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

Kane Brown coming home to headline first CountryFest

Published Aug. 31 2017

Growing up, Kane Brown moved around quite a bit.

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Published Aug. 31 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Weather forcing Levitt Amp concert inside Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Published Aug. 30 2017

The Levitt Amp concert featuring Masego will move inside the Bessie Smith Cultural Center Thursday, Aug. 31, because of expected...


Off the Couch: Kane Brown returns to Chattanooga for show

Published Aug. 28 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I think we both agree that one of the best things about this job is getting to...

Kane Brown getting answers to some of life's what ifs

Published Aug. 27 2017

The night before we spoke several weeks ago, country music singer Kane Brown did something that epitomizes how his life...

City Beat: An exciting, if unsettling, time to be here

Published Aug. 24 2017

I've had several conversations in the last couple of weeks with people in a variety of positions in the local...

Kool Moe Dee kicks off Levitt series at Bessie Smith Cultural Center [video]

Published Aug. 24 2017

Kool Moe Dee, known for such hip-hop hits as "Wild Wild West," "How Ya Like Me Now" and "I Go...

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 24-30

Published Aug. 24 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Delbert McClinton, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt among acts coming to Walker Theatre

Published Aug. 22 2017

The Tivoli Foundation has announced the first acts to be featured in the recently updated Robert Kirk Walker Theatre at...

Off the Couch: Glasses on and ready for total solar eclipse [video]

Published Aug. 21 2017

LISA DENTON: Barry, I hate to do it, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be singing Cat Stevens' "Moonshadow"...

Hometown hero Mitch Rossell's star continues to rise

Published Aug. 17 2017

Mitch Rossell's latest album is called "Raised by the Radio," but the way things are currently going for him, he...

Nightflyers re-energize Steely Dan's Donald Fagen

Published Aug. 17 2017

For his current tour, Donald Fagen has surrounded himself with a band of players all under the age of the...


Tinsley Ellis brings blues to Riverfront Nights

Published Aug. 17 2017

Guitarist Tinsley Ellis should not be a stranger to music fans who have lived in the Chattanooga area for any...

City Beat: Could the next big country star be from here?

Published Aug. 17 2017

Nashville is looking for its next big star and local country music station WGOT-FM 107.9 is one of several dozen...

Club Scene Calendar - Aug. 17-23

Published Aug. 17 2017

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Memorial Auditorium's Walker Theatre to begin getting more shows

Published Aug. 15 2017

The Robert Kirk Walker Community Theatre, a little known and rarely used space on an upper floor at the Memorial...

The sun takes center stage at Get Off the Grid Fest

Published Aug. 15 2017

The Get Off the Grid Fest is not too different from many other festivals. There will be lots of food...

Off the Couch: Making eclipses great again

Published Aug. 14 2017

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, everyone is so excited about this Great American Eclipse event next Monday, I wonder if anyone is...

Overland returns to Revelry Room

Published Aug. 10 2017

Singer/guitarist Randy Clark won't play every song he knows Saturday night, Aug. 12, but he might come close. Clark handles...

Chris Blackwell plays four Songbirds guitars at Second Saturdays concert

Published Aug. 10 2017

All of the guitars in Songbirds Guitar Museum share several things in common. They are all beautiful, and they all...