NASHVILLE — Up-and-coming country group the Warren Brothers were charged Wednesday with simple assault after an alleged brawl with an employee of a local nightclub.
According to the Tennessean, Brad Warren, 29, Brett Warren, 27, and a friend, David McIntosh, received simple-assault citations after Timothy Hatfield called police. Hatfield, the stage manager of the Wildhorse Saloon downtown, told police that Brett Warren hit him in the face, opening a cut above his eye.
This happened, according to the newspaper, after Hatfield refused to allow the brothers to play an encore, allegedly because the two had been drinking as well as pulling women onstage during their act — their customary behavior at their many Nashville club dates in the past.
The Warrens said Hatfield began throwing their equipment and pushing Brad Warren, the newspaper reported. Hatfield reportedly told police they began pushing first and that Brett Warren punched him.
The citations require the Warrens and McIntosh, 32, to turn themselves in to police within a week. The maximum penalty for that charge is a year in jail and a fine.
The Warrens' record label, BNA Records, declined to comment about the matter, as did the Warrens' management firm and a spokesperson for the Wildhorse.
BNA Records, coincidentally, is also Kenny Chesney's label. Chesney was arrested June 3, along with fellow country star Tim McGraw, after an altercation with police at a festival at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The Warren Brothers have been a popular club act in Nashville since 1995, have played the Wildhorse Saloon before and were signed by BNA in 1997 after a label talent scout began going to their regular appearances at a nightclub in nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Their debut album, Beautiful Day in the Cold Cruel World, was released in 1998 and reached #73 on the Billboard Top Country albums chart. The album generated the single "Guilty."