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

Off the Couch: Local acts will dominate American Dream Concert

Published Apr. 23 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, we have devoted a lot of time and space in our newspaper in the last several years...

A son's salute: Alex Burd takes on larger role at MaryEllen Locher Foundation

Published Apr. 22 2018

Alex Burd has been involved with the MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation since it was founded by his mother in 2002,...

Deer Tick, John Moreland bring variety to Songbirds

Published Apr. 18 2018

By now, fans of Deer Tick know to expect the unexpected, according to front man John McCauley.

City Beat: Are opportunities to play music on the rise?

Published Apr. 18 2018

I had a long conversation with a guy who has been involved directly and indirectly with the local music scene...

Club Scene Calendar - April 18-25

Published Apr. 18 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: 'Motown the Musical,' 4 Bridges Arts Festival coming up

Published Apr. 16 2018

LISA DENTON: Barry, as I was typing in the slug for this story (its name in the computer, for non-newspaper...

Diversity on display at 4 Bridges Art Festival [photos]

Published Apr. 15 2018

Phyllis Mescon can sum up this year's 4 Bridges Arts Festival in one word:

Digging her new gig: Krysten Anderson follows in dad's tire tracks driving Grave Digger

Published Apr. 11 2018

As the daughter of Dennis Anderson, the creator of iconic Monster Truck Grave Digger in 1979, there was little doubt...

Club Scene Calendar - April 11-18

Published Apr. 11 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Are you ready for the Hot Dog Dance?

Published Apr. 9 2018

LISA DENTON: Barry, do you know the Hot Dog Dance?

Inmates in Walker State Prison's Faith and Character Based program find inspiration, communication through music [photos]

Published Apr. 8 2018

Holly Mulcahy stands with her violin, her back to the wall of the gym at Walker State Prison in Rock...

White Animals roar back into town

Published Apr. 4 2018

The song "For Your Love" was an instant hit for The Yardbirds upon its release in 1965, and it became...


City Beat: April is a busy, jazzy month for Jazzanooga

Published Apr. 4 2018

There have been a lot of changes in the local music/arts/entertainment scenes over the last couple of years, and we've...

Club Scene Calendar - April 4-11

Published Apr. 4 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: When selling out is a good thing

Published Apr. 2 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I don't know if you've noticed, but more and more when I look on our calendar of...

City Beat: Martha Reeves is coming to Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Published Mar. 28 2018

When it comes to female vocalists of the '60s, especially Motown singers, few are as instantly recognizable as Martha Reeves.

Club Scene Calendar - March 28-April 4

Published Mar. 28 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Off the Couch: Beats on the Boulevard, Taco & Tequila coming up this week

Published Mar. 26 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you know I am a big Shovels & Rope fan, and no I'm not talking about how...

Conductor Marshunda Smith finding a groove, setting an example

Published Mar. 25 2018

Music has always been a part of Marshunda Smith's life, so it is no surprise that it would become her...

Bluegrass Underground, concerts move to The Caverns in Pelham, Tenn.

Published Mar. 23 2018

Todd Mayo still remembers the day he dreamed up Bluegrass Underground.