published Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Critic's Pick: Cody McCarver: Nice guy done good

Cody McCarver
Cody McCarver
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Riverbend 2014

June 6-14 • 21st Century Waterfront, Chattanooga, TN

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• What: Cody McCarver

• When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

• Where: Bud Light Stage

• Admission: Riverbend 9-day wristband ($50); one-day wristband ($26)

This is a personal pick just because I like him. I like his music, and I like who he is.

He’s an actor, a singer, a songwriter, a tireless fundraiser for just about anyone that asks, and he’s a good guy. My co-worker Lisa Denton is also quick to point out that he has shiny hair.

The pride of Dunlap, Tenn., McCarver started playing the piano at age 9 in church. By 17, he was playing multiple instruments, which earned him a spot playing with Confederate Railroad for 12 years. When he went solo, he had a hit with “Red Flag,” then another with “Through God’s Eyes.”

Shortly after he became a spokesperson for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and began working with the Amachi program, which helps children whose parents are in prison. He also had another hit with “White Trash With Money.”

His film credits include “Cole Younger and the Black Train.”

The reason McCarver, long known as a country artist, is performing on Sweet Tea Night is that his last CD, “The Lord’s Will,” was written upon learning that his father had passed away in prison, where he’d been for 15 years. McCarver says he wrote the gospel album, which features six original songs and four covers, after realizing that his prayers for his father’s release had, in fact, been answered.

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-6354.

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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