Ted Yoder — "Dulcimer Dad"
Ted Yoder’s cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016, with more than 101 million views from fans around the world. When a barefooted Yoder performed the hit on his hammered dulcimer in his Indiana family’s backyard with their pet raccoon, he immediately became an Internet sensation known as “Dulcimer Dad.” His unique performance style in popular songs including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and classics such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Little Drummer Boy” has become known as “Yoderizing.”
For all the Internet hoopla, Ted Yoder is a musician with real chops. His talent and showmanship are steeped in an Appalachian musical tradition with origins that can be traced back to 300 BCE in Greece. He has played the dulcimer for decades and even won America’s National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2010. Until you hear Ted Yoder, it is impossible to imagine that one wooden stringed instrument can sound like an entire rock band or a whole symphony orchestra all in one.