A delightful cover of "I Saw A Tiger," the insane country anthem from "Tiger King"

First of all: if you haven't watched Netflix's Tiger King documentary series yet, then what the hell are you waiting for? It's got everything: tiger, ligers, lions, and bears; gay polygamists who are also straight; murder cover-ups galore; lots and lots of meth; fucking tigers; straight polygamists who are really just harem cult leaders who also own tigers; mullets; tigers; country pop songs about tigers and the Deep State; more meth mouth; more tigers; more polyamory; more conspiracies; FBI entrapment schemes; strip club owners who are also narcs; that libertarian campaign manager who actually seems like a decent guy; the multiple employees with amputated limbs who also seem like decent people in spite of their tragic stories; more guns and explosions; and of course, tigers.

But one thing it doesn't go into enough in its already-overpacked-seven-episodes is the Tiger King's alleged music career. While the series shows some clips from Joe "Tiger King" Exotic's country music videos, it doesn't explain who actually wrote and produced those songs, or let you hear any of them in their full WTF glory.

Slate was fortunate enough to interview the songwriters involved in such hits as "I Saw A Tiger" — and if you've seen the show, you won't be surprised that they were kind of conned by Joe Exotic, too, just like everyone else around him.

But perhaps even more glorious is that people like BJ Barham (above), one of my favorite alt-country singer/songwriters and the frontman for American Aquarium, has already taken to covering Joe Exotic's Tiger songs. Read the rest

Ellen surprises 'Walmart yodeling kid' with a spot on the Grand Ole Opry stage

Eleven-year-old Mason Ramsey has been getting a lot of attention since a video of him yodeling recently went viral. At the end of last month, he performed Hank Williams Sr.'s "Lovesick Blues" for a crowd gathered inside a Walmart in Harrisburg, Illinois and someone posted the video online (which has since been picked up by ViralHog):

This week, Mason was invited to be a guest on Ellen. The midwestern boy showed up in fancy western duds and when Ellen asked why he performs in a Walmart, he explained, "Well, because, that's the only store we've got." The Harrisburg store where he performed in the video is about 30 miles from his hometown of Golconda.

He also told Ellen that he dreamed of performing at the Grand Ole Opry someday.

After performing a song on the show, Ellen told him that she snagged him a place on the Grand Ole Opry stage this Saturday. Needless to say, he was thrilled.

It looks like he goes on right after Ricky Skaggs:

Oh yeah, people from all over have been recreating Mason's viral moment:

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