COMPOSER NATHAN BARR SCORES
THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
SCORE WILL FEATURE ZZ TOP GUITARIST BILLY GIBBONS
(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Composer Nathan Barr scores Warner Bros.’
The Dukes of Hazzard, the feature film based on the popular 1980s
television show of the same name. To create the sounds of Hazzard
County, Barr will employ ZZ Top’s legendary Texan guitarist
Billy Gibbons for an authentic classic rock feel. The film, a
Southern-fried action comedy starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann
William Scott and Jessica Simpson as the cousins Duke, Willie
Nelson as Uncle Jesse and Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg, will be
released August 5. This is the second film Barr has scored for
director Jay Chandrasekhar, the two previously collaborated on
2004’s dark comedy Club Dread.
Barr’s score for The Dukes of Hazzard inflects the free-wheeling
good times that come with car chases, short-shorts wearing Southern
belles and seeing right prevail over wrong in Hazzard County.
Barr, who describes the music as “Allman Brothers meets
AC/DC meets ZZ Top,” will feature ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons
on the guitar-heavy classic rock and roll score, and use Beck’s
keyboardist and rhythm section. As one would expect, a healthy
dose of Hazzard County fiddle will round out the score.
A gifted musician who began studying at age four, Barr has studied
and performed all over the world. After studying an eclectic array
of strings and percussion instruments in Japan and experiencing
operas and orchestras in Bali and China, Barr toured Europe with
the Juiliiard Cello Ensemble, and after graduating college, joined
the industrial band V.A.S.T., playing guitar and electric cello.
Looking to explore a career in film music, he moved to Los Angeles
in 1996, where he met Academy-Award winning composer Hans Zimmer,
who mentored him for several months before he landed his first
feature. Barr has since scored dozens of films including From
Dusk Til Dawn 3 and Cabin Fever, as well as several TV series.
He resides outside Los Angeles with his wife, recording artist
Lisbeth Scott, well-known as the soloist for films including The
Passion of the Christ, Shrek and Shrek 2.
Interviews, scoring stage access available: contact Costa Communications