Photo Credit: Karen Hampton
I’ve been a Mark Wills fan for a long time. It’s been at least 10 years since I met him at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., following one of his shows. I remember the performance, he had is little girl on stage with him. She was about two, I think. I We haven’t heard much from Mark lately. He had some great songs. Love songs, like Jacob’s Ladder; sad songs, like “Wish You Were Here,” and fun songs, like “1970 Something.” Yes, I remember Stretch Armstrong, too.
Now, he has a great song. The song is called “Looking for America.” I may be reading more into the lyrics than I should be – but to me, the message is clear – Buy American-made products, put Americans back to work. It’s a song that helps us remember how things were – when this country was one of the greatest industrial nations in the world. Mark has noticed the factories are missing now.
But it says so much more than that. Mark isn’t just talking about factories closing. He isn’t just talking about putting people back to work. This is a well-written song, and it’s being sung by a great vocalist. And, it’s also telling us about the freedoms we have in this country that we don’t ever want to lose. It talks about regaining our values. This country has changed, and not all the changes have been for the better. Mark has outdone himself. This is definitely a great song, and he and the writers, Bernie Nelson, Jeremy Bussey and Philip Douglas, are to be commended. Personally, I think Mark has got himself a hit.
It’s not a song that I heard on the radio. Not yet, anyway – but I’m certain I will. In fact, I plan to call and request it. I was fortunate to get a ‘Tweet’ recently telling me where I could go to a web site called Looking for America. The web site also has items that you can purchase. Items made in the U.S.A. I hope you will all check this out, and show your support.
The first thing I found on the web site was this video by Mark Wills. If you have trouble viewing the video below, click here.
Here’s one of the comments about the video from the YouTube page: “This song is remarkable! It always seems when our country is going through tough times, a song comes along that is an anthem to help our spirit and our belief in America. This song is that song for what we are going through right now! Kudos to the writers on an incredible song and thanks to Mark Wills for putting his amazing vocals to these words! This song is so moving and reminds me of the greatness it is to be an American!”
Great to have Mark back in country music. and what a way to return! Great song, great video – and I hope it will get played everywhere.
I will talk to you all later. I hope you have a great Wednesday! Drop me a line – always love hearing from each of you!