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

Songbirds is featuring eight acts in seven days

Published Jun. 20 2018

Kevn Kinney flew under the radar in Atlanta with his newly formed band Drivin' N Cryin' in the mid-'80s until...

Club Scene Calendar - June 20-27

Published Jun. 20 2018

AJ'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL — 6238 Bonny Oaks Drive. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. karaoke, free. 423-485-9080.

VideoBomb your favorite music videos for a chance to win tickets to a Dustin Lynch concert

Published Jun. 19 2018

Are you ready to take the whole selfie thing to the next level? How would you like to be in...


Off the Couch: G.I. Joe fans gathering, music amps back up

Published Jun. 18 2018

LISA DENTON: Barry, an American hero is coming to Chattanooga this weekend. He's rough and tough, but I think you...

Nothin' but a good time with Bret Michaels on final night of Riverbend

Published Jun. 16 2018

Bret Michaels — born Bret Michael Sychak — has been a rock star and a TV star.

Rockin' with Third Eye Blind tonight at Riverbend

Published Jun. 15 2018

If you were alive in 1997 and owned a radio, you can probably sing every word of the song "Semi-Charmed...

Southern Avenue final piece in Riverfront Nights puzzle

Published Jun. 15 2018

Fresh off of their Bonnaroo appearance last weekend, Southern Avenue has been announced as the final act in this summer's...

Civic activities have taken LaFayette valedictorian Lauren Pike around the country

Published Jun. 15 2018

For LaFayette High School valedictorian Lauren Pike, traveling has become a perk of being so actively involved in civic organizations.

Riverbend Night 6: A country linchpin and salute to the Navy

Published Jun. 13 2018

Chattanooga has been selected as one of 14 cities across the country as part of Navy Week, and Riverbend has...

Overland Express is back on track

Published Jun. 13 2018

Rick Williams can't remember exactly how many times he has played at Riverbend with Overland Express, or the shortened Overland...

Mitch Ryder ready to rock Riverbend on Saturday night

Published Jun. 13 2018

Sitting on the couch in his living room, Mitch Ryder chuckles at the memory of the first time he played...

Changes are the norm at Bonnaroo

Published Jun. 13 2018

It's festival week in Tennessee with two of the largest in the country taking place: Bonnaroo this past weekend, our...

Switchfoot headlines Faith and Family Night at Riverbend

Published Jun. 12 2018

The music and activities move back to the 21st Century Waterfront tonight for Faith & Family Night, also informally called...

More music, more vendors and more activities coming to the Bessie Smith Strut

Published Jun. 11 2018

Riverbend activities move away from the river tonight as everything takes place on M.L. King Boulevard for the Bessie Smith...

Hitting you in the feels at Bonnaroo

Published Jun. 11 2018

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — You expect to see, hear and do some things not part of your everyday life at the...

Off the Couch: Riverbend continues, Navy Week starts

Published Jun. 11 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, we might have to consider renaming this column.

Riverbend: Brett Young replacing Luke Combs as Sunday headliner; plenty of quality country remains on schedule

Published Jun. 10 2018

The second of three country acts scheduled to headline at Riverbend this year had to drop out of his scheduled...

Finding love at Bonnaroo

Published Jun. 10 2018

Love could be found in all kinds of places at Great Stage Park on Friday at the Bonnaroo Music &...

The Wallflowers take front and center at Riverbend

Published Jun. 9 2018

For the second consecutive night, the Riverbend headliner features the offspring of a music legend. If Hank Williams is country...

Thursday at Bonnaroo about site and sound discoveries

Published Jun. 9 2018

A man attending the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was found dead Friday morning, according to Coffee County Sheriff Steve...