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Outlaw by definition is one that is unconventional or rebellious.  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.  
From the little town of Arab, nestled on top of Brindlee Mountain in Northern Alabama, Wayne Mills was the average country boy steeped in the Southern vernacular of GOD, GUNS AND FOOTBALL.  Young Mills was instilled with many honorable qualities and traits by his father, Jack Mills, and was raised on the values of a working man; and like most working men, young Mills listened to blue collar anthems sang by Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.  Little did the future performer know that the heavy beat, and misfortune laden lyrics, of outlaw country would lay the ground work for his music career. 
Mills went on to excel in college as a two sport athlete, playing baseball at Wallace State Junior College in Hanceville, AL and as a football player at, the legendary, University of Alabama.  After hanging up his football cleats for the last time, and earning a degree in Education, the country boy returned to his musical roots, picked up the guitar, and hit the road with the Wayne Mills Band becoming one of the hottest college bands on the circuit.   As a testament to the bands success, country music super stars Jamey Johnson and Blake Shelton, as well as American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks all opened for Mills on their way to the top.
The athlete turned musician has made a life for himself and his family through music; using the discipline and determination he learned from his father to provide for his wife and son, who carry’s on his father name.  With more than fifteen years of touring experience, Wayne has proven himself the consummate performer with a huge following in the Southeast while also gaining notoriety in other parts of the country, as well Europe and Australia.  Mills has most recently been touring with fellow Alabamian and close friend, Jamey Johnson.  The band is also playing select dates with Southern rockers, Blackberry Smoke as well as headlining their own single dates. 
Wayne Mills will soon release his highly anticipated studio album, Long Hard Road, where he worked with powerhouse producer Denny Diante under new Nashville record label, Diesel Records. Mills showcases his versatility as a singer/songwriter with 12 outlaw country/southern rock flavored tracks; 7 of which he penned or co-wrote.  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.
I have it saved on iTunes as Wayne Mills "The Album" which is kinda like when Hollywooders call their movie "blank blank: the movie" after a title which usually needs no further introduction. and self titled albums are often over rated and not at all definitive of the person whose name appears in duplicate on every flat surface of the album. since the music on this album is nothing if not definitive of Wayne, to me, this has always been "Wayne Mills: The Album"
                                                    -Jamey Johnson