Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Eddie's Attic will go on without Eddie Owen, says Alex Cooley

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Eddie Owen
After announcing via Facebook on Monday that he'd been "fired" from Eddie's Attic, the founder and longtime manager/talent booker of the iconic Decatur acoustic music venue, Eddie Owen, took to the social network again this morning to thank followers/fans/even media hounds for the outpouring of love/concern. He also attempted to quell any talk among loyal supporters intent on boycotting Eddie's Attic in the wake of his departure by assuring everyone that good music will conquer all - whether it's in Decatur (Eddie's Attic) or Duluth (Red Clay Theatre):

"Wow. Thanx for all the love. The ones of y'all that know me know that responding to each individual, on the computer, would take me 72 days. and to all those media / press folk, sorry I haven't called you back. it's a pretty simple story. Alex Cooley owns Eddie's, the decisions are his to make. He who owns the coins makes the rules. He fired me. It doesn't make him a bad guy, it's just a business decision he thinks best. Eddie's is still open and having shows and booking shows, and Decatur's still a cool town. For 20 years I booked Eddie's based on the promise to you that whatever was on the stage, would not suck. I'll be doing that very same thing with Eddie Owen presents at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. And that dream / vision for Duluth is bigger than Eddie, Alex Cooley and either joint, even combined. It's a chance to impact and leave an imprint proving "live music matters," that can far outlive Alex Cooley and me. Listen y'all, there are plenty of really good stages / joints in this town, all sizes, and plenty of y'all to support all of them. At the end of the day for me, it's about the song, please support any joint supporting that."

In an interview with Atlanta magazine's Richard Eldredge, Eddie's Attic co-owner Alex Cooley said today that Eddie Owen's departure "was the culmination of many things."

He also said that Owen "was no longer doing anything for the Attic [and] hasn't kept regular hours there in well over a month."

Cooley also stated his intention to preserve the Attic in Decatur. "I've done what I had to do to keep the Attic here," he said, adding that Eddie's "new passion" is the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. But Eddie's Attic is in safe hands, according to Cooley, who says Andrew Hingley will take Owen's place as full-time show booker. Cooley even contacted currently booked acts to ensure there were "no cancellations [and] no problems."

Read more about it on Eldredge's blog.

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