Tribute concert held for country singer shot at bar

Tribute concert held for country singer shot at bar (Image 1)

A tribute show was held at Winners Bar and Grill Tuesday night to honor slain musician Wayne Mills.

Musicians and friends played in honor of Mills, hoping to say goodbye and raise money for his family.

Between the songs, there were stories about the man who brought everyone out on a cold Tuesday night.

“I could trace probably 80% of the gigs in my first five years here back to Wayne Mills,” said percussionist Matthew Burgess.

Burgess told News 2 he met Mills nine years ago and credits him for helping him get his foot in the door of the Nashville music scene.

Songwriter Ray Smitherman organized Tuesday's event. He said Mills made a big impression in the tight-knit Nashville music community.

“Wayne and I go back a long way,” Smitherman said. “He's one of the main reasons I'm here.”

Organizers of the benefit were accepting donations to help Mills' family. He left behind a wife and young son.

Mills was shot to death in the Pit and Barrel bar in downtown Nashville early Saturday morning in what police believe was a dispute over smoking a cigarette in the establishment.

Bar owner Chris M. Ferrell allegedly told police he shot Mills in self defense.

An investigation into the incident is still under way, but no charges have been filed.

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