Eddie Owen (Courtesy Atlanta Magazine)
DECATUR, Ga. -- Eddie has left the Attic. According to his personal Facebook page this morning, Eddie Owen, namesake of metro Atlanta's 20-year-old music venue Eddie's Attic, was fired last Friday night.
Owen, 56, sold the venue bearing his name in 2002, but he stayed on as manager and talent booker in the years since.
Under Owen's leadership, Eddie's Attic became one of the great places in the nation to premiere acoustic music, as well as the first place that many people got wind of artists like the Indigo Girls, Sugarland and John Mayer.
Late last year, Owen became manager of Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, where he books acts under the name "Eddie Owen Presents."
From his own account, Owen appeared to be very happy with his place at Eddie's Attic. In an interview in this month's Atlanta Magazine, Owen said, "I don't think I'll ever leave the Attic."
Facebook and Twitter fans of Owen's took to the social media platforms Monday as word spread of Owen's departure from Eddie's Attic.
In one Facebook post, Teel Montague said, "Atlanta Songwriters' best friend, Eddie Owen will no longer be at HIS Attic in Decatur my friends. Go visit him and check out the shows at his venue, Red Clay Theater. It's in Duluth y'all! Maybe there will be a mass exodus."
On Twitter, Stacey Oliver said, "Wow! How can they have Eddie's Attic without Eddie? Completely bummed."