Rising Stars’ Lesser-Known Hits: A Playlist

Under-the-radar tunes curated by the booking manager of Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia

There’s no shortage of big time musicians who have gotten their start at Eddie’s Attic, an old-school listening room in Decatur, Georgia. The Indigo Girls, the Civil Wars, Jennifer Nettles, and John Mayer have all proven their singing and songwriting mettle on the venue’s small stage.

These days, booking manager Andrew Hingley, who covered music as a blogger before coming to the Attic in 2012, keeps the tradition alive by seeking out a new pool of stars on their way up. He’s brought in everyone from Patterson Hood (“no one even knew we were doing that show”) to Sturgill Simpson (“the first time we had him, only four people came out”) to Holly Williams (“that girl writes heartfelt tunes like no other”).

We asked him to share some of his favorite listens from artists who have graced the Attic’s stage over the past few years. “I’ve found all of these people to be incredibly humble, unbelievable storytellers,” Hingley says. “For this mix, I chose their under-the-radar songs, the ones you might not necessarily have heard, but that are well-written, lyrically driven, and that’ll be on your playlist eternally. Take ‘Codeine’ by Jason Isbell, for instance. That’s a great track, and quite comical—the kind of song that sticks around.”