Q: Dad, I'm planning a pretty lengthy road trip with a friend this weekend, so what should I know?
Discovering new music is one of my favorite things, but this week was a little strange on that front. Two of the discoveries were blasts from the past, and two frightened me for the future. All were trippy to be sure.
A little over a year and a half ago, Paul Janeway was working part-time as a bank teller and finishing up his accounting degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Today, he is touring the country with his band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, blowing audiences away with his soulful voice that draws comparisons to Otis Redding, Al Green and Wilson Pickett.
As the owner Famous Nater’s World Famous sandwich truck, Nathan Flynt has “a huge spreadsheet of sandwich ideas and things I want to do.”
If this keeps up, Luther Masingill might just one day be famous.
LISA DENTON: Barry, you know it's hard to pry my fingers off a piece of chocolate, but one area dentist may have figured out a way to make me turn loose of my Crunch bars.
Q: Dad, it seems like every one of my friends is getting married and between the travel, the tuxedo rentals, the gifts and the parties, it’s adding up money-wise. What do I do?
JJ Grey has released almost an album a year since 2007, so he knows his way around a studio.
Flash, flash, flash.
Steve Earle loves life on the road as a musician. He enjoys seeing new places, the camaraderie with the band, the actual gig, but he also very much enjoys meeting new people. It was in those encounters with fans along the way that he found inspiration for his latest CD, "The Low Highway."
LISA DENTON: Barry, I don't know how it is at your house, but I haven't planned a family game night at Casa de Lisa in a while now. But I can get my fix in a big way starting Thursday when Game Fest South sets up at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
It seemed like a relatively simple, fun field trip, but visiting Dalewood Middle School two years ago burst a coddled cocoon that Thomas West had been living in and set him on a course to change the world around him.
Q: Dad, would you buy an old house again, or would you buy something new?
Track 29 announced Thursday afternoon that it will host Florida Georgia Line Nov. 20, The Goo Goo Dolls Dec. 10 and Blackberry Smoke on Jan. 17.
Organizers recently hosted an event asking Chattanoogans to share their thoughts on the direction the city should take in planning for the next 40 years. It's a good idea considering how well things have turned out since the similarly held Vision 2000 process done in the mid-'80s.
BARRY COURTER: You know, Lisa, that one of my favorite pretend-you're-from-another-country-for-a-day celebrations is coming up this weekend. Chattanooga Market is again hosting its Oktoberfest event and, once again, it will be a two-day affair, Saturday and Sunday, at First Tennessee Pavilion.
The exterior of the Open Press on 13th Street gives little indication of what awaits inside.
Q: Dad, One of my three roommates refuses to buy toilet paper. What should we do?
Ships docked at Ross's Landing through Oct. 20
Senior Capt. Morgan Sanger knows before the Nina and Pinta replica caravels dock what visitors will say upon seeing the ships.
When Warrior Instruments in East Ridge turned out its first hand-made bass guitars 20 years ago, the exotic hard woods and detailed inlay work had more than a few people saying they were almost too pretty to play.
When Adam Wilson didn't hear back from the folks at "Wheel of Fortune," he put aside the idea of appearing on the show. Then he got a letter alerting him that he had been chosen and had two weeks to get himself to Los Angeles for an Oct. 3 taping.
For almost two decades, the one constant in the entertainment industry in this part of the country has been AC Entertainment. Sure there are other promoters that have had success over the years, but none more so than AC.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, there will be a lot of watercraft on the Tennessee River this weekend at Ross's Landing, and when I say they represent a veritable history lesson in boating, I'm not speaking in any kind of hyperbole.
Q: Dad, I've had some people tell me to focus my attention on one or two things, while some others say I should try to be open to everything. Which is right?
Friends of the Festival won a dozen Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards at the International Festivals and Events Association convention and expo in Denver Sept. 21-23.
When RiverRocks was created in 2010, the broad plan for founders Mike and Stormy McGauley was to highlight healthy living and outdoor resources.
BARRY SAYS: While my nephew was being quizzed by Kelley about the many ethnic places to eat in Chicago, where he now lives, he mentioned that one of his favorite places is a Polish deli. When he said his favorite thing to order there is dill pickle soup, I knew immediately what our next dish would be for Courter’s Kitchen.
As Dimitris Agrafiotis approached his 39th birthday, the age his father died of a heart attack, he wanted desperately to end his 20-year smoking habit.
hen Chattanooga Theatre Centre producing director George Quick turned to social media this month to say the CTC could close if $90,000 wasn't raised this fall, it sent shock waves through the community.
Prior to a recent makeover, Eric Schrumpf says the space behind his Big Ridge home "was the most hideous yard you've ever seen."
The Chief, The Lieutenant, The Captain, Brian, Christa and Lambchop all will be back for a third season of "Small Town Security," the AMC show filmed in Ringgold, Ga., at JKK Security.
Q: Dad, I’m 24 years old, how am I supposed to know what I want to do in life if I haven’t done it yet?
One of the cooler events I attended last year was the Southeast Film Music Festival.
Do you fancy yourself as the next Gregg Toland, the cinematographer who filmed such classics as "Citizen Kane," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "Wuthering Heights"?
LISA DENTON: Barry, I bet that, after talking to Jimmy Carter the other day (the singer, not the former president), you could make a strong case for seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert tonight at the UTC Fine Arts Center.
Dad, I might begin the process of buying a house in the next year or so; what do I need to know or do?
Every 11 days, an older adult died from a fall in Hamilton County in 2011, according to health department statistics.
First it was blackened red snapper. Then it was grouper.
When the Blind Boys of Alabama start talking about recording a new album, as they did recently with "I'll Find a Way," there is just one requirement when it comes to picking songs. It's a hard and fast rule that all core members have been steadfast about since almost the beginning.
During my family's recent visit to the Destin area of Florida, we made a point to ask about any local farmers markets and were surprised to learn there were none.
It sounds like an episode of "While You Were Out," but while Delmar and Pete, the Tennessee Aquarium otters that have delighted visitors for almost eight years, are on vacation meeting new friends, their home at the aquarium is getting a makeover.
"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South... Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow... Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave... Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind ..."
The executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre took to the Internet and social media Thursday to warn supporters that unless $90,000 is raised by this fall, the theater likely will close.
Q: Dad, my friends want me to drive out of town for a concert. Should I do it?
There are a lot of well-known beards — Santa Claus, the guys from “Duck Dynasty,” Liza Minnelli — but in the world of rock, it’s hard to imagine three more famous beards than those associated with ZZ Top. Of course, Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons are known for their actual facial hair while Beard is drummer Frank’s last name.
Hurray for Chris Anderson and the Chattanooga City Council for working to undo, or at least greatly water down, a really bad ordinance that never made sense.
They might be small in stature, but kudzu bugs are quickly becoming a big — and smelly — problem across the South.
LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, the way I see it, ZZ Top ought to be on everybody's list of favorite bands. They've got musical chops. They've got longevity. They've got beards!
There is a Southernism that says, “We don’t hide our crazy kinfolk in the attic. We parade them around on the front porch and celebrate them.”
Q: Dad, what’s the hardest part about parenting?