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Other names  Nate Barr
Ex-spouse  Lisbeth Scott
Role  Film composer
Name  Nathan Barr
Years active  1996–present

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Born  February 9, 1973 (age 42) (1973-02-09)
Occupation  Film and television composer
Albums  True Blood: Season Two, Hostel, Cabin Fever
Music director  Hostel, Hostel: Part II, The Big Wedding, The Boy Next Door, Cabin Fever

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Nathan Barr (born February 9, 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. While he is best known for scoring all seven seasons of HBO's Emmy Award-winning series, True Blood, Barr has recently composed music for FX's The Americans and Netflix's Hemlock Grove. 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.


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Nathan 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. 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.

Barr is openly bisexual, and is in a relationship with a man as of 2014.



  • As Good as It Gets (assistant to Hans Zimmer)
  • 1998

  • The Prince of Egypt (assistant to Hans Zimmer)
  • Hairshirt
  • Traveling Companion
  • 1999

  • Crazy Connected Thing
  • Beyond the Mat
  • Protect-O-Man
  • 2000

  • Fear (TV Series)
  • The Virginian (TV Movie)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
  • Red Dirt
  • Double Down
  • 2001

  • Going Greek
  • Big Time
  • Kate Brasher (TV Series)
  • Venus and Mars
  • 2002

  • Cabin Fever
  • 2003

  • Open Water (composer: additional music)
  • Briar Patch
  • 2004

  • Club Dread
  • Mojave
  • 2005

  • 2001 Maniacs
  • My Name Is...
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Hostel
  • 2006

  • Beerfest
  • 2007

  • Grindhouse (segment "Thanksgiving")
  • Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Watching the Detectives
  • Hostel: Part II
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (composer: additional music)
  • 2008

  • Shutter
  • Lost Boys: The Tribe
  • Tortured
  • True Blood (TV Series)
  • 2009

  • The Slammin' Salmon
  • Peep World
  • The Last Exorcism
  • 2010

  • Hood to Coast
  • Open House
  • 2011

  • The Ledge
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • 2013

  • The Americans (TV Series)
  • Hemlock Grove (TV Series)
  • 2015

  • The Boy Next Door
  • Composed with Randy Eldeman (Composer) Featuring Lisbeth Scott


  • 2010 BMI Award for Original Score for True Blood Season 2 (HBO)
  • 2009 Hollywood Media in Music Award for Best Score for True Blood (HBO)
  • 2009 BMI Award for Original Score for True Blood (HBO)
  • 2006 BMI Award for Music for Film: The Dukes of Hazzard
  • References

    Nathan Barr Wikipedia