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Ghost Lights was written about the Brown Mountain Lights in western NC, a phenomenon that perplexes scientists and adventure-seekers today.  Recorded sightings have gone back as far as 1200 A.D., and as a result, a great many legends have arisen to try and explain them.  As natives to the area near Brown Mountain, Jimmy and his wife, Chassta, wanted to write a song that encompassed what their home has to offer, as well as their love for the acoustic tradition of Appalachian story-telling through folk music.  What transpired was a song that began at a traditional place and ended in terrain Atkins is known for...rock-infused acoustic songwriting.

*Photo used with permission from Joshua P. Warren of


Listen to the first time Ghost Lights was played on-the-air during Asheville 103.3 FM's Riffin' segment!


My debut album is finally here.  The Pen & The Page was written down in the hidden pages of my journals for the past 5 years, and remained there...until now.  Chronicling experiences from the newness of marriage to my own musings on what it'd be like to be the captain of a ship singing to his long lost love, this album is the first foray into a new chapter, if you will, of my life.  Thanks for coming along and sharing the journey.  You can purchase The Pen & The Page by clicking here.

I really love Coldplay's music, and with their release, Ghost Stories, something about this song just gripped me.
You can have it for FREE by clicking "download" on the graphic to the left.  I also have it released on every digital outlet available, including iTunes, here.  Please listen, purchase, share, and review to help me spread this cover.  I really believe you'll love it.

See the accompanying video, filmed and directed by Josh Lanier, on the video tab here.

Earlier Works

You may or may not know that I've been in a band for all of my musical career (10+ years).  It follows that there are more recordings out there that are dear to my heart.  Below are samples of music from my former bands (Elishah/Second Hand City), as well as collaborations with fellow musicans/friends.  I hope you enjoy them. 
(*To skip to another song on an album, just click the skip button on the bottom right of each player.)

Second hand city


scapes & scenes (jimmy atkins and ricky rodriguez)