Wayne Mills was killed early Saturday morning when a bar owner shot him in the head during an argument.
The disagreement came over Mills smoking in a non-smoking area.
The former University of Alabama football player and his band were performing at the Pit & Barrel Bar when Mills fired up a cigarette after the bar was closed.
WZTV reports bar owner Farrell and Mills began to argue over his smoking and several others who were there left.
Farrell claims he shot Mills in self-defense, police are investigating to make sure. Mills website describes him like this:
"Wayne Mills by definition is one that is a stiff-necked, country troubadour with an affinity for honky-tonks and possessing a style of rustic simplicity.”
Mills enjoyed calling himself an outlaw who enjoyed doing shows in smaller bars and honky-tonks.
One friend remembered Mills as a man who “led an outlaw style of music that no one else could lead. Really, a firm believer in true country music."
Music industry workers say Mills was about to hit the big time after working with stars like Blake Shelton, Shooter Jennings and Taylor Hicks.
Mills is survived by a seven year old son and a wife of 20 years.