You Can be a FiddleStar

I post things about fiddling. And how we can all be better at it.

<p>Scenes from the Contra dance, Friday night. We learned our lesson and made sure to attend the pre-dance lesson. Makes all the difference. Also, classic Nashville that the dance band was filled with superstar acoustic genius. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #contradance #nashvillenights #newnashville  (at Second Presbyterian Church)<br/>
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Scenes from the Contra dance, Friday night. We learned our lesson and made sure to attend the pre-dance lesson. Makes all the difference. Also, classic Nashville that the dance band was filled with superstar acoustic genius. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #contradance #nashvillenights #newnashville (at Second Presbyterian Church)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs1BmMbleV_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=17bt1qua2ts2r

Posted 8 hours ago
<p>Scenes from The Violin Shop on Friday night. I’m making old time viola a thing and don’t try to stop me. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #viola #banjo #nashvilleviolabanjocamp (at The Violin Shop)<br/>
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Scenes from The Violin Shop on Friday night. I’m making old time viola a thing and don’t try to stop me. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #viola #banjo #nashvilleviolabanjocamp (at The Violin Shop)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs0vOVflEjY/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=n4g615nymk9w

Posted 11 hours ago
<p>Scenes from Friday. Fiddles. Banjos. Leo Hickman. The person, not the cat. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #oldtime #fiddle #banjo #leohickman  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
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Scenes from Friday. Fiddles. Banjos. Leo Hickman. The person, not the cat. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #oldtime #fiddle #banjo #leohickman (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BszcmOhlH6R/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=fv72dq6upt9d

Posted 23 hours ago

Dance Dance Dance workshop is going just fine thank you. Special guest helper @mme_yarn along with @tylerandal and @reddytojam and Perry Brake rocking the band. Music is for dancing, people. That’s what I’m talking about! #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #oldtime #flatfooting #banjo #fiddle (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsyvllnFZj_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=te4vbgfhrqte

Posted 1 day ago
<p>And so it begins… #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #oldtime #banjo #fiddle (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
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And so it begins… #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #oldtime #banjo #fiddle (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BswgqqEFMJs/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1osr1tx2ruxw

Posted 2 days ago
<p>It’s about to begin. The @straightupstrings banjo strings just arrived (Thanks Kali - we’re so excited to partner with you!) and the nametags are arranged and the house will soon be filled with the old time tones. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #oldtime #fiddle #banjo (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsv_xdlFfkj/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1wifcq1h44g4k">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsv_xdlFfkj/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1wifcq1h44g4k</a></p>

It’s about to begin. The @straightupstrings banjo strings just arrived (Thanks Kali - we’re so excited to partner with you!) and the nametags are arranged and the house will soon be filled with the old time tones. #nashvillefiddlebanjocamp #oldtime #fiddle #banjo (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsv_xdlFfkj/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1wifcq1h44g4k

Posted 2 days ago
<p>#agingchallenge Not even that mad about this. 2010/2018 #lightninhopkins #theriverseine #crocketttoparis  (at Crockett, Texas)<br/>
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#agingchallenge Not even that mad about this. 2010/2018 #lightninhopkins #theriverseine #crocketttoparis (at Crockett, Texas)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsqeiZ0lh0y/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=gkfczjx85i8p

Posted 4 days ago

Still pushing some New York content. Won’t be done for a while. Here’s a clip of a really good thing that we saw. This is Marc Cohn with the Blind Boys of Alabama. This chorus of Walking in Memphis is excellent but you’re bummed I didn’t capture the moment where Jimmy from the Blind Boys introduced Marc as “my first Hebrew friend.” #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2019 #hebrewfriends #walkinginmemphis (at City Winery NYC)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BspIHq2lRiM/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1kt28c6ipj559

Posted 4 days ago
<p>Jaime O’Neill was my poetry teacher in college. He taught me to listen to the music of words. As a great lover of music himself, he understands how rhythm and melody are expressed in both mediums. Jaime is also a long-time family friend through a series of connections from when Mur was in grade school. He (along with his brilliant wife, Karen) has also been huge supporter of my musical endeavors, showing up at concerts and sending notes of encouragement and interviewing me for local publications in advance of my shows. Recently, Jaime and Karen lost their home and all their belongings in the Camp Fire and he has written a touching column in the @sfchronicle about the loss of their personal library. I’m just sharing this because I love Jaime and Karen and this is beautifully written and terribly sad and I hope you take a moment to read it. #campfire  (at Paradise, California)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BslYoKlFiYQ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1i4u429ujkghl">https://www.instagram.com/p/BslYoKlFiYQ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1i4u429ujkghl</a></p>

Jaime O’Neill was my poetry teacher in college. He taught me to listen to the music of words. As a great lover of music himself, he understands how rhythm and melody are expressed in both mediums. Jaime is also a long-time family friend through a series of connections from when Mur was in grade school. He (along with his brilliant wife, Karen) has also been huge supporter of my musical endeavors, showing up at concerts and sending notes of encouragement and interviewing me for local publications in advance of my shows. Recently, Jaime and Karen lost their home and all their belongings in the Camp Fire and he has written a touching column in the @sfchronicle about the loss of their personal library. I’m just sharing this because I love Jaime and Karen and this is beautifully written and terribly sad and I hope you take a moment to read it. #campfire (at Paradise, California)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BslYoKlFiYQ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1i4u429ujkghl

Posted 6 days ago
<p>There’s a magic parking lot in Nashville. If you stand in the middle of it and turn all the way ‘round, you will see the dim sum where no matter how much you eat, you can never spend more than $20 a person and the giant Asian supermarket and the better bubble tea place and the small Vietnamese market with the fresh made mochi. There’s also a store that sells snow skis but it’s easy to ignore. Happy birthday @tristanscroggins. We hope you enjoyed your magic parking lot lunch day. (I’ll be tagging all three of us plus @sethtaylor427 since he’s the one on the phone with Ashby.) #birthdayboi #magicparkinglot #westsidebestside  (at Lucky Bamboo China Bistro)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsjYmurFZh_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4f23x4rbvpen">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsjYmurFZh_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4f23x4rbvpen</a></p>

There’s a magic parking lot in Nashville. If you stand in the middle of it and turn all the way ‘round, you will see the dim sum where no matter how much you eat, you can never spend more than $20 a person and the giant Asian supermarket and the better bubble tea place and the small Vietnamese market with the fresh made mochi. There’s also a store that sells snow skis but it’s easy to ignore. Happy birthday @tristanscroggins. We hope you enjoyed your magic parking lot lunch day. (I’ll be tagging all three of us plus @sethtaylor427 since he’s the one on the phone with Ashby.) #birthdayboi #magicparkinglot #westsidebestside (at Lucky Bamboo China Bistro)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsjYmurFZh_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4f23x4rbvpen

Posted 1 week ago

 1/25/13
I am excited to embark on a new chapter of my working life - I recently gave my notice to the Pam Tillis organization and will no longer be touring with her or Lorrie Morgan (on their awesome Grits and Glamour Tour). I must admit, I'm sad to be leaving. It's been an incredible four years and I have learned so much. Thanks to Pam, her amazing husband/manager Matt Spicher, and my bandmates, especially the lovely and talented Mary Sue Englund, with whom I spent more time over the last few years than I did with my husband. And I wouldn't trade a minute of it...