Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Courtney & Ivan

Friday, December 28, 2012 - by Bob Payne
Courtney Daly
Courtney Daly

I couldn’t let the opportunity to go out and see my old friend Ivan Wilson play, despite the fact that he was not utilizing his familiar stand-up bass, but instead playing lead acoustic guitar for the lovely and talented Courtney Daly. I ventured out to the Mexican place in scenic downtown Ringgold, Los Reyes. It is located behind the Cracker Barrel and next to the Holiday Inn Express.

Courtney sings about any and every cover song on earth, and does them well. While I was used to Ivan playing his famous Willie Nelson stand-up bass (It resembles Willie’s old guitar in the sense that it has a scratch or two on it and looks like it has seen better days, but sounds great, especially when Ivan plays it) In this duo setting, Ivan shows he is multi-talented, playing lead on a beautiful Martin guitar. The crowd made a few requests, and Courtney and Ivan handled them with ease.

They will be at Becky’s, which is right across the road from the Sugar’s BBQ on the side of Missionary Ridge, tonight. Tomorrow night they will appear at Hamilton’s in Dalton, right there in the historic district. It’s a fun time, so you may want to give them a try this weekend. They often have great guest performers, so you might even get an extra surprise.

For more info, just click on https://www.facebook.com/courtney.smithdaly and make friends with Courtney. Ivan lives in the 16th century and has yet to discover the internet.

New Year’s Eve celebrations are planned everywhere and for a complete list of the festivities, check back here on Monday. Also planned for the next couple weeks is my 5th Annual Chattanooga Music Awards. There are some new folks on the list this year, so be ready to find out which acts I enjoyed the most in 2012. Also included are the Chattanooga Music Hall of Fame announcements, recognizing those folks who have given us great music spanning at least 3 different decades.

These are among my highest read columns, most controversial, and my most dreaded writing task for the year.

There is live music in every corner of this great city – tonight, tomorrow and every night! Go out and have a great meal, appetizer, or a drink and have a great time supporting our hard working local musicians. Your support is what keeps music alive in Chattanooga. Without your support, the silence will be deafening.

For local music info, try www.chattanoogaentertainers.com or www.chattanooganightscope.com. They both have great local music info and schedules. For whlocal info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site www.chattacountry.ning.com.

Email Bob Payne at davrik2000@yahoo.com or catch him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davrik2000 .

Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- Photo2 by Ivan


Celebrations: A Community Collaboration Has Performance Aug. 25

Celebrations: a Community Collaboration is a group of independent artists dedicated to rejuvenating the Chattanooga arts community through collaborative live performances. Organizers are currently planning its second performance that will include a four-class workshop during the day on Saturday, Aug. 25. There will be four beginner classes to the public: ballet, contemporary, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Native Thomas West Performs In A Quiet Place

Baritone Thomas West, a recent Juilliard graduate and Chattanooga native who is currently studying at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., sang the role of Bill in Leonard Berstein's opera A Quiet Place Thursday. The TMC is the world-renowned summer music academy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for which over 100 students from across the country are selected to participate ... (click for more)

Pinkston's Office Seeking The Death Penalty Against Trio Charged In Murder Of State Witness Bianca Horton

The office of District Attorney Neal Pinkston is seeking the death penalty against three men charged in the murder of state witness Bianca Horton. The intent to seek the death penalty was filed against Andre Grier, Courtney High and Charles Shelton. They were among 42 alleged members of the Athens Park Bloods gang charged in a state RICO action. Ms. Horton was gunned down ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Mayor, City Council To Appoint Phil Noblett As City Attorney

Mayor Andy Berke and the Chattanooga City Council said they will introduce a joint resolution next  Tuesday  confirming Phil Noblett as city attorney and chief legal officer for the city of Chattanooga. A native of Asheville, N.C., Mr. Noblett received his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham and has been a licensed ... (click for more)

The Sad Condition Of Historic Brown's Ferry Tavern

It is embarrassing and saddening how the historic Brown's Ferry Tavern looks right now. It is disgusting.    Whoever the new owner is has left this amazing piece of our local history to rot. Pieces are falling off the roof and chimney. The grounds: grass, bushes, trees are so overgrown and out-of-control that it is disgraceful.   Private property ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Cake Is Baked’

If all goes well, and as expected, Hamilton County Chancellor Jeff Atherton will tell a group representing the Democratic Party not to ever again clutter his office or his courtroom with such a childish amount of political poppycock as will be brought on display tomorrow. The Democrats want to block Robin Smith, a longtime Republican stalwart, from becoming our next State Representative ... (click for more)