Barry Coughlin

Barry Coughlin
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Barry is a native of Galveston, Texas, and began his music career playing the College towns of Austin, San Marcos and College Station, as well as around the gulf coast of Texas. While attending college at Southwest Texas State University, he opened for many Texas acts including B.W. Stevenson, George Strait and Ace in the Hole, Lyle Lovett, Steve Fromholtz, Shake Russell, Dana Cooper, John Vandiver, Willis Alan Ramsey, Robert Earl Keen, Cristopher Cross, Clint Black, Jerry Jeff Walker, Fever Tree, Heyoka, Eric Johnson to name a few, and had to pass up a booking with Leon Russell due to a last minute complication. Barry has played shows with members of bands such as Spirit, Del Castillo, The Outlaws and other Nationally acclaimed acts, and the same stages and venues as Townes Van Zandt to Rick Derringer and Johnny Winter. He has entertained such legends as Jimmy Buffett and Joe Walsh. He has played in the Midwestern United States, Nashville, and from New Orleans to Key West, as well as the Central America countries of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and many of over 30 various islands throughout the Caribbean that he has travelled. After spending several years playing summers in Texas and winters in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as Cruise Ships and various resorts and festivals, including 4 years at the St. John Music Festival in the Virgin Islands, Barry played with several bands including The Coughlin/Pregler Band and 98 in the Shade, with Jim Pregler and Mark Kingsley from the band Salty Dog which featured Jim Krebs. He moved back to Austin, Texas where he has a recording studio, primarily for recording his own material. Barry has just finished his 11th Album entitled “Premonition”, which includes the song “Thunder Bay”, which was written while he was in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. He is starting work on a follow up to the album, "Living in the Land of the Free", which consists of songs written and performed in while in the Caribbean.


Barry still sings, but currently only very limited dates due to health reasons. He is recovering from a long hospital stay a couple of years ago. For more information go to

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Average Rating : 4.8              Total Reviews: 14

Barry Coughlin  12/07/2021            
Your music still rings true and clear Barry. Remember the Kent Finlay days at Cheatham Street. And Wendy. You and Neil brought a lot of fun to many good times. Music is your gift.
Barry Coughlin  07/31/2014            
Peg S.
Just got Premonition & it's awesome. A 17.5 hour trip to Thunder Bay is a straight shot and unforgettable!
Barry Coughlin  06/25/2014            
Just heard Barry again in Galveston. His voice has only gotten better!! He knows all the best songs and I really enjoyed his original songs. Very entertaining.
Barry Coughlin  06/25/2014            
Barry, really enjoyed listening to you play in Wimberly, Texas. Great music on the Blanco River.
Barry Coughlin  11/01/2012            
Barry, your music is getting me through the worst year of my life. Just ordered another CD. Alot of great memories! Good luck and God bless.
Barry Coughlin  11/10/2011            
Wow! Barry Coughlin! I remember jamming to his music at the Bamboo Hut on Galveston Island! This guy has been around for a long time! Great music! I have every single CD he has recorded!
Barry Coughlin  03/03/2011            
Hello Barry Vi tu Blog, me gustaria poder escuchar tu musica Thanks
Barry Coughlin  10/22/2008            
judi proctor
I listened to Barry when he played with JD Massengale at the old honda shop in Galveston. He's great- almost as good as JD! Barry, what was that song about living in Palo Alto? Can't remember the name of it... Great song.......
Barry Coughlin  08/20/2008            
I used to listen to this guy playing in Galveston. He is GREAT! He made every evening he played a party and the crowd just adored him. His music is compelling and utterly enjoyable.
Barry Coughlin  08/23/2005            
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