We recently got back from a crazy awesome trip to Atlanta, GA, where we played the infamous Eddie’s Attic and wanted to share the experience with you all! BTW, John Mayer got his start here as a doorman (they eventually put him on stage and the rest is history) and The Civil Wars gained notoriety after they gave away copies of the CD of their LIVE performance from Eddie’s.
Our journey began early Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend. We took off at 8am, our car packed to the brim, along with ourselves and our wonderful musician friend, Brent Lindley. We started our ride off with Mad Libs (blubbery laugh duck?! Haha) which kept us alert during the somewhat-early-ish hours. Taylor nodded off for a few moments, as she usually does during longer drives, but woke up to take in the beautiful Chattanooga landscape.
We pulled into the Buckhead area in no time (it’s only a 4 hour drive, and we only made one gas stop) and had lunch at our favorite Atlanta tradition—Houston’s. However, we were very disappointed they changed their chicken tenders recipe (they’re not listed on the menu, they’re an ‘underground’ item) because there was barely any chicken in them! As Chloe put it, “I basically ate batter for lunch!” (or Mom, “I basically paid $18 bucks for batter! Who charges $18 for chicken tenders anyway?”). Taylor enjoyed her burger and Brent really liked his ribs. It was nice to meet up with friends who are like family (Taylor was born in Atlanta) and relax after the drive.
Later that afternoon we picked up our other musician friend, Jonathan Robinson who flew in from a gig in Nebraska. Turns out there are two MARTA stations by Perimeter Mall—he was at one, while we were at the other—and of course we drove all around creation trying to find him before we figured this out! Luckily we made it in time for the Embassy Suites COMPLIMENTARY drink reception! Yay!! We love complimentary drinks—especially delicious Shirley Temples!
That evening we headed to Stone Mountain for the laser light show. Apparently Taylor has been to this show when she was very young, but she didn’t remember that experience. We brought our instruments with us and (Jonathan even played the mandolin on our long walk to the mountain) and we had a mini jam session on the hill while we waited for the show to start.
The next morning we woke up and enjoyed our complimentary breakfast (woot woot!), which means Taylor headed straight for the hot cocoa machine. Our gig at Eddie’s Attic wasn’t until the evening, so after we checked out (and sang a couple songs for the hotel staff) we headed over to our friends’ the Roberts, and went swimming at their neighborhood pool. It had been a while since we’d gone swimming, so we made the most of it, doing crazy flips and jumps off the diving board. After swimming we rehearsed a bit. We were joining in on each others numbers and we needed to make sure we had the harmony and/or guitar parts figured out.
The Eddie’s Attic performances started around 6pm, and we were slated to go on at 9:10-ish. Jonathan was on at 9pm and Brent went at 9:20. We each got to play two songs, and Jonathan backed us on Barbie Doll and Slaves To Cupid. The joint was pretty cozy, the entire room was filled for the majority of the performances, and nearly every audience member was attentive and listening—so props to Eddie’s Attic!
Their food was delicious, we were obsessed with their Mac n’ Cheese and the portions were generous and reasonably priced! A unique thing about Eddie’s Attic is they will record the audio of your live performance for $10. We love performing live for an audience, and Jim, the sound guy, was fantastic. Not only did it sound great during the performance—the CD even passes the car test!
At the end of the night, once everyone had finished performing, they chose three acts to come back up on stage and perform another song. We were thrilled when they called our name, and were so excited to be one of three finalists that evening. We played Live To Feel Alive, an upbeat summer tune, to end on. Unfortunately one of Taylor’s guitar strings broke at the beginning of the song, which threw her guitar out of tune, but we played through it (you just have to smile and act like it didn’t happen). We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed meeting some of the other performers afterwards. The Wade Brothers won the spot to play in the songwriter shootout, so go check them out, they rocked!
We hit the road around 11:30pm and pulled into Nashville at 3:30am. The weekend sure went fast, but it was a great start to our summer!
Be sure to check out the Live at Eddie’s Attic YouTube videos we posted of Barbie Doll and Slaves To Cupid. The audio is nice and clear! We also incluced one of Jonathan’s and Brent’s songs. Let us know what you think.
Chloe & Taylor