An Irish singer who has a love for country music has caused a stir with his unique cover of Garth Brooks‘ hit track, “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”
The 19-year-old talent hails from Galway, Ireland, and credits Brooks as his all-time favorite musician and hero.
“I listen to Garth all day every day,” O’Donnell told The Advocate. “And when I heard Garth sing ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge,’ I fell in love with it. The lyrics, that fiddle playing and that good old Cajun country stole my heart.”
He filmed a music video of his Gaelic rendition of the classic Brooks track, which showed a crowd of excited concertgoers boot scootin’ and line dancing inside a concert hall at his college.
“From the very start until the end of the song, the whole place was rocking,” O’Donnell explained. “There was some line dancing going on, and I was even wearing my Garth Brooks shirt. There was a real country feel to it all. It was all unfolding before my eyes as I performed the song on stage. Everybody was on a high, the atmosphere was electric, and everybody loved the song. It was like their anthem — which filled me with joy.”
Since he posted the video two years ago, it’s earned hundreds of thousands of hits and has made O’Donnell a hometown celebrity. The video helped him earn a record deal, and he’ll soon release his debut album that will feature both an English and Irish version of the famous track. One day, he hopes to travel to the famed town of Baton Rouge to perform his favorite song for a crowd of fellow country music lovers.
Click below to watch Matthew O’Donnell perform his Gaelic rendition of Garth Brooks’ “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”