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

100 and counting: Four generations have operated landmark Zarzour's Cafe [video and photos]

Published Jan. 14 2018

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Joe "Dixie" and Shannon Fuller are alone at the center table in the front room...

Courters' Kitchen: You won't believe what we've cooked up [video]

Published Jan. 10 2018

BARRY SAYS: "What wine would you pair with a grilled cheese doughnut and tomato basil soup?"

Restaurant review: Al Baraka brings Middle Eastern fare to Brainerd

Published Jan. 10 2018

Except for a couple of years in the '80s, I've lived in Brainerd since 1970, so I'm always happy to...

Gillian Welch joins Dave Rawlings Machine for Tivoli Theatre show

Published Jan. 10 2018

Songwriting is hardly a science, most artists will tell you. Sometimes the songs seem to fall out of the sky...

City Beat: Music lineups aren't for everybody

Published Jan. 10 2018

The lineup for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was announced at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, which means that by 8:01...

Club Scene Calendar - Jan. 10-17

Published Jan. 10 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Stelle Amor brings her 'soulternative' sound to Revelry Room

Published Jan. 10 2018

At 6-feet-tall, Stelle Amor is already a fairly big presence before she even sings the first note.

Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future top Bonnaroo lineup

Published Jan. 9 2018

The 2018 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup was announced today.

Off the Couch: Henry Rollins, Tinsley Ellis, goobers and ditties

Published Jan. 8 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, we made it through another holiday season, which means the entertainment calendar should start filling up again....

A Suttles family show: Father and son collaborate at River Gallery

Published Jan. 7 2018

For most of the first 10 years of his life, Todd Suttles was fascinated by his dad's photography. Bill Suttles...

Forever Mary Ann: World of Wheels features Dawn Wells of 'Gilligan's Island' fame

Published Jan. 5 2018

At 79, Dawn Wells jokingly describes herself as "more Mrs. Howell than Mary Ann." But she will always be the...

Songbirds Guitar Museum presents Randall Bramlett

Published Jan. 3 2018

Randall Bramblett jokes that the raging Vietnam War might have helped influence him to consider entering the seminary his senior...

City Beat: Change is good, but some losses hurt

Published Jan. 3 2018

Change is inevitable, and as I've gotten older, I've learned to embrace it. Getting stuck in a rut can be...

Club Scene Calendar - Jan. 3-10

Published Jan. 3 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Happy New Year, Dawn Wells is coming to town

Published Dec. 31 2017

LISA DENTON: Happy New Year, Barry. I celebrated the way I usually do: by examining, at length, the backs of...

Heavy-metal hobbyists: Blacksmithing gaining new fans

Published Dec. 29 2017

As if the number and name on the mailbox isn't clue enough, the iron plant hooks, trellises, benches and other...

City Beat: Entertainment is the same as it ever was

Published Dec. 27 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, it's time to take a quick look back and quicker look ahead.

Club Scene Calendar - Dec. 27-Jan. 3

Published Dec. 27 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, even you, Randy

Published Dec. 25 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, first of all. Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the family.

'Christmas Songs and Stories' with John Berry airs on Christmas Eve

Published Dec. 24 2017

The John Berry concert that was filmed in the Walker Theatre inside Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 15 will be shown...