Songwriter Hal Bynum and Wife Arrested on Drug Charges

Songwriter Hal Bynum, whose credits include Kenny Rogers “Lucille,” was arrested Wednesday (May 31) and charged with growing marijuana inside their Nashville home and possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms. Bynum, 71, and his wife Jan, 48, were released on $73,500 bond each after turning themselves into authorities. After receiving a tip, police searched the couple’s home earlier this week and confiscated 256 marijuana plants, 7.5 pounds of harvested marijuana, 14 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, growing lamps and other drug paraphernalia. Bynum’s other song credits include Patty Loveless’ “Chains,” Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings’ “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang” and “The Old, Old House,” recorded by Bill Monroe, George Jones and others.