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    Trent Tomlinson

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Drunker Than Me lyrics
    2Angels Like Her lyrics
    3A Good Run lyrics
    4Hey Batter Batter lyrics
    5I Was Gonna Leave Tomorrow Anyway lyrics
    6Henry Cartwright's Produce Stand lyrics
    One Wing In The Fire lyrics
    8The Bottle lyrics
    9The Next Time lyrics
    10Just Might Have Her Radio On lyrics

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    1Country Is My Rock [2006]


    Trent Tomlinson grew up in Kennett, Mo., which is also the hometown of Sheryl Crow. His 6-foot-8-inch father is a former basketball star who set scoring records at the University of Missouri and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers before knee
    surgery knocked him out. He was also the basketball coach and biology teacher at Tomlinson's high school and a tough taskmaster.

    Though Tomlinson was a star basketball player in school too, he chose to pursue music instead. He took up guitar, then began sneaking into bars in his hometown for gigs, starting out with rock but moving to country. As a junior in high school, he auditioned locally for TNN's talent competition You Can Be a Star, eventually reaching the finals in Nashville. However, he lost the title by two-tenths of a point, winning only a denim jacket for his efforts.

    Tomlinson tried college but left after six months and moved to Nashville. There, he took a job with Stanley Steemer and began hanging out at a club called Barbara's in Printer's Alley, making money there and at other clubs by winning talent contests. He landed a cut on a Johnny Rodriguez record and began looking for more opportunities.

    He signed a deal with a Nashville publishing company and then a record deal with Polydor. However, the publishing company soon went bankrupt, and Polydor closed its doors as well. After Tomlinson retreated to Missouri, he learned that publishing executive Buddy Killen had bought his song catalog out of bankruptcy court and offered him a publishing deal. A year and a half later, Tomlinson landed a deal with MCA Publishing for his highest salary yet but parted ways after a corporate takeover. After these close calls, he was parking cars at the airport.

    However, another publishing deal with Cal IV Entertainment helped him secure three cuts on an Emerson Drive album. Lyric Street Records signed him at the end of 2004. Sara Evans included one of his songs on her album, Real Fine Place, in 2005. Tomlinson released his debut album, Country Is My Rock, in early 2006.

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