Tommy is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, he was raised in North Alabama, and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. After a 4-year stint in the US Air force, he moved to Nashville to work on a music career. After a few years of paying his dues and working on his craft, he got his first cut on Hank Williams Jr. a song titled “Man to Man”. Just a few weeks later, Hank Jr. performed it on the 1989 CMA Awards. His second cut, “Too Many Honky-Tonks on My Way Home” was recorded by “Tom Wopat”, who was famous for playing “Luke Duke” on the hit TV series “the Dukes of Hazard”
In 1994, Country Artist “Tim Mcgraw” released a song “co-written by Barnes and “Gene Simmons”, “Indian Outlaw” that was one of the biggest Hits of the 90’s of all genres. At the same time he had a song “My Love” he co-wrote with Brady Seals, and Porter Howell from the group “Little Texas” that rose to Number One on the Charts and also became the Number One Music Video on CMT.
Tommy has been inducted into the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame, and also is a Pioneer Award Winner for his assistance in being one of the original founders of the Mississippi Songwriters Festival in Ocean Springs Mississippi. He also was Inducted into the “NACMAI” Hall Of Fame. He has had cuts on various artists such as, Tim McGraw, Little Texas, Brady Seals, Hank Williams Jr., Ricky Lynn Greg, Clinton Gregory, Celinda Pink, T.G. Sheppard, Englebert Humperdink, Arron Barker, Dave Parmley, Tammy Bolton, Jimmy Parker, Tom Wopat, Cook & Glenn, The Geezinslaw Brothers, Don Cox, OJ Hannsen, Bjorn Yantz, Charley Floyd, Calvin Wayne, Charlie Rivers, Tony Stampley, Cole Jones, Lee Newton, Allen Brown, Jeff Cook, Gary P Nunn, Westen Flyer, Jens Marni, and others. He currently lives in Nashville and continues to write songs.