Barry Courter (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6354
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 a news reporter at WDEF-TV 12. Barry has been married to Kelley since 1987. Their children are Jeff Soder, Jenny Mitchell, Carson Courter and Grace Courter. Contact Barry at 423-757-6354 or

Lucero, Washed Out set to open The Signal this weekend

Published Feb. 21 2018

After months of cleaning, painting, stocking the bars, installing stage lighting and sound equipment, The Signal is set to open...

City Beat: WFLI-AM 1070 moving forward on museum

Published Feb. 21 2018

WFLI-AM 1070 was a powerhouse of a radio station in the '60s, '70s and early '80s, and it meant a...

Club Scene Calendar - Feb. 21-28

Published Feb. 21 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: The Signal readies for Saturday opening with Lucero

Published Feb. 19 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, this is another big week on the music calendar.

Songbirds Foundation provides guitars, lessons to young people

Published Feb. 18 2018

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Reed Caldwell finds himself sitting on a couch across from 14-year-old Alex Bell in an...

Songbirds Guitar Museum expanding into Revelry Room

Published Feb. 14 2018

Songbirds Guitar Museum is looking to expand its live museum component, and it isn't going far. In fact, it will...

Rod Man 'bringing the funny' to Comedy Catch

Published Feb. 14 2018

You might think that after winning "Last Comic Standing," as Rod Man did on Season 8 four years ago, that...

Singer-songwriter Todd Snider reaches out at Walker Theatre

Published Feb. 14 2018

When Todd Snider takes the Walker Theatre stage with his band Hard Working Americans on Saturday, he will have in...

City Beat: New venue 'signals' next phase in live music

Published Feb. 14 2018

On Tuesday morning of this week, a crew was busy installing the sound system at the city's newest venue, The...

Club Scene Calendar - Feb. 14-21

Published Feb. 14 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Conflicted: Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day share a day

Published Feb. 13 2018

Christians planning to observe Ash Wednesday might want to pencil in their Valentine's indulgences today.

Off the Couch: Music and mayhem for Valentine's Day

Published Feb. 12 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, there are some pretty good live music shows featuring some familiar names on the calendar this week.


Pet therapy: Program is part of effort to return humanism to medicine

Published Feb. 11 2018

Somewhere in between inventing new machines, techniques and medicines to make us feel better, medical professionals forgot that not only...

See Olympics coverage with or without a TV

Published Feb. 11 2018

The days of watching whatever Olympics coverage the network sends to your TV antenna are long gone. There are almost...

Chattanooga Theatre Centre adds star power to 'Love Letters'

Published Feb. 9 2018

Bob Bernhardt is accustomed to being onstage in front of a large audience with the bright lights, the curtain rising,...

Tenth Avenue North, Britt Nicole coming to Jfest 2018

Published Feb. 7 2018

Jfest, the Tennessee Valley's biggest and longest running Christian Music Festival, just announced the lineup for its 20th anniversary showcase...

Courters' Kitchen: Flavors of Vietnamese soup get rolled into wrap [video]

Published Feb. 7 2018

KELLEY SAYS: You never know what you might find scouring the internet for recipes.

City Beat: Local theater loses another champion

Published Feb. 7 2018

Shirley Alderman spent nearly 50 years acting, volunteering, championing and doing whatever else she could think of in local theater....

Club Scene Calendar - Feb. 7-14

Published Feb. 7 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

FrazierBand takes bluegrass to new places

Published Feb. 7 2018

John Frazier was an established multi-instrumentalist known for some of his session work on the mandolin, guitar and fiddle when...