You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>These days, every time my mom comes to visit she brings me one of the many giant scrapbooks she’s created over the years. “Less to clean out when I die”, she says. Fair point. And more fodder for #tbt is my point. Here is am, flanked my two of the biggest musical influences in my young life - on the left is Al Myers, who backed me up in every contest for about 20 years. He learned the chords to every one of my weird tunes and he helped me make decisions about what to play when I was too discombobulated to think. And he was always right. On the right we have Junior Daugherty - by example he taught me that danceability  and a real sense of melody would serve me better in the long run than any fancy pants musical posturing ever would. He also taught me Snowshoes. Which would have been plenty, all on its own. #fiddle #dancefiddler #rickhobbsguitar #norcal #bowlcut #mtlassen  (at Happy Valley, California)</p>

These days, every time my mom comes to visit she brings me one of the many giant scrapbooks she’s created over the years. “Less to clean out when I die”, she says. Fair point. And more fodder for #tbt is my point. Here is am, flanked my two of the biggest musical influences in my young life - on the left is Al Myers, who backed me up in every contest for about 20 years. He learned the chords to every one of my weird tunes and he helped me make decisions about what to play when I was too discombobulated to think. And he was always right. On the right we have Junior Daugherty - by example he taught me that danceability and a real sense of melody would serve me better in the long run than any fancy pants musical posturing ever would. He also taught me Snowshoes. Which would have been plenty, all on its own. #fiddle #dancefiddler #rickhobbsguitar #norcal #bowlcut #mtlassen (at Happy Valley, California)

Posted 4 hours ago
<p>Beautiful lighting in our front yard today. But some things are more photogenic than others. #sirwinstoncup #busterkeaton #bkeats #blackandwhitecats #bostonterrier #bostonterriersofinstagram  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Beautiful lighting in our front yard today. But some things are more photogenic than others. #sirwinstoncup #busterkeaton #bkeats #blackandwhitecats #bostonterrier #bostonterriersofinstagram (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 18 hours ago
<p>I spent some time at #marathonmotorworks this afternoon. And this time I actually studied the history of the cars that were made there back at the beginning of the automotive revolution. Walked right by all the suckers waiting in line to see antiques from the tv and right into another world of actual history. I highly recommend a visit here next time you’re in town. Especially you @cespeed because the fonts, oh the fonts… #nashville #automotivehistory  (at Marathon Motor Works Nashville)</p>

I spent some time at #marathonmotorworks this afternoon. And this time I actually studied the history of the cars that were made there back at the beginning of the automotive revolution. Walked right by all the suckers waiting in line to see antiques from the tv and right into another world of actual history. I highly recommend a visit here next time you’re in town. Especially you @cespeed because the fonts, oh the fonts… #nashville #automotivehistory (at Marathon Motor Works Nashville)

Posted 4 days ago
<p>Moved my office this morning. You’ll all see the super fun reason why in just a few days… Bonus is getting to teach next to my favorite plant that @nateleellc gave me. #fiddle #fiddleteacher #skypelessons #ilovethisplant (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Moved my office this morning. You’ll all see the super fun reason why in just a few days… Bonus is getting to teach next to my favorite plant that @nateleellc gave me. #fiddle #fiddleteacher #skypelessons #ilovethisplant (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Happy #worldpoetryday to all my friends. #edwinarlingtonrobinson  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy #worldpoetryday to all my friends. #edwinarlingtonrobinson (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 1 week ago

A few free minutes between the staff concert and the fried chicken. #whiskeybeforebreakfast #nashvilleflatpickcamp #fiddle #mandolin #fiddletunes @tylerandal @danvoightmandolins (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 1 week ago

Here she is folks. It’s #dancingmur Monday! And this time, she’s found a friend. You knew it would happen eventually. She’s a catch on the dance floor. Thanks to @thecampbellgram and all the lovelies in the @jimmystewartmusic band for providing her with such rhythmic inspiration. #dancingwithmur (at Station Inn)

Posted 1 week ago
<p>This is everything you need to know about #nashvilleflatpickcamp ❤️They may be hooligans but they’re our hooligans. #martinguitar #nashville #flatpick #promusicianlife #gameface  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

This is everything you need to know about #nashvilleflatpickcamp ❤️They may be hooligans but they’re our hooligans. #martinguitar #nashville #flatpick #promusicianlife #gameface (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Bass lessons with Brandon. #heslefthanded #hedidnttellmetotakeitoutofthestand #thiswasntaverygoodlesson #prettysurethatsnothowyoudoit #lessonslearnt  (at Carter Vintage Guitars)</p>

Bass lessons with Brandon. #heslefthanded #hedidnttellmetotakeitoutofthestand #thiswasntaverygoodlesson #prettysurethatsnothowyoudoit #lessonslearnt (at Carter Vintage Guitars)

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Happy St. Patrick’s Day from me, Wayne Henderson, and our camper David who was also cool enough to wear green plaid. #stpatricksday #nashvilleflatpickcamp #hendersonguitars #martinguitar #nashville #drivingthesnakesoutofflatpickcamp  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from me, Wayne Henderson, and our camper David who was also cool enough to wear green plaid. #stpatricksday #nashvilleflatpickcamp #hendersonguitars #martinguitar #nashville #drivingthesnakesoutofflatpickcamp (at Fiddlestar)

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...