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Eddie Owen no longer with Eddie’s Attic

Eddie Owen announced on his Facebook page Monday morning that he was fired over the weekend from the venue that bears his name.

The legendary Atlanta venue owner-promoter hasn’t owned the music hall in nearly a decade, but has always remained involved.

In December, Owen agreed to a handshake deal with new owners Alex Cooley and Dave Mattingly to manage and book both Eddie’s Attic and Owen’s new venture, Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.

On his Facebook posting, originally publicized by Richard Eldredge at Atlanta Magazine Monday morning, Owen simply said, “Won’t be going inside Eddie’s Attic again, got fired on Friday,” and then invited followers to check out a show at the Duluth venue.

“We’ll share a little story,” the posting said.

Messages left for Owen and Eddie’s Attic owners have not yet been returned.

Update May 16 from Richard Eldredge:

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May 14th, 2012
2:25 pm

BOOOOOO! That makes me also not want to step foot in Eddie’s Attic again. At this point, I feel that Eddie’s Attic should be renamed. I think maybe Alex should retire, especially after such a horrible Midtown Music Sleepfest last year. This year is only marginally better.

Melissa Ruggieri

May 14th, 2012
2:48 pm

Actually, Alex had nothing to do with last year’s Music Midtown.

david c

May 14th, 2012
2:50 pm

@ JREV – I was under the impression Alex Cooley was no longer involved with Music Midtown, that it was Peter Conlon with Live Nation. But I did think that Cooley still had more class than that.

Fred ™

May 14th, 2012
2:53 pm

Who didn’t see this one coming?


May 14th, 2012
2:53 pm

Maybe it will become Eddie’s Attic and cease being Eddie’s Attitude.

Flying J

May 14th, 2012
3:03 pm

Don’t really know much about the place, never been there, but I absolutely love the Eddie’s Attic show on 92.9 Dave FM. For a songwriter like myself, i get inspiration just from listening to true songsmiths. Love that show.

ATL Local Music

May 14th, 2012
3:07 pm

You know, it could’ve been the other guy that fired Eddie, not Alex. Alex was actually fired by Live Nation about 3 months before his retirement. Alex has absolutely nothing to do with Music Midtown any longer. Blame it all on ‘Lame’ Nation.

True Blue

May 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

That’s a shame! Eddie has always been great with me, and it won’t be the same without him. I suppose it. Ould have been a little conflict of interest with the new club, and it would be nice to have a little more room in there. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It’s a great place to hear good music.


May 14th, 2012
3:37 pm

Flying J @3;03 – I totally concur. I love that Eddie’s Attic show on Dave FM. Real lyrics, real vocals and real music instead of software generated fake music.


May 14th, 2012
3:44 pm

Eddie was the best thing that place had going for it.


May 14th, 2012
3:58 pm

I’ve been hired for 23 jobs and been fired 4 times. Lifetime earnings: $921,000. I’m a big deal even though I’m fat and have a lot of gray hair in my early 30s.


May 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

agree with Finally…that guy packs a “tude


May 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

If you all mean Eddie’s attitude is that he does not permit talking during performances, then I fully support that attitude.

Love the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. Good luck Eddie!


May 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

Ooops, my bad regarding Alex and Midtown Music Fest. At least I didn’t post a silly “first” comment, so give me a break. But, I still think this decision was classless and they should change the name. I won’t be going back.

Michelle Roche

May 14th, 2012
4:13 pm

Any one that thinks Eddie Owen has an attitude must be a songwriter that has wanted to play the club and got rejected or ignored. I’ve been in the music biz over 20 years and Eddie is one of the best venue owners/bookers out there. True blue music lover….and great to artists!


May 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

It’s called Karma, y’all. All the hundreds of relationships that Eddie has nurtured over the years will remain loyal and will follow him to Duluth, instead. Had a sh*tty experience with new ownership on New Year’s Eve and haven’t been back since. This just hardens my resolve not to return even more.


May 14th, 2012
4:49 pm

I am in a band that has played Eddie’s Attic numerous times, plus, I have been to see many shows there. I always appreciated that they would throw out the incessant blabber mouths to let everyone hear the music. Always was treated really well by everyone there, including Eddie, whether as a patron or performer. Sad to see the demise of a great intown venue.

cliff grant

May 14th, 2012
4:52 pm

Eddie is a legend. I won’t be going back.


May 14th, 2012
5:02 pm

C’mon, people. He sold the club. Nobody pointed a gun at his head to make him do it..

People move apart. It is especially difficult for new owners to manage a former owner who becomes an employee. Eddie will always have his place in music history in Atlanta / Decatur.

If Red Clay would keep a regular schedule, folks will show up. There is PLENTY of room for more players in the local music scene.


May 14th, 2012
5:12 pm

The patrons that chit chat and shove food down their throats during performances are absolutely rude and the ones with the attitude. I used to love Eddie’s Attic but don’t anymore due to the customers. Best of luck to Eddie! You and Ted have a lot in common.


May 14th, 2012
5:16 pm

Eddie’s Attic….Rumors……Moonshadow Saloon….Great Southeast Music Hall. All great venues during their heydays, but like all things in music, once people get the smell of money in their nostrils, you can’t get rid of it. I worked as a sound/lighting tech at all four during my youth (1972-2000) and saw a lot of crap coming in once the owners forgot what a music venue was for….giving players a chance to be seen and grow. Now, with music downloads, YouTube, and IStore, who needs to go out?

Anyway, Decatur as a music town has dried up. The band store and Emile’s Violin shop is gone as is the heart of the arts. All that is left is banks and franchise food shops!

Eddie, I’ll catch you in Duluth, the new home for rising musicians.

Sammy “One-eye” Clemms, your old sound tech!


May 14th, 2012
5:21 pm

I took in a couple of shows at the new place, Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. It was great and I will be going back.

Kodac Harrison

May 14th, 2012
6:08 pm

I will personally miss Eddie in Decatur. He is a true music lover in a somewhat narrow sense. That is he likes acoustic singer/songwriter music performed in a listening room. He developed a place where performers of that vain could develope their careers and use the Attic as a spring-board to even bigger things. There have been few venues in the Atlanta area where musicians of any style could do that. Most have had to leave Atlanta. There is still grass-roots art in Decatur. Just check out Java Monkey on a Sunday night for the weekly poetry/spoken word reading that has been going on for almost 11 years.

Big Loss

May 14th, 2012
6:26 pm

I’ve been patron of Eddie’s Attic since it first opened. I admit when he sold it to pursue other intrests, it wasn’t the same. I was thrilled when he took over booking’s again. EO *is* Eddie’s Attic. Genuinely warm guy with big heart and an amazing ear for talent. Will not step foot on that patio again. Wherever Eddie is – be it a basement, attic, closet or garage. I’m there.

Dirty South TV

May 14th, 2012
6:27 pm

Eddie, We’re here in whatever capacity you need, and we are VERY familiar with The Red Clay Theatre and all of its pluses. Please let people know how and where to park way way in advance so you can continue your unblemished legacy in the Georgia music scene.

P.S. Those Hannah Thomas/Michelle Malone shows are as good as music gets.


May 14th, 2012
6:29 pm

I live in Berkeley Lake and plan to get over to the Red Clay Theatre soon. Eddie has already booked some great talent in there. And I hope he continues to crack down on folks who want to chat during a performance. I gave up on Chastain Park long ago for that very reason.


May 14th, 2012
6:39 pm

NOOOO! Eddie was and is one of the best. I can’t believe someone would fire someone who had been doing a great job for many years…can’t wait to see the new place!


May 14th, 2012
9:59 pm

Peter Colon is the one running Midtown these days..

Jerry Ray

May 15th, 2012
7:13 am

It’s very disappointing to hear that Eddie’s not going to be around Eddie’s Attic anymore. I was just there for the Over the Rhine show a couple of weeks ago, and it was still obvious how much affection Eddie has for the place, and how much the artists appreciate him. (And I’ve always loved the “Eddie’s Attitude” – a place to go and shut up and listen to the band.)

Robert Moore

May 15th, 2012
11:16 pm

Seems to me Eddie just outgrew the Decatur location. The Duluth location is a step up and multi-faceted. I hope this is what Eddie wanted all along.


May 16th, 2012
8:17 am

There is always more to a story folks and you need to consider there are reasons why Eddie sold the Attic and reasons why it was not doing so well, even with Eddie still there. Alex Cooley is a good man and doesn’t deserve to be slammed for this by people who don’t know him and who don’t know the back story on this. Things are not always what they seem and what seems obvious to many people on here is not the real story….Let’s see how long it lasts in Duluth and and consider that at least Eddie’s Attic has owners who care enough to clean the place up and keep it alive. (something Eddie didn’t manage to do himself for more than a decade btw….)


May 16th, 2012
12:24 pm

Eddies Attic has been a favorite of mine for many years. I have been there when Eddie was involved and when he wasn’t. I really did not care for Bob Ephlin’s management skills. When Eddie was there, it was a better vibe. Eddie’s new RCT has relocated some of my favorite acts to Duluth – which sucks for me since I have to drive twice as far as I did before. I wish he had chosen a Cobb County location. I suppose it’s time to find a newer venue closer to home. I just wonder if Eddie was able to abide the new No Smoking on the Patio rule. I doubt it.


May 16th, 2012
3:32 pm

I’ve worked for Alex Cooley. He’s a nice man, but the people he hires as management to help him with his business are AWFUL. At least at the place I worked. It was miserable. So out of touch and clueless about how the music business works.

Singer Songwriter Fan

May 20th, 2012
9:39 am

So sorry to hear that Eddie will not be a part of Decatur’s Eddie’s Attic. For us, he is Eddie’s and his support of young artists is unmatched. Such a loss for the Attic. We will definitely be trying out the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. Good News for Duluth! We have always enjoyed the enthusiasm and support Eddie brings to the Singer/Songwriters who are growing and working to get their music out to the public. Great vibe whenever Eddie is in the house!