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Hey there,

I’d like to talk about fear but first: A good friend of ours, Michael Tolbert, is working on a fantastic web series called Underground 13. Skymonk’s tune ‘So Low’ will be featured in the show! We’re so excited, this is our first time being placed in a series! Yeah!

A bit more about the show. Underground 13 is a crime action drama full of mystery and twists.The cast and crew are loaded with some heavy hitters including but not limited to:

  • Ebony Wilson, who has been featured in such films as Iron Man 3
  • Faith Creech, an associate of Midnight Crow Productions
  • Jon Trammell, a longtime associate to Midnight Crow Productions
  • Michael Tolbert, making his acting debut on the series and also runs Operation Adventure
  • Daniel Troyer, a guest cinematographer on board production based out of North Carolina, and a rising DP
  • Brigham McNeely, a star in the series, resident gaffer, camera man, and sound operator
  • Stephen Mackenzie Brown is an actor, resident sound man and boom operator

Check out the new episode this Saturday and listen for ‘So Low’! Click here for the link  — Be sure to leave a comment, let us know what you think of the song in the show!

To download ‘So Low’ and 6 other tunes from our website, click here. We’ll just need an email address to send them to you.


On a further reading note I’d like to level with you today. I’ve been reading about success, what that means, how it works, etc. And there is something wild about it. Something unattainable. And it looks different for everyone. Which is why people have been writing about it since business and the idea of success started.

I’ve always been told that, and even thought most of my life, that success is just a singular event. A moment you could capture and put your finger on — that day, that time, that moment was when someone was successful and knew it…

But the more I read, the more I work, the harder we push, I don’t think success looks or happens like that at all. I think success is a long, winding, wavering, meandering path, that some days just seems to take it’s sweet frigging time. My dad would tell you anything worth getting is worth waiting for, worth working hard for. I agree with that wholeheartedly.

Skymonk’s song ‘So low’ is being featured on a web series called Underground 13 and for me, that’s a big deal. I like that creative people can work together and achieve their goals working as a team — that”s one of my favorite parts about this business. And this opportunity we’ve been blessed with is one of the hundreds, maybe thousands of seemingly small events that happen on the path to success that really can’t be tied to one single event. But just like any wall, any building, any monument, you can’t really see all the pieces at the same time that make up that grand design. They are hundreds, sometimes thousands of tiny victories that keep you moving forward and pushing for the thing that you are after.

I think about where we were this time last year. We had just finished recording the first thing Skymonk as a group was truly proud of. We had never left the state of South Carolina, had never toured, had never made a music video. Hell, we didn’t have any video, let alone, something we made on purpose. I had hardly touched my video editing software, because frankly I was scared of it, I was scared of looking foolish and failing, embarrassing our group or being found out that that was something I wasn’t very good at.

We were scared. Not like out in the open scared, but deep deep down.  And part of me wonders if we weren’t scared of success itself. Realizing that yes, you do have potential, can be a terrifying realization.

But we didn’t give up. We kept pushing. And sometimes we bombed. But those bombs became less and less often and got us to where Skymonk is today. As a group, as a band, as a creative collective of minds making music for ourselves and other people. Stumbling forward is a mindset that saved us from being paralyzed by inaction. I wanted to share that with you because most people struggle with stumbling, fear of failure. Whether that’s taking on a new job, a weight loss program, a move, a new relationship, an exercise program, an intimidating hike, whatever it may be — we can’t let fear dictate what we do and don’t do.

We have to embrace failure as part of the process and stop demonizing not getting things right the first time. Or even the second. Or third.

So today I just wanted to share something uplifting and have a conversation with you.

I’m curious what would you try if you knew you couldn’t fail? Share with us and with others in the comments below. I want to hear what you have to say. Everyone who does will get a free acoustic track. 


March 8th New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, South Carolina — with Sleeping Policeman, Semi Casuals.



Until next time,



Hey there, So let’s get right into it. Skymonk has been busy.


ben-posterizedThis past weekend we’ve officially started our first full length album! Ben was crushing some drums this Saturday burning through 6 of the 11 tunes over the day. Impressive. He’ll never tell you, but he thrived under a time crunch. What a boss. So proud. We’ve got to give a big thanks to Boot Areola and Brian Smith of Frets and Necks Hartsville, SC for helping us put this together. Without you guys this would not be possible.

We’ve got a tasty 11 tunes coming your way. Some you’ve heard before and we’re re-vamping, others are considerably newer and are getting a fresh look since this fall when we took the whole catalog out on the road to be played live. We’ve decided on these 11 songs for the untitled album thus far:

kelly-bnwAll my shame

Cheating Heart


Across the pond

Sexy Tango

Old Dog 



Green Lion

Oh my Lord


 We’ve got quite a bit of work ahead of us but we’ll keep you in the loop as we progress. Me and Scotty are probably up next to fill out some guitars and start really hearing how things are coming together.


We’ve got a fancy new app in the right hand panel of the site called Bandsintown that keep our shows on the front page here. If you’re like me and occasionally highly unorganized, this helps me remember what great shows are happening when and where. And if you dig on Skymonk, follow us on Bandsintown so you’ll always know if we’re in your area. Super easy. But coming up we’ve got

Feb 27th – Macs Hartsville, SC

Mar 8th – New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC with Sleeping Policeman and Semi Casuals

Mar 19th – Art Bar Columbia, SC with DYEL

April 11th – Jillians Columbia, SC


And as promised I want to make sure you get to see some cool live video shot at one of our favorite spots in Florence, SC at Southern Hops. Sam Davis, took the liberty of shooting some video for us. If you haven’t checked out his channel on Youtube, Sam is on the up and up on what’s going on around the Pee-Dee area. Click here to subscribe to Sam’s Youtube channel.  This track is called ‘Oh my Lord’


Charleston/Columbia indie rock friends DYEL and us are doing a couple shows together this coming spring starting with Art Bar in March. We’re so pumped to share an air mattress in a strangers attic with them. They are putting out a new track for the summer, so be sure to snag that. While you’re waiting, do yourself a favor and check out their EP available for purchase at their bandcamp site.

As always, we love you for being a part of what we’re doing and supporting us. We couldn’t do it without you. Fo’ sho’.

Until next time,


Hello, everyone.  I’m back with another edition of Scotty’s Guitar of the Week!

Today, I am bringing you a sweeeeeeeet guitar. This is 1949 Gibson, that we believe to be either an L-5 or L-50. I first came across this guitar when I started my apprenticeship at Frets and Necks almost three years ago.

I love archtop guitars because they have a very unique sound. They sound thinner than big flat top dreadnoughts like a Martin D-18, but they are meant for a different style of music. These guitars sound awesome in jazz, folk and delta blues. There are also electric variants with pickups and cutaways.

These are typically made by hand-carving a bowl into the spruce top and maple or birch back.

The story behind this guitar is really sad. The original owner bought it, probably in the 1960s, because he wanted to learn to play and perform. After a few lessons his teacher told him bluntly to just sell his guitar because he couldn’t sing and would never be able to play guitar well enough to perform. As a teacher myself I was totally appalled when he told me this, because I would never turn away a student who is eager to learn. I am a firm believer that anyone can play an instrument. We might not all take the stage at Carnegie Hall, but everyone has the right and ability to partake in the joy of creating music. What that teacher did was deprive someone of joy and that’s just wrong and shameful.

The previous owner put this guitar on consignment at Frets & Necks probably around 4-6 years ago, and it sat…and it sat…and it sat…and it sat.  It had many admirers, but no one wanted to take home the little Gibson, complete with her character marks and signs of aging.

I kept prodding my girlfriend, Ashley, to try this little beauty out, but she kept declining.  Eventually she relented and picked her up and fell in love.  Any chance she got, she came into the shop to play the Gibson.  It took a few months, and a lot of fear of someone else buying the guitar as a Christmas present, but she finally gave the Gibson a home.  And I’m glad she did.  Not only do I get the extra opportunity to study and play this guitar, but I felt like she deserved this beauty.

This Gibson is easy to play, sounds great and produces some awesome overtones.

I’ll leave you with some pictures and a video link.  In case you’re wondering, I put the hoop in the picture because my girlfriend let’s me put my music equipment everywhere, because I let her put her hoops everywhere.  It’s a symbiotic relationship.

Video clip of the Gibson in action.



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