|Born||March 6, 1973|
|Origin||Afton, Texas, United States|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Labels||Columbia Nashville, Compadre|
|Associated acts||Jason Aldean, McHayes, Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Lee Ann Womack|
Trent Willmon (born March 6, 1973) is an American country music artist. Active since 1998 as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Willmon was signed to Columbia Records in 2004. He released two albums for the label (2004's Trent Willmon and 2006's A Little More Livin') and charted six singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts before exiting Columbia in 2006. A third album, entitled Broken In, was released on the independent Compadre label in February 2008.
Willmon was born in Amarillo, Texas and was raised on a ranch near Afton, Texas. After 2 years at South Plains College as an Animal Science major, he left to pursue music, playing with several Texas- based bands, including playing bass for bluegrass legend Karl Shiflett. In 1999 he signed a staff writing deal with SeaGayle Music. One of his first cuts as a songwriter was "It Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You", which he co-wrote with Bobby Pinson and Jeremy Spillman. It was recorded by the duo McHayes (which comprised 1990s country singer Wade Hayes and fiddler Mark McClurg), and reached 41 on the country charts in 2003.
Willmon signed with Columbia Records in 2004. His self-titled debut album was released that year, and it produced four singles. The first of these was "Beer Man", which peaked at 30 on the country charts. Following it were "Dixie Rose Deluxe's Honky-Tonk, Feed Store, Gun Shop, Used Car, Beer, Bait, BBQ, Barber Shop, Laundromat" at 36, "Home Sweet Holiday Inn" at 49, and finally "The Good Life" at 38. A second album, A Little More Livin', followed in 2006. Although its lead-off single "On Again Tonight" became his highest chart entry at 27, the follow-up "So Am I" peaked at 59, and Willmon exited Columbia's roster.
Willmon signed with Compadre Records in 2007. His third album, Broken In, was released on February 26, 2008. The album produced three singles in "There Is a God", the title track, and "Cold Beer and a Fishing Pole", though none of these entered the charts. In early 2008, he also made his acting debut in the film Palo Pinto Gold, a cowboy film also starring Roy Clark and Mel Tillis. Willmon also co-wrote Montgomery Gentry's 2009 single "Back When I Knew It All" and Steel Magnolia's 2010 single "Keep On Lovin' You". Willmon's other songwriting credits include cuts by Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Randy Houser, Roger Creager, and Kevin Fowler. He has recently produced several albums for other artists including Cody Johnson and Josh Grider.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|A Little More Livin'||
|Little Ol' Cafe||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|US Country||US Bubbling|
|2004||"Beer Man"||30||—||Trent Willmon|
|"Dixie Rose Deluxe's Honky-Tonk, Feed Store, Gun Shop,
Used Car, Beer, Bait, BBQ, Barber Shop, Laundromat"
|2005||"Home Sweet Holiday Inn"||49||—|
|"The Good Life"||38||—|
|2006||"On Again Tonight"||27||24||A Little More Livin'|
|"So Am I"||59||—|
|2007||"There Is a God"||—||—||Broken In|
|"Cold Beer and a Fishin' Pole"||—||—|
|2004||"Beer Man"||Brent Hedgecock|
|"Dixie Rose Deluxe's…"||Traci Goudie|
|2005||"Home Sweet Holiday Inn"||Deb Haus|
|2006||"On Again Tonight"||Sam Erickson|
|2007||"There Is a God"||Andy Wehrspan|
|2008||"Broken In"||The Brads|
|2009||"Live from Gilley's"||Texas Roadhouse Live|
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- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 469. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
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