Saturday evening the country music community mourned over the loss of one of its own. Alabama native, Wayne Mills, passed away due to injuries received from being shot by Nashville club owner, Chris Michael Ferrell, on Saturday morning. News of his passing was reported on his band’s facebook page.
Wayne Mills was born in Arab, Alabama, and played football for the University of Alabama. He earned a degree in education, but soon picked up a guitar and took to the road playing his own blend of honky tonk tunes. He would open up for the likes of Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, and others.
Mills would release several records, having success in the United States as well as world wide in Europe and Australia. Several of his singles were released to radio and video channels, including “Last Honky Tonk.” He was recently named one of the honorees of the Guardian Award with the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame.
Wayne Mills presence both on and off the stage was always one of a true gentleman. Fans will remember his traditional country music sound that would fit in alongside George Jones or Waylon Jennings on the jukebox. He leaves behind his wife, Carole, as well as his young son, Jack. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.
A fund has been set up to help with Wayne Mills family. To donate, click here. Furthermore, according to the Wayne Mills Band Facebook, FirstBank has set up a Wayne Mills Family Fund for Carol and Jack. Anyone can donate at area FirstBank branches to help. To view the FirstBank website go to www.firstbankonline.com. When donating, please let the teller know i’m donating to the Wayne Mills Family Fund. For more information please call 615-332-5253.
Here is more information on upcoming benefit and memorial events in Wayne Mills memory.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.