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Barry Courter

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LISA DENTON: Hey, Barry, you’ve heard about that old trick to calm yourself for public speaking where you imagine the people in the audience in their underwear?

Have you ever been told you have a radio or television voice? Maybe you’ve thought it would be fun — and lucrative — to be the voice of a video game or book on tape.

Q: Dad, it looks like I'll be renting a house. What will I need in my tool kit?

When we think of someone making it in Hollywood, we usually assume they became a movie or television star. There are, however, as many ways to be successful in Tinseltown as there are ways to “make it.”

When you see Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent perform live or during one of their appearances on "Austin City Limits" or NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, you can't help but notice how happy they appear to be singing with each other.

Sometimes, the music that accompanies a film or a song that is part of a scene can be as memorable as the action on-screen. Think "Jaws" or "Psycho."

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup was announced last week. While I was not at first impressed, when I sat down with a yellow marker to highlight acts I want to see, it might be the best schedule yet from top to bottom. What's interesting is that it was the headliners who caused more head-scratching than the so-called undercard this time around. Sound familiar?

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, can you imagine watching “Jaws” without that “duuunuut,” “duuuunuuuut,” “duunuut,” “dunut” soundtrack? Or the “reek, reek, reek” screeching strings in “Psycho?” Or Bugs Bunny without the music?

For photographers like Steve Hankins, the good news is that Internet has opened up a whole new way to let people know about his work.

Q: Dad, what did you think of the “31 Things My Sons Should Be Able to Do Before They Move Out” list that was on huffingtonpost.com?

The golden age of radio is generally acknowledged to have been in the '40s and '50s, but the '60s in the Chattanooga area were pretty special for a lot of people.

Stopping by The Farmer's Daughter on Hixson Pike last week gave me the opportunity to punch at least four boxes on my hipster card.

Classic artists Elton John and Lionel Richie will join Jack White and Kanye West as the headliners for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 12-15.

Classic artists Elton John and Lionel Richie will join Jack White and Kanye West as the headliners for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 12-15.

As the owner of Brix Nouveau, Rosabelle Gorman knows a thing or two about pairing wines with cheeses and meats. It’s the specialty of the Frazier Avenue wine bar.

The art of being ‘Shunned’

Signal Mountain native scores with ‘Amish’ documentary

Callie T. Wiser likes the gray areas of a story. Always interested in history, she prefers to dig beyond just learning the dates and names related to historical events.

Did you know that you can see a Broadway show this week without buying a plane ticket to New York?

Q: Dad, what is the best Valentine’s Day gift you ever gave mom?

When Summer Tao wants a Chinese meal like the ones she ate back home, she goes to New York. She can't find anything here that compares.

Some news from local TV and radio.

Organizers of Jazzanooga, have released the schedule for a month-long celebration of the musical art form that will take place in April, Jazz Appreciation Month.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, Friday is Valentine's Day and I see two plays in town this weekend that make me want to offer a word of caution to the guys out there.

There is a good chance that you’re drinking a cup of coffee as you read this, but how much thought did you put into where it came from, how it was harvested, ground, roasted and brewed, or if the water temperature was in the recommended 195- to 205-degree range?

When artist Michelle Segre decided she wanted a less-structured approach to her works, it freed up not only her mind, but some old pieces that had been taking up space in her study.

Q: Dad, this recent snow event sort of a reminded that I am ill prepared for an emergency. What should I have on hand?

Ed Eckert is all about cars and trucks. He fixes them for a living during the week and then spends his weekends smashing them to pieces with his own monster truck, affectionately known as Fullboar.

Singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman returns to Chattanooga for a show Friday, Feb. 7, at Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse.

Fifty years ago tomorrow, The Beatles landed at the newly named JFK International Airport in New York. You may have heard about it.

BARRY SAYS: I love Thai food. It’s like every bite is an adventure that introduces you to some new flavor and experience.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don’t know if everybody has cabin fever or they’re getting an early start on Valentine’s Day, but there’s a bunch of stuff happening this week.

When it comes to having an impact on the direction of America, the two most significant landings in its history would likely be the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1620 and The Beatles at Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 7, 1964.

Riverbend added some blues and funk to its lineup with the additions of guitarist Buddy Guy and the Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Both Guy and Worrell are inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Q: Dad, I know you’ve “worked” on a lot of computers over the years, so what have you learned?

Another Grammy Awards show has come and gone and, for the first time in forever, I watched, and not just for a few minutes here and there as I might have in the past.

The Zac Brown concert scheduled for tonight at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga has been rescheduled to March 20, according to the band's website.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I'm thinking it might be time to head to Crossville, Tenn. Our buddy Jason Ross is in the next production opening at the Cumberland County Playhouse on Friday. "Grease" should be a fun show.

Not to get too personal, but do you have any junk in your trunk?

Q: Dad, explain the concept of plausible deniability.

The Riverbend festival has added Christian rock/R&B artist TobyMac and funk and soul performer Robert Randolph & The Family Band to this year’s lineup.

The Riverbend festival has added Christian rock/R&B artist TobyMac and funk and soul performer Robert Randolph & The Family Band to this year’s lineup.

Riverbend has released the names of several acts that will be performing during this year's festival, June 6-14, and for me part of the fun is tracking the reactions and comments that immediately follow the announcements. Criticizing Riverbend is as much a part of the event as attending for some.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, this might seem like a stretch, but for me the blues are kind of like beer.

Sometimes getting an act for Riverbend can be like winning the lottery and, just as the odds of buying a winning Powerball ticket are stacked against you, there is no chance of winning if you don't buy one at all.

Q: Dad, every semester, the issue of buying textbooks — and these days that often means access codes for ebooks or software — comes up and I never know whether to buy early or wait. Which is correct?

Justin Moore, a new country artist who is trying to put the “Old Back in the New School,” will headline the Riverbend Festival on June 12.

So, here's the deal: You are a hotshot guitar player with designs on fronting your own band, but The Allman Brothers come calling and offer you a spot playing with them. At first it's more of an occasional thing, but then they want you in full time. You are young and full of energy and, besides, your uncle is one of their drummers, so you make playing in two bands work.

'An Evening With Molly Ringwald' - Jan. 19

Actress shows off her pipes in MACA concert

Everyone it seems has his favorite Molly Ringwald film moments.

With all of the advances made in the world of electronics, I'm surprised no one has invented the his-and-hers television.

Local musician Keith Sherman, best known for his deep, colorful voice, songwriting and as one of the original members of Overland Express, died Tuesday afternoon after a long illness.

Local musician Keith Sherman, best known for his deep, colorful voice, songwriting and as one of the original members of Overland Express, died Tuesday afternoon after a long illness.

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