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Barry Courter

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Riverbend officials knew they had a solid hit when they signed Florida Georgia Line to play the 2013 festival. They didn’t realize at the time, however, that the bases were loaded and that the ball would easily clear the wall.

Q: Dad, we are heading into the meat of the holiday season and it seems to me the "traditions" we have seem to change every couple of years. Why is that?

A student-led arts initiative and a new one-stop Christmas shopping event.

For years, fans and industry people told Travis Tritt -- he of the giant stage shows that included flash pots, big bands and bigger sounds -- that he should consider doing solo acoustic shows. He resisted for one simple reason.

Emmett Hughes, a 26-year-old actor from Ireland, will be in town Nov. 14 for a screening of “The O’Briens Movie” at the Majestic 12.

Writing music is a deeply personal thing for Jill Andrews, so even she is a little surprised at how much she has enjoyed partnering with writers since moving to Nashville two years ago.

Good-time duo

No cruise control for Florida Georgia Line

Riverbend officials knew they had a solid hit when they signed Florida Georgia Line to play the 2013 festival. They didn’t realize at the time, however, that the bases were loaded and that the ball would easily clear the wall.

Everybody knew James "Jabo" Jabaley. More importantly, at least to my way of thinking, everybody knew him as "the nicest guy ever."

Like Van Morrison and his beautiful song, chef Brian Sonoskus appreciates the unique sweetnesss and flavor of Tupelo Honey, which bees produce in three particular river basins in Florida and Georgia. It's that honey that gave the restaurants their names.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it's time to honor our veterans and there are several events in the area today.

Five members of a North Georgia family will appear on "Family Feud" Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. on WDSI-TV 61.

The figures in all of John Stone’s painting are based on very personal moments, memories and people in his life, though none of that is revealed to the viewer.

Pete, one of the resident otters at the Tennessee Aquarium, died two months ago, a few days after being transported to a temporary training facility while a new exhibit is being built, spokesman Thom Benson said.

Pete, one of the otters at the Tennessee Aquarium, died a few days after being transported to a temporary training facility while a new exhibit is being built, according to spokesman Thom Benson.

Q: Dad, accounting is killing me. Should I drop it?

It's hard to imagine Steve Vai being nervous about auditioning for a gig, but the person he was trying to impress was Frank Zappa.

When thinking about ways to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Barking Legs Theatre, Ann Law decided to focus on the things she loves most — food and dance.

The "America Tonight" feature on local radio icon Luther Masingill will appear on the Al-Jazeera network Friday at 9 p.m., according to a news release. Producer Sopan Deb, a cameraman and anchor Adam May were here to follow Masingill around for three days in late October.

Genius gets thrown around a lot when it comes to music, but only one guy is known as "The Genius" as opposed to "a genius."

‘Chelsea Lately’ comic at Comedy Catch - Nov. 7

Josh Wolf performs Thursday night

Josh Wolf has done it all when it comes to comedy. And that’s just the way he likes it.

BARRY: There are some flavors that you expect and crave when fall rolls around, but butternut squash has found its way to the top of the list for me. I love the member of curcubit family in soup, as a pseudo pasta or just by itself, but this lasagna has become a new favorite.

LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, there are some words that’ll get me off the couch pretty quick — shoe sale, chocolate festival, pony rides.

There are career changes ... and then there are career changes.

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.

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."

Flash, flash, flash.

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?

Nina, Pinta replicas here

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?

When RiverRocks was created in 2010, the broad plan for founders Mike and Stormy McGauley was to highlight healthy living and outdoor resources.

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.

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.

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