NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 1, 2019) — Former top-40 Country artist and survivor of the infamous “Murder on Music Row,” Sammy Sadler, is officially returning to the entertainment fold in the same way that he left–with a bullet.

On Tuesday, May 21Indigo River Publishing will release “A HIT WITH A BULLET,” Sadler’s long-awaited, first-hand account of his nearly-fatal shooting in the March 9,1989 assassination of Cash Box chart director, Kevin Hughes, and the career-throttling 13-year investigation that ensued.

The autobiographical mystery-thriller, which took over 10 years to complete, chronicles Sadler’s remarkable journey from wide-eyed Country music newcomer whose latest single had been marked with a bullet (indicating its fast climb up the chart), to being placed “under suspicion” for a murder that would capture international headlines, including “Entertainment Tonight,” “Nancy Grace, “Unsolved Mysteries,” in the decade that followed.

Sadler recounts his struggle to overcome debilitating injuries (both physical and mental) as homicide detectives Pat Postiglione (now the star of Investigation Discovery’s “Total Redemption”) and Bill Pridemore follow various leads, and the hardship of reconciling his passion for Country music and a desire to rebuild his career when their investigation reveals a darker side of Nashville’s music industry–one wrought with greed, corruption, payola and murder.

The book, which features a foreword by former Country Weekly editor, Larry Holden, will be available in paperback for $19.95 beginning May 21 via Amazon.comIndigo River Publishing, and through Sammy Sadler’s website at

“You’ve seen the movies they declare they’re “based on a true story.” And the television shows that are “ripped from the headlines.” This is one of those stories. It is a true story of bribery, betrayal, murder, survival and of justice taking a ride on a slow train–a story written in the blood of a rising country music star and in the blood of his friend.”
–Larry, Holden, former Editor of Country Weekly
read the Foreword in its entirety by clicking HERE