and singing ‘Lovesick Blues,’ and then from everyone calling me, you know, a meme and branding me as something that I didn’t want to be branded as,” the rising country star reveals.
He continued, “I just put basically all my words into a song, saying that all I want to be is me. I don’t want to be somebody else. I just want to be me.”
“The Haters Really Kind Of Fuel My Performance”
To follow, the 16-year-old proceeded to elaborate on how he was able to shake his reputation as the “Walmart Yodeling Kid,” as well as deal with those who may still define him as a meme.
He dished, “This may sound funny, and I talk about this a little bit in my documentary that will be coming out soon… I talk about how the haters really kind of fuel my performance on stage, and you know, obviously I can’t just go in their head and physically change their mind. They have to kind of see me differently as they get older and really understand what I’m trying to get to.”
“I want them to think that, you know, this is not the same Mason that they’ve seen back in 2018, 2019 and a little bit of 2020. This is the grown-up Mason that has, you know, style-wise changed a little bit, and is getting more comfortable with songwriting in general and just more comfortable with music,” the Atlantic Records recording artist disclosed.
Even More In The Works
As mentioned, Ramsey has a documentary on the way, as well as his brand new EP hitting all music streaming platforms this Friday, but that’s not all he has in the works.
“This is definitely the first wave for this year. I’ve been waiting for this music to be put out for a few months before ‘Reasons To Come Home’ actually was put out, so all this is super exciting to me,” the talented singer-songwriter prefaced, before revealing some thrilling news.
“We do have a Christmas song coming out. I didn’t write it. It’s a cover song,” he teased. “With that, there’s going to be like a few more songs as well. So like I said, I can’t give away a whole lot, but that’s about as much as I can give away.”
To celebrate the release of Falls In Place, Mason Ramsey will be performing a sold-out show at the Mercury Lounge in New York, NY on Friday. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 28, he will take the stage of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
To stay up to date on all Mason Ramsey’s forthcoming projects and shows, visit his official website.
Melanie has been writing for Country Now since August of 2023. Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, she graduated from Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in 2023 with a BA in Journalism. During her free time, she loves going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite TV shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).