published Monday, November 5th, 2012

Get Off the Couch: Eat up with Grammy winners

LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, if we decided to limit our concert attendance to Grammy Award-winning musicians this week, we would still have to get to three shows.

Judy Collins will be in Athens, Tenn., tonight; Lindsey Buckingham will be at Track 29 on Wednesday; and John Prine will be at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday. You can't beat that with a stick.

BARRY COURTER: That's a funny idiom, but you're right as rain. That schedule is as strong as new rope.

Collins is playing in the aptly named Big Time Small Town Performance Series at Athens Junior High School.

Prine has been here several times, and that is no surprise. Over the years, Chattanoogans have consistently turned out for two types of music: singer/songwriters and free.

Buckingham is kind of the wild card. I don't think he's ever been here before. Of course, Track 29 has changed the musical landscape, and that's a good thing.

LISA: Buckingham is probably best known for his tenure in Fleetwood Mac, with "Rumours" and "Tusk" among his contributions.

Remind me sometime to perform "Tusk" for you. I got pretty good at it back in the day. I don't have a horn to blow, but I can tap out that beat with my hands on the desk. I always liked how the singing started out as murmuring and then suddenly shouted. Kinda scary -- at least my rendition is.

BARRY: I'd be more interested in your version of Collins' rendition of "Send in the Clowns." I'm guessing either one could bring a tear to a glass eye.

And speaking of shouting, we need to give a big shout-out to our own Luther Masingill also. He will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday in Chicago. A long overdue honor for a true legend and a nice man to boot.

LISA: As long as we're mentioning tributes, we should remind everybody that Sunday is Veterans Day. There are several events around the region to show support for American heroes, including two concerts Sunday. At 3 p.m. you can catch the Jericho Brass perform at the Ringgold (Ga.) Depot during the city's annual Festival of Flags, and at 3:30 p.m. you can hear the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera perform a patriotic concert at Memorial Auditorium, which is dedicated to America's service men and women.

BARRY: Seriously, we owe much to our veterans and those currently serving.

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about Barry Courter...

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 ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or

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