Wayne Mills Had “Long Hard Road” Album Ready to Release

December 31, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  8 Comments

wayne-mills-3On November 23rd, Outlaw country music artist Wayne Mills was shot & killed at the Pit & Barrell Bar in Nashville, TN by the bar’s owner, Chris Ferrell. After a prolonged investigation, Ferrell was eventually indicted by a Grand Jury on 2nd degree murder charges and then released on bond December 16th and is currently awaiting trial.

One of the reasons the shooting death of Wayne Mills was so tragic is because of where Wayne was in his career when the killing occurred, and where he was going. Mills released a total of six albums during his career, but the only one that continues to be readily available and widely distributed is his last release from 2010, The Last Honky Tonk. But that is not the last album Wayne Mills made. When he was killed, he had just finished up a brand new album called Long Hard Road, and was actively working on getting the album released and distributed.

Long Hard Road was not just another Wayne Mills album. This was the album that Wayne was hoping would be a game changer in his career. It was a collaboration with legendary producer Denny Diante, and the 12-track album included 7 songs co-written by Wayne, with an impressive list of songwriting contributors including Wayne Mills friend Jamey Johnson, Brent Cobb, and Erica “Sunshine” Lee. Press materials had even been drafted and distributed for Long Hard Road . The press release for the album states,

Songs featured on the album include the upbeat “I Need the Country” with a sing-along chorus, the hard-hitting outlaw anthem “Whiskey Bent and Jail Bound” and the title track “Long Hard Road” which 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,” explains Mills. Long Hard Road is a chapter in the songbook of Wayne Mills’ life: leaving no stone unturned when it comes to lyric and life.

Since the death of Wayne Mills, interest in his music and career have dramatically increased, but Long Hard Road remains unreleased and its future somewhat uncertain as the Wayne Mills family and Wayne’s close associates deal with more pressing matters in the aftermath of his passing. But just because Wayne Mills is no longer with us does not mean Wayne is done forging his music legacy, and that his now much larger fan base don’t have new music to look forward to.

Long Hard Road Track List:

1. Long Hard Road – Wayne Mills, Drew Turner
2. Whiskey Bent and Jail Bound – Wayne Mills, Erica “Sunshine” Lee
3. Be How You Wanna Be – Wayne Mills, Terry Adams, Leith Loftin
4. Aint That a Woman – Wayne Mills, Leith Loftin, Rexton Lee
5. Fightin’ Off a Feelin’ – Johnny Neel
6. One More Song – Wayne Mills, Leith Loftin, Kyle Wilson
7. Hard Times – Jamey Johnson
8. She Knows the Words – Wayne Mills, Josh Langston
9. I Loved ‘Em Everyone – P Sampson
10. I Need the Country – Wayne Mills, Brent Cobb, Leith Loftin
11. Crossin’ Dixie – Jarrod Barrier
12. Alabama Side – Tony Brook

8 Comments to “Wayne Mills Had “Long Hard Road” Album Ready to Release”

  • I’m reminded of Waylon’s song “Rough on the Livin'”.


  • I really hope this album gets cut, I heard Wayne do a couple of these live and as with all his music, they were great. Such a loss, I miss my friend, now the only way we’ll be able to enjoy his music is through his albums….and our memories.


  • I’m so glad that 2013 is gone. I want to leave it behind in a dust cloud.

    God Bless his family…may they find some peace and comfort.


  • Thanks! Lookin forward to this release.


  • Lord, PLEASE get this one released ! – Skydawg


  • Trigger, in case you or anyone else is interested: I’ve found a site that sells one of Wayne’s other albums by the title of Under the Influence of Outlaws & Mama from 2009.

    It’s $9.99 and is available for download after purchase in MP3, MP3-320 and lossless FLAC formats (for those that can decode such a download). The song “Crossin’ Dixie” is also included in this set. I bought it the other day and have yet to listen to the music, but I can vouch for the site’s legitimacy.


    • Update: I had a chance to finally listen to Under the Influence of Outlaws & Mama today and it’s quite good. I like it just as much as The Last Honky Tonk, though I think that when judging the individual songs, they aren’t as strong. The songwriting is wittier but strays into novelty territory a few times, which doesn’t really do it any favors (though I won’t deny that I laughed a few times). On the other hand, the production of the album was better, in my opinion (or maybe it was the sound quality, I don’t know), and the musicianship was more up my personal alley. Having just read your comments on my request for thoughts on Proof of Life, Trigger, please know that I’m not asking for a review or anything. I’m just scooting around your site at the moment and following up on comments that I haven’t had a chance to lately. That said, this album is worth your time if you feel the need to add it to your collection (if you haven’t already).


    • Update 2: I’ve found another one of Wayne’s albums on another site by the title of Bad Man:

      This one is also said to have been released in 2009. This one is $9.99 as well and the site is legitimate. However, unlike Under the Influence of Outlaws & Mama, Bad Man is only offered in a rather low nitrate download (just above 128 kbps on average). Of course, beggars can’t be choosers, but I felt it relevant information to include. Yet another one you can add to the reviews list should you have the time or inclination, Trigger. As has been done, if I find any more I’ll add them here. Thanks for making me aware of Wayne Mills and his work. His death was obviously tragic and too soon, but his work will live on. Too bad one has to dig for it.


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