Barry Coggins

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Barry Coggins, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Entertainer

Barry Coggins arrived in Nashville in 1993 and has been singing and entertaining at various clubs and restaurants ever since, including many songwriter nights. Besides performing solo, he also plays out with The Boat Jammers, The Big Head Band and an acoustic instrumental guitar duo called Duology. He has written or co-written over 1,000 songs and recorded 15 albums of original material. He has opened up for Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and one of Duology’s compositions was a winner on NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Barry was born the third of four boys to a traveling Air Force family. He has lived all over the country and also in Athens, Greece. Mostly though he hails from Texas having gone to high school in San Antonio and graduating from the University of North Texas in Denton. He started playing the guitar at age twelve and wrote his first song soon after that. He and his wife Laurie have been married for 21 years and live in Crieve Hall.