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Hey Friends,

So Skymonk and DYEL had a nice little 3 night run for

sbbColumbia, SC 3/19 – Art Bar

Charleston, SC 3/20 – House Show

Asheville, NC 3/21 – One Stop Deli

Charleston hit a snag and it didn’t work out but we’ll be giving it another go in the future. It happens. So we dedicated this post to Meatloaf for framing this perfectly with his song, “2 out of 3 ain’t bad”. Yeah it’s weird, so what.

The good news is we’ll be rocking Art Bar Columbia, SC on 3/19 with Soensoes and One Stop Deli in Asheville, NC on 3/21 with Stereo Reform. Exciting!!!!

So, as always, the amps will be warm, speakers will be kicking and we’d love to see your smiling faces.

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Until next time,



Hello everyone!

It’s time for another Scotty’s Guitar of the Week!!

I thought it was time to finally bring you my go-to bass.

This is my B.A. Ferguson SMT-B4-SR, otherwise known as “Betty White” the Shirley bass.

We finished building this bass in July of 2014, just in time for Ms. White to make it into the B.A. Ferguson/Unitas booth at the 2014 Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants Expo) in Nashville TN.

Here’s the story:

I first met Boot back in 2007 when I needed a saddle for my Yamaha FG-75 acoustic guitar. This is when Frets & Necks was still above the old Hartsville pawn shop, three moves ago. I remember walking in and asking the owner of Hartsville Pawn if he had any of the long white pieces of plastic that go in the bridges of acoustic guitars. He proceeded to call to a guy in the back of the store.  Boot came up and said he could help.  He would only need an hour and that would include a restring.

About an hour later, he handed me back the guitar. I remember being amazed at the fact that he had to make the saddle by hand, and that it wasn’t just some simple piece of plastic like I had originally thought.  It was something that had to be finely tuned to the guitar. A few months later, I brought my 5 string G&L L-2500 bass guitar in for some setup work from Boot. During this trip, he told me that he started building guitars and that he had finished a few, including a few basses. I was really excited about the possibility of one day owning a bass that was built in my hometown.

Over the following years I became fascinated with lutherie, and did a lot of research into bass making. After a series of unfortunate events that turned out for the better in the end, I began my journey into lutherie and started training under Boot as an apprentice. I was itching to get started on my bass, but it would be at least a year after I started my apprenticeship that the plans were made and set into motion.  During that time, I even sold my G&L, so I could afford the parts.  It was a long process since other projects had to be tended to first, but piece by piece, Betty White was born.

Now for the specs:  She has a one piece body that is made out of Honduran mahogany, with a 300 year old Redwood cap. The neck is a single piece of quartersawn maple taken from a piano beam, and the fretboard is made out of teak. The neck has an offset V shape which gives it a rock solid feel combined with the 7.25″ radius on the fretboard. It has a 35″ scale which lends more tension to the bass, giving her a nice, crisp, clear tone. The neck pickup is a Kent Armstong Hot Twins P-bass pickup, and the bridge pickup is a prototype jazz bass pickup that my buddy Patrick gave to me made by Heavy Air Pickups in the UK.

Interesting fact:  The Honduran mahogany was supposedly originally slated for the Gibson factory, held by a wood-curing company in Kingstree, SC.  Through a few chance events, the remnants of that mahogany has ended up in our wood supply.

This is by far my favorite bass. She’s comfortable to play and sounds incredible. There is no gig this bass cannot handle, much like her namesake…

Without further talking…


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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,