Nathan Barr
Nathan Barr playing his bowed guitar
Born (1973-02-09) February 9, 1973 (age 49)
Other namesNate Barr

Nathan Barr (born February 9, 1973; also known as Nate Barr) is an American film and television composer and musician. His television scores include True Blood,[1] The Americans, Carnival Row, and The Great. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2020 for his work on the miniseries Hollywood.

Life and career

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Barr started studying music in Tokyo, Japan at the age of four. He studied cello and English literature at Skidmore College.

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 Hans Zimmer on the films As Good as It Gets and The Prince of Egypt. After 8 months with Zimmer, Barr landed an agent and branched out on his own. Since then, Barr has scored a large array of feature films and TV series, including all episodes of HBO's series True Blood.

In 2009, Barr co-wrote and produced a song with Pete Townshend for FX's The Americans called “It Must Be Done” and in 2005 Barr hired Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top to play guitar on his score for The Dukes Of Hazzard.



Year Title Director Notes
1998 Hairshirt Dean Paras N/A
1998 Traveling Companion Paula Goldberg Short film
1999 Beyond the Mat Barry W. Blaustein Documentary film
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
2005 2001 Maniacs Tim Sullivan N/A
2005 The Dukes of Hazzard Jay Chandrasekhar N/A
2005 Hostel Eli Roth 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
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 Lukach
2020 Uncle Frank Alan Ball N/A
2021 Kate Cedric Nicolas-Troyan N/A

Television series

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 The Rook Additional Music By Justin Caine Burnett
2019 Carnival Row N/A
2020 The Great Includes Bird on a Wire by Simone Istwa
2020 Hollywood N/A


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music The Americans Nominated [5]
Hemlock Grove Nominated
Carnival Row Nominated [6]
Hollywood Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special Nominated


  1. ^ Sobol, Gianna. "Q&A with Composer Nathan Barr". Inside True Blood Blog. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ BMI. "2010 BMI Film/TV Awards Winners". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  3. ^ BMI. "BMI Film & Television Awards Tout Composers of Year's Top Film, Television, & Cable Music". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  4. ^ BMI. "2006 BMI Film & Television Awards". BMI. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  5. ^ "Nathan W. Barr". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "Nathan Barr". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 7, 2020.