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Mar 25 2016

Meet Me In Atlantis

Meet Me In Atlantis


This is a shameless plug for my younger brother Corey, his band Meet Me In Atlantis. They just released their 1st EP. They should be proud. Taking on a record with no budget, no resources, scrimping and saving cash to get things done against the odds is something to be proud of. For me, because I’ve been on the other end of the phone the whole time, am very aware of many of the struggles. Also because I’ve been in these shoes and walked around in them. It’s tough, it’s harder than most people realize how much work it truly is juggle schedules, money and put out good music. So congratulations fellas, nice work. The EP rocks, check it out.


Hey all,

It’s been a hot minute since you’ve heard from us. sm2There are a number of reasons for that and anyone who has ever taken on a creative project is probably familiar with the hands in the air, shrugged shoulders, eyes wide feeling and murmuring something along the lines of ‘life happens’. Scott, Ben, and myself have all been through some changes personally. I won’t get into the nitty gritty, but Skymonk has experienced some great joys this past year and we’ve dealt with some absolutely crippling losses. Time goes quickly and the passing advice from friends, fans regarding time has never resonated more than it does today. Time is short, time is running out, time is not on our side, time is slipping away, so with that being said, we move forward into 2016 with full hearts that we can simply bring great music to those of you who like to listen. sm5

I’m pleased to say that despite our challenges, we’ve been chugging along quietly through 2015, writing some new tunes, exploring some new opportunities like working with Low Watt Studio in Savannah, GA, and getting some of our own equipment for recording so we can bring you some different versions of the songs you’re already familiar with. That being said 2016 has a whole new feel to it, at least to us. I know not everybody buys into the notion that with a new year comes a new, clean slate. Yes, it is just a calendar date, but we’re taking this New Year, this latest change to heart and with that comes some new experiments, new music, and some new ventures.

Keep your eyes peeled on your inbox. Like I mentioned we’ve been working with Low Watt Studio and we’ve got a fantastic single to start the year off right. We’ll be sharing where and when you can get our latest single “Stitches” as soon as post-production is complete. We’re super pumped and we’re taking on some new territory this year, more Charleston, more Charlotte, more Florence, more South in general, and as always, plenty of Cola shows for fans on our home turf. We’re looking forward to seeing your smiling faces at the next Skymonk show.

See you soon,


#skymonk #ymyd




Hello, good people!  It has been a while, hasn’t it?

I believe it is high time we take a look at another really cool guitar.

What I’ve got for you today is my Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500 MVS.

First, a very brief history about Epiphone, 140 years in the making.

Working in the instrument repair business, I have noticed that some refer to the Epiphone brand mockingly–calling it “Epi-phony”. What a lot of people don’t realize is that Epiphone is one of America’s oldest instrument makers dating all the way back to 1873.  That’s just 40 years younger than the Martin Guitar Co.

Epiphone started by making mandolins–one of the most popular instruments at the time. By the 1920s, they had expanded into making banjos as well.  In 1928, they began making acoustic guitars in order to compete with who they viewed as their biggest rival. That rival would be none other than a little guitar company known as Gibson.

Throughout the 20s and 30s, Epiphone and Gibson maintained a vicious rivalry, continually trying to one up the other.   Gibson had the L-5 Archtops.  Epiphone had the Recording Series Archtops. Gibson introduced the Super 400.  Epiphone introduced the Emperor.  You get the idea.

After World War 2 however, Epiphone experienced a number of setbacks. In 1945, Epi–the son of the founder and President of the company–died of leukemia. This left the company in the hands of his two sons, who did not get along. The other problem was that while Epiphone was a favorite with consumers prior to WWII, after the war they did not retain the celebrity following that Gibson enjoyed.

Then in the 1950’s, with the introduction of the solid body electric guitar such as Fender’s Telecaster and Gibson’s Les Paul, the Epiphone company declined further. In 1957, the Gibson company, partially under the advice of Les Paul, bought Epiphone to tune of $20,000.

Instead of integrating the Epiphone the line into the Gibson brand, Gibson decided to revive Epiphone with a new line of instruments.  This was in part a business ploy to help market Gibson’s to dealers who had not quite proven themselves enough to sell Gibsons.

Since this decision, Epiphone has existed as a thriving, separate entity from Gibson, despite being under the same umbrella.  This is how we got to the Epiphones today, that are mainly being built in Korea and Japan.

Now a little more about my Epiphone.

This guitar features a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. The VS in the model number stands for the vintage sunburst finish. This is one of my favorite guitars to play.  It has a wonderful round sound that has played some Gibsons under the table. Also, the body style is similar to a Gibson J45.   The sloped shoulders makes a very comfortable playing guitar.

Epiphone has a fascinating history and makes some pretty awesome guitars if you ask me.  If you want to delve more into the history of Epiphone, visit, which is where I brushed up on my Epiphone history before writing this blog.

Finally the pictures!

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