By Faye Edmundson and Ralph Ellis
Eddie Owen, the founder of , is not severing ties with the Decatur folk club after all.
"You will hear that I have agreed to help and Dave Mattingly, the new owners of Eddie's Attic, and they have agreed to help me,” said Owen, who recently took a job booking music into the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. “It is true. And it is a very good and exciting marriage. They close on the purchase Dec 1.”
Atlanta concert promoter Cooley, co-creator of Music Midtown, and Mattingly .
Owen, who'd been managing the club, left a few weeks before the announcement of the sale . At that time, he made no mention of continuing to work with Eddie's Attic.
Over the past two decades Owen and Eddie’s Attic have been credited with launching the careers of the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, John Mayer, Sugarland, and the Zack Brown Band.
Owen signed a lease agreement in October with the city of Duluth to present live music acts at Red Clay. Owen had planned to launch with performances by Edwin McCain and Erick Baker Nov. 26 during Thanksgiving Weekend, but he announced that show has been postponed until Jan. 28.
Hood, who still performs with Drive-By Truckers, will be appearing solo at the post-Thanksgiving concerts on stage at the Red Clay Theatre. A songwriter and singer, “he’s a performer in his own right,” Owen said. Tickets for the first Friday and Saturday night concerts are on sale online for $20 at www.eddieowenpresents.com or at the door if there are any left.
Owen already has shows lined up for other dates. The concert line-up so far includes:
- Dec. 2,3 – Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers
- Dec. 17 – Ed Roland of Collective Soul
- Dec. 30 – Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
- Dec. 31 – The Mosier Brothers and Friends
- Jan. 28 – Edwin McCain with special guest Erick Baker
- Feb. 25 – Darrell Scott