A native Of Tupelo Mississippi, Tommy Barnes spent all of his teen years in Winfield Alabama, a small town just over the Alabama – Mississippi line. In 1979 he joined the Air Force and served for four years. Upon Discharge from the Air Force, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry.
After working various jobs for the first few years, in 1988 a song that was co-written with Hank Williams Jr. was released on the Hank Williams Jr. CD “Lone Wolf”, the song ( Man To Man ) was a first for Tommy, shortly thereafter, Tom Wopat (from the then popular TV series) “The Dukes Of Hazard” Fame, recorded the song “Too Many Honkytonks On My Way Home”.
It was Somewhere around that time frame that Tommy met with a young man from Louisiana, who would go on to become one of the biggest stars in the Industry. Tim McGraw. Tim was looking for songs to record in an effort to secure a recording contract. Tommy played Tim a few songs that evening “one, which would become a Gigantic Hit a few years later and launch Tim as a Mega-Star.” Tim recorded two of Tommy’s songs on a demo session to assist in getting a “recording contract.”
A few years later Tim recorded one of the songs “Indian Outlaw” “co-written by ”Tommy Barnes” & “Gene Simmons” ( the original writers ) before the Tommy played him that first night they met, The song “Indian Outlaw” was the first “single” release from the “Not A Moment Too Soon” CD, the CD went on to sell more than 6 million copies and the “single” was one of the biggest selling Country Music “singles” in History. At the same time that “Indian Outlaw” was on the charts, Tommy had another song that reached the “Number One” position. “My Love” which was co-written with members of the Band who recorded the song,
“ Brady Seals and Porter Howell” was at Number 1 for two weeks and also was the “CMT” “Video Of The Year” for 1994. Both songs also crossed over to the Billboard “Pop” charts.
Since then Tommy has had songs recorded by various artist, Hank Williams Jr., Tom Wopat, Tony Stampley, Jeff Cook, Little Texas, David Parmley, Englebert Humperdink, Tim McGraw, Arron Barker, Celinda Pink, “Don Cox, Clinton Gregory, The Geezinslaw Brothers, Brady Seals, Charlie Floyd, Western Flyer, Wayne Toups, Ricky Lynn Gregg, T.G.Sheppard, T.J. Nelson, Jens Marni, Continental Divide, and others.
Tommy currently lives in Nashville, TN and writes for Taguchi Music Corporation.