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

City Beat: Moon River Music Festival is part of city's progression [video]

Published Mar. 21 2018

The lineup for the first Moon River Music Festival was announced on Tuesday morning and it's a good one. Of...

Club Scene Calendar - March 21-28

Published Mar. 21 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Avett Brothers, Head and the Heart, Mavis Staples coming to Moon River [video]

Published Mar. 20 2018

The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Trampled By Turtles and Mavis Staples are among more than 20 acts...


Off the Couch: More live music at cave in Pelham, Tenn.

Published Mar. 19 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, when it comes to cool venues (pun intended) to see a live music show, a cave might...

City Beat: The realities of attending a crowded show

Published Mar. 14 2018

Seeing Steve Martin and Martin Short last week at Memorial Auditorium was a pretty great experience. It was just one...

Shaking Ray Society, CoPAC present Rova Saxophone Quartet

Published Mar. 14 2018

The Rova Saxophone Quartet, celebrating 40 years of exploring the synthesis of composition, collective improvisation and genre-bending music, will perform...

Club Scene Calendar - March 14-21

Published Mar. 14 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Rising country music star Kane Brown now a Guinness World Record holder

Published Mar. 13 2018

Kane Brown continues his record-breaking run on the country music charts. In fact, he is now in the Guinness World...

Moon River Music Festival coming to Coolidge Park

Published Mar. 13 2018

The Moon River Music Festival is moving from Memphis to Chattanooga and Coolidge Park.

Off the Couch: Goats, guitars and women who rock

Published Mar. 12 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, do you remember the time I told you about comedian Jeff Foxworthy and the woman who opened...

Flo Rida, Dustin Lynch, Bret Michaels, Wallflowers complete Riverbend lineup

Published Mar. 9 2018

Country artist Dustin Lynch, rapper Flo Rida, hair-metal frontman/reality TV star Bret Michaels and the '90s hit makers the Wallflowers...

Road to Nightfall continues

Published Mar. 7 2018

In just a few years, the Road to Nightfall has grown from a way to get a local band a...

City Beat: Entertainment calendar continues to offer plenty of choices

Published Mar. 7 2018

Every now and then, I like to hitch up my pants to just below my armpits and crawl into the...

Funny men: Steve Martin and Martin Short ready to entertain at Memorial Auditorium

Published Mar. 7 2018

After meeting Steve Martin for the first time on the set of "Three Amigos," Martin Short visited his co-star's home...

Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention tunes up

Published Mar. 7 2018

Matt Downer has devoted his adult life to discovering, learning, researching, archiving, performing and preserving old-time music. Not only can...

Club Scene Calendar - March 7-14

Published Mar. 7 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Steve Martin and Martin Short perform, Road to Nightfall kicks off

Published Mar. 5 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I could fill up this space with accolades and praise for both Steve Martin and Martin Short,...

Everything on 'Paper': Works by Hefferlin-Akhriev family on display at Townsend Atelier [photos]

Published Mar. 4 2018

Last week, while hanging works by Daud Akhriev, Timur Akhriev and Melissa Hefferlin for a new show, Townsend Atelier owner...

Two Amigos: Steve Martin and Martin Short together onstage

Published Mar. 4 2018

By and large, telephone interviews with comedians are not joke-a-minute affairs. In fact, for the most part, they are often...

Pylon Reenactment Society takes you back to early New Wave movement

Published Feb. 28 2018

While a student at the University of Georgia in Athens in the late '70s and early '80s, Vanessa Briscoe (now...