- The Washington Times - Monday, November 25, 2013

Country singer Wayne Mills was shot to death by a bar owner in downtown Nashville, Tenn., after the two got into an argument over the musician’s smoking in a nonsmoking area, police said.

Pit and Barrel owner Chris Ferrell allegedly shot Mr. Mills, leader of the outlaw-country Wayne Mills Band, around 5 a.m. CST Saturday, The Tennessean reported. He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The bar owner told police he shot the singer in self-defense. No arrests have been made.

Mr. Mills‘ band played college towns for more than 15 years, The Associated Press reported.

Country music stars Jamey Johnson and Blake Shelton, as well as “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, all opened for the band early in their careers, AP said.

Pit and Barrel was supposed to be on Sunday’s episode of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” where failing bars are given a free revamp, but the network decided to pull the episode in light of the shooting, spokeswoman Shana Tepper said.

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