Say it ain't so.
The man who put acoustic music - and singer-songwriters ranging from the Indigo Girls to John Mayer - on the map in Atlanta mostly via his namesake Eddie's Attic has exited the venerable Decatur music venue for good, according to Richard Eldredge of Atlanta magazine.
The timing couldn't be worse: Eddie's Attic is in the midst of celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. But Eldredge quotes a post taken straight from Owen's personal Facebook page Monday morning:
"I'm headed...this AM to put my FINAL Dave FM radio show in the can for 'Inside Eddie's Attic.' I won't be going inside Eddie's Attic again, got fired on Friday night."
Although Owen sold the venue after 10 years of ownership from 1992 to 2002, he remained a manager and talent booker as the club changed hands three times over the past decade. While he's been focused on booking acts under the title "Eddie Owen Presents" at Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, where he became manager last October, Owen was still actively assisting current Eddie's Attic owners Dave Mattingly and long-time Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley, who took over last November.
No word yet on the specifics regarding his dismissal, but it sounds like Owen was taken by surprise. He recently told Atlanta magazine, "I don't think I'll ever leave the attic."
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