published Monday, July 9th, 2012

Get Off the couch: Bovines celebrated, CSN comes to town

LISA DENTON: Barry, I won't even pretend that it's the biggest or most important event coming up this week, but if I'm being honest (and how often does that happen?), I have to say I'm most excited about Cow Appreciation Day coming up at all area Chick-fil-A restaurants Friday.

You can get a free entree if you're wearing some sort of cow apparel and a free meal if you dress like a cow from head to hoof, as they say.

Plus, the folks at the Hamilton Place Chick-fil-A are moving a cardboard cow around the mall all this week. If you tell the cashier where you saw it, you can get a free sandwich with the purchase of a large milkshake.

Few things get me more excited than an offer of free food. This heifer likes to eat.

BARRY COURTER: I just can't understand how you stay single.

It is nice that someone is recognizing the contributions of the bovine bunch.

What I am excited about is that Crosby, Stills & Nash will be at Memorial Auditorium Tuesday night. For me, they are probably the group I most identify with the Woodstock era and, yes, I know they performed there with Neil Young as CSNY. They wrote songs with meaning and sang them like few others with those perfect harmonies. It's a trite cliché, but these guys really did provide the soundtrack for an entire generation.

LISA: It's also impressive that each of the three has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once with CSN and a second time with other bands: David Crosby with The Byrds, Stephen Stills with Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash with The Hollies.

BARRY: It's no wonder with songs like "Southern Cross," "Our House," "Woodstock," "Teach Your Children" and "Almost Cut My Hair," a personal anthem. Letting my freak flag fly and all that.

I can almost predict, however, that someone in the audience will call for them to do "Ohio." It happened at Riverbend when they were here, and Crosby, I think it was, politely but firmly reminded the audience that "Ohio" is a Young song. It's a good one, and it embodies the group's political activism, but it's not a CSN song.

LISA: I guess that was an awkward moment, but who can blame a fan for trying. Their lineup was never as harmonious as their sound was, though they somehow made the turmoil work all those years. They must have been following my personal anthem, written by Stills:

"If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."

BARRY: Sage advice.

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Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354. Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or ldenton@timesfreepress.com.

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