Mark Wills to play with John Berry at Amphitheater at Las Colonias

Mark Wills Photo credit: Michael Gomez



John Berry



Mark Wills hit it hot in country music in the late ‘90s.

In 1998, he was the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist and a number of chart-climbing songs to his name: “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Places I’ve Never Been,” “I Do (Cherish You),” “Don’t Laugh at Me” and more.

Today, Wills has seven studio albums and six compilation albums and a sound well-known to country music fans.

Wills and guest John Berry will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave.

General admission tickets cost $15 and reserve-seating tickets cost $25. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

In anticipation of this concert, here are a few things to know about Wills, to jog your memory or prompt your interest.

There’s more to Wills’ name. Wills was born Daryl Mark Williams, and his birthday is actually coming up soon: Aug. 8. He’ll be 44.

Say hello to Huckleberry. Wills was the voice for an anthropomorphic animal Huckleberry Finn in the animated musical movie “Tom Sawyer” released in 2000.

Also in the cast were country artists Rhett Akins (Tom Sawyer), Lee Ann Womack (Becky Thatcher) and Hank Williams Jr. (Injun Joe).

Does Wills actually answer folks on Facebook? Yes, according to an interview with Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International (the interview can be found on YouTube).

There are others who post tour dates and such, Wills said, “But if it’s a response. It’s me…. if it doesn’t have somebody else’s name on it, it’s me. And, and typically extremely sarcastic, which is sometimes good and sometimes not.”


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