NASHVILLE, December 8, 2013 – Country singer Jerald Wayne Mills aged 44 (August 16, 1969 - Novembe 23, 2013) will be buried today. Mills was a modern day outlaw, embracing a lifestyle often sung about in country and western songs and that held Mills in a unique club, as it has the likes Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and Merle Haggard, of honkey-tonking, whiskey drinking, singing, fighting and brawling artists.
Mills was raised first and foremost a country boy. From his blue collar roots in the mountains of northern Alabama, Mills was a football star, earning his degree in education before picking up the guitar with the Wayne Mills Band as songwriter and performer. Just prior to his death, Mills released “Long Hard Road” that includes the title track that tells the lonesome tale of a man making bad decisions and working through the consequences.
“My music is the combination of my country roots with the real world I have come to know,” Mills said.
One would think that was all for show. As Mills’ website says:
Outlaw by definition is one that is unconventional or rebellious.
Wayne Mills by definition is one that is a stiff-necked, country troubadour with an affinity for Honky-tonks and possessing a style of rustic simplicity.
Unfortunately the reality of being a honky-tonking outlaw crashed into Mills’ life when violence erupted during a performance with his band.
The singer was shot on November 23, 2013 at Nashville’s Pitt and Barrell Bar. Bar owner Chris Ferrell has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting. Ferrell says the shooting was in self-defense following an argument with Mills over smoking in the bar.
Mills died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, leaving behind a wife and child.
While both Mills and Ferrell had minor arrests records, neither has ever been charged for any violent crime in the past. Ferrell had a valid handgun carry permit.
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