Nathan Barr

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Nathan Barr
Nathan Barr and Alan Ball working on True Blood season 2.jpg
Nathan Barr (left) and Alan Ball working on True Blood season 2 in 2008
Born1973 (age 46–47)
Other namesNate Barr

Nathan Barr (born 1973; also known as Nate Barr) is an American film and television composer known for playing the majority of the instruments heard in his compositions.[1] While he is best known for scoring all seven seasons of HBO's Emmy Award-winning series, True Blood,[2] Barr has recently composed music for FX's The Americans[3] and Netflix's Hemlock Grove.[4] On July 18, 2013, Barr garnered a double Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" based on his work on The Americans and Hemlock Grove.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Barr started studying music in Tokyo, Japan at the age of four. His interest in music and collecting rare and unusual instruments lead him to travel all over the world. He has said he owns a trumpet made out of a human femur and a set of bagpipes out of a pig's belly. More recently, he has acquired and installed the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ from the 20th Century Fox sound stage.[6] Barr studied at Skidmore College, and in 1993 toured Italy and Switzerland with the Juilliard Cello Ensemble.

In 1996, Barr moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in composing film and television scores. One of his first jobs was working under the tutelage of world-renowned composer, Hans Zimmer, on films such as As Good as It Gets and The Prince of Egypt. Shortly thereafter, he branched out on his own and landed his first solo-venture on the Lionsgate comedy Too Smooth. Since then, Barr has scored a large array of feature films and TV series, most notably scoring all episodes of HBO's hit series True Blood.



Year Title Director Notes
1998 Hairshirt Dean Paras N/A
1998 Traveling Companion Paula Goldberg Short film
1999 Beyond the Mat Barry W. Blaustein N/A
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter P. J. Pesce Direct-to-video film
2000 The Virginian Bill Pullman Television film
2000 Red Dirt Tag Purvis Television film
2001 Venus and Mars Harry Mastrogeorge N/A
2001 Going Greek Justin Zackham N/A
2001 Big Time Jerry Heiss N/A
2002 Cabin Fever Eli Roth N/A
2003 Briar Patch Zev Berman N/A
2004 Club Dread Jay Chandrasekhar N/A
2005 2001 Maniacs Tim Sullivan N/A
2005 The Dukes of Hazzard Jay Chandrasekhar N/A
2005 Hostel Eli Roth N/A
2006 Beerfest Jay Chandrasekhar N/A
2007 Grindhouse Eli Roth Thanksgiving segment
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Sebastian Gutierrez N/A
2007 Watching the Detectives Paul Soter N/A
2007 Hostel: Part II Eli Roth N/A
2008 Shutter Masayuki Ochiai N/A
2008 Lost Boys: The Tribe P. J. Pesce N/A
2008 Tortured Nolan Lebovitz N/A
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Kevin Heffernan N/A
2010 Open House Andrew Paquin N/A
2010 The Last Exorcism Daniel Stamm N/A
2011 The Ledge Matthew Chapman N/A
2013 The Big Wedding Justin Zackham N/A
2015 The Boy Next Door Rob Cohen Composed with Randy Edelman featuring vocal by Lisbeth Scott
2015 Hollywood Adventures Timothy Kendall N/A
2017 Flatliners Niels Arden Oplev N/A
2018 The Domestics Mike P. Nelson Additional Music by Stephen Lukach
2018 The House with a Clock in Its Walls Eli Roth N/A
2020 The Turning Floria Sigismondi Additional Music by Justin Caine Burnett
2020 The Hunt Craig Zobel Additional Music By Justin Caine Burnett & Stephen Lukarch

Television series[edit]

Year Title Notes
2000 Fear N/A
2001 Kate Brasher N/A
2008-14 True Blood N/A
2013-15 Hemlock Grove Composed with Todd Haberman
2013-18 The Americans N/A
2014 Tumble Leaf N/A
2015-17 Sneaky Pete Composed with Stephen Lukach
2016 Greenleaf N/A
2017 The Son N/A
2019 Fosse/Verdon N/A
2019 Carnival Row N/A



  1. ^ D., Spence. "Nathan Barr - The Dukes of Hazzard Original Film Score". IGN. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ Sobol, Gianna. "Q&A with Composer Nathan Barr". Inside True Blood Blog. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  3. ^ Staff. "Nathan Barr Scoring FX's 'The Americans'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  4. ^ Staff. "Hemlock Grove Set to Have Grisly Creature Effects". Fans of Horror Movies. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  5. ^ Gallo, Phil. "Emmy Noms Salute 'The Voice,' HBO Music Biopics and Composers". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Nathan Barr". Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  7. ^ BMI. "2010 BMI Film/TV Awards Winners". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  8. ^ BMI. "BMI Film & Television Awards Tout Composers of Year's Top Film, Television, & Cable Music". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  9. ^ BMI. "2006 BMI Film & Television Awards". BMI. Retrieved 2009-01-05.

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