Outlaw country singer Wayne Mills dies in bar shooting

Wayne Mills had been working on his seventh album, "Long Hard Road," and touring small Southern venues.

Story highlights

  • Pit and Barrel bar owner Chris Farrell tells police he shot Mills in self-defense
  • Police are investigating Ferrell's claim that the shooting was justified
  • Mills is "a stiff-necked, country troubadour with an affinity for honky-tonks," his website says
  • He's "steeped in the Southern vernacular of God, guns and football," his website says
Singer Wayne Mills, whose "outlaw country" songs center on honky-tonk life, died in a Nashville bar shooting Saturday, police said.
Chris Ferrell, owner of Nashville's Pit and Barrel bar, told police he shot Mills, 44, in self-defense, according to a Nashville poli