Eddie's Attic

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Eddie's Attic
Address515-B N. McDonough St.
LocationDecatur, Georgia
Coordinates33°46′26.4″N 84°17′46.9″W / 33.774000°N 84.296361°W / 33.774000; -84.296361Coordinates: 33°46′26.4″N 84°17′46.9″W / 33.774000°N 84.296361°W / 33.774000; -84.296361
OwnerAlex Cooley and Dave Mattingly

Eddie's Attic is a music club in Decatur, Georgia. Founded in 1992 by Eddie Owen,[1] it is a venue for both local musical talent and musicians of some acclaim who often got their start in the Atlanta area. Artists who developed their fanbase at Eddie's Attic include Shawn Mullins, Sugarland, Michelle Malone, Justin Bieber, disappear fear, The Civil Wars, John Mayer and Crystal Bowersox. Eddie's Attic also hosts a bi-annual songwriting contest, the Eddie's Attic Open Mic Shootout, where musical acts from around the United States compete to win a $1000 prize. Former winners of the contest include Atlanta's John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Clay Cook, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Jennifer Daniels,[2] The Brilliant Inventions and Tyler Childers. The highly regarded open-mic has been hosted by Matt Arnett since 2012.

In March 2002, Owen sold the business to Todd Van Sickle, (then-husband of Sugarland member Jennifer Nettles)[3] who in turn sold the business to Bob Ephlin in June 2005. In November 2011, Ephlin sold the club to concert promoter Alex Cooley and his business partner Dave Mattingly.[4]

On May 11, 2012, founder and namesake Eddie Owen, who had remained the club's talent booker, was fired from his position and now hosts live music at Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, Georgia.


  1. ^ "Crank up the music, Eddie throws open the Attic", May 23, 1992. Atlanta Journal- Constitution
  2. ^ Jackson, Josh (October 7, 2008). "Eddie's Attic Open Mic Night". Paste. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  3. ^ "On the sweet Sugarland express". USA Today. November 1, 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Eddie Owen Returning to Eddie's Attic, Teaming Up with Alex Cooley". Decaturmetro.com. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2018.

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