You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Well, isn’t this nice? Thank you to the nominating committee of the @intlbluegrass for including us in the Industry Involvement category of the IBMA Momentum Awards. Nashville Acoustic Camps is all about bridging gaps and narrowing divides between people by cramming them into our living room and teaching them to play bluegrass and old time music for hours on end. We’re a little surprised there’s an award for that, but since there is, we’re honored to be nominated for it. 😉 This is also an opportunity to thank our instructors, without whom we would not be able to do any of this and therefore the gaps would remain un-bridged and our living room would remain terribly lonely. This nomination is just as much for all of them. (Also, a bunch of them are nominated for awards of their own so clearly the IBMA recognizes how fabulous they are without me having to mention it.) #bluegrass #nashvilleacousticcamps #itsjustanhonortobenominated  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Well, isn’t this nice? Thank you to the nominating committee of the @intlbluegrass for including us in the Industry Involvement category of the IBMA Momentum Awards. Nashville Acoustic Camps is all about bridging gaps and narrowing divides between people by cramming them into our living room and teaching them to play bluegrass and old time music for hours on end. We’re a little surprised there’s an award for that, but since there is, we’re honored to be nominated for it. 😉 This is also an opportunity to thank our instructors, without whom we would not be able to do any of this and therefore the gaps would remain un-bridged and our living room would remain terribly lonely. This nomination is just as much for all of them. (Also, a bunch of them are nominated for awards of their own so clearly the IBMA recognizes how fabulous they are without me having to mention it.) #bluegrass #nashvilleacousticcamps #itsjustanhonortobenominated (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Happy #internationalcatday to the OG #catland boys #gretsch and #busterkeaton because they are precious and I love them.  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy #internationalcatday to the OG #catland boys #gretsch and #busterkeaton because they are precious and I love them. (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Walter and Christie took the whole @cartervintageguitars crew to a Nashville Sounds game and I must say, it was a spectacular night! The Sounds won, Adam and Machaela had some TotChos and just about everyone found out they could throw faster than they can run. Company field trip success. #cartervintageguitars #nashvillesounds #teambuilding  (at First Tennessee Park)</p>

Walter and Christie took the whole @cartervintageguitars crew to a Nashville Sounds game and I must say, it was a spectacular night! The Sounds won, Adam and Machaela had some TotChos and just about everyone found out they could throw faster than they can run. Company field trip success. #cartervintageguitars #nashvillesounds #teambuilding (at First Tennessee Park)

Posted 24 weeks ago
<p>In 2008, one of our dearest family friends, Eric Marshall, survived a harrowing private plane crash in Redding, CA. Andreas Fuhrmann took this photo of Eric’s precious dog Stanley as firefighter Jeremy Stokes carried him from the wreckage. Sadly, Jeremy Stokes was one of the firefighters killed in the #carrfire and I just learned about this connection to a photo I’ve had burned in my memory for over a decade. This is also my opportunity to let you all know that several members of my NorCal fiddle family have lost everything, including our friends Bob Snyder and Joanne Lobeski Snyder. Bob was the luthier at Bernie’s Guitar in Redding when I started teaching fiddle lessons there in 1989. He used to transcribe tunes for me and would bring me a new challenge almost every week. His wife Joanne taught me to crochet at a fiddle campout when I was eight years old. They’ve been by my side through some of the most important moments of my life since before I can remember. Bob’s archive of traditional fiddle music (reel to reel Weiser rounds from half a century ago, late night jams from the 70s, and on and on, you get the idea) was immeasurable and the loss of this collection of music is a huge blow to the traditional music community. That’s only one story of loss from this fire but there are thousands of others. Several members of our bluegrass community also suffered devastating losses in the #mendocinocomplexfire and I’m just sad for all of them. And I love them and this has been so tragic. I’m so grateful that my blood family is safe and sound but my heart breaks for my music family.  (at Redding, California)</p>

In 2008, one of our dearest family friends, Eric Marshall, survived a harrowing private plane crash in Redding, CA. Andreas Fuhrmann took this photo of Eric’s precious dog Stanley as firefighter Jeremy Stokes carried him from the wreckage. Sadly, Jeremy Stokes was one of the firefighters killed in the #carrfire and I just learned about this connection to a photo I’ve had burned in my memory for over a decade. This is also my opportunity to let you all know that several members of my NorCal fiddle family have lost everything, including our friends Bob Snyder and Joanne Lobeski Snyder. Bob was the luthier at Bernie’s Guitar in Redding when I started teaching fiddle lessons there in 1989. He used to transcribe tunes for me and would bring me a new challenge almost every week. His wife Joanne taught me to crochet at a fiddle campout when I was eight years old. They’ve been by my side through some of the most important moments of my life since before I can remember. Bob’s archive of traditional fiddle music (reel to reel Weiser rounds from half a century ago, late night jams from the 70s, and on and on, you get the idea) was immeasurable and the loss of this collection of music is a huge blow to the traditional music community. That’s only one story of loss from this fire but there are thousands of others. Several members of our bluegrass community also suffered devastating losses in the #mendocinocomplexfire and I’m just sad for all of them. And I love them and this has been so tragic. I’m so grateful that my blood family is safe and sound but my heart breaks for my music family. (at Redding, California)

Posted 24 weeks ago
<p>Our brand new additional Nashville Flatpick Camp has a few more spots available and you should probably grab one. Our original Flatpick Camps always sell out before we’re able to welcome new campers because the pesky returning campers take up all the spots so we added another camp. Wyatt Rice is going to show you everything you need to know about, well, everything. And you can jam with David Grier - no big deal. And Kenny Smith is going to change your life and Adam Schlenker is going to explain things so they make sense for the first time. Go to <a href="http://www.nashvilleflatpickcamp.net">www.nashvilleflatpickcamp.net</a> to grab one of the last few spots. It’s October 5-7 just north of Nashville and there will only be 15 campers at the entire camp. Oh! And we have a very special camp luthier - the actual guy who takes care of all the instruments at Carter Vintage - @gearldstrickland That’s special. #flatpicking #martinguitar @thompsonguitars #thompsonguitars #nashville #guitarcamp  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)</p>

Our brand new additional Nashville Flatpick Camp has a few more spots available and you should probably grab one. Our original Flatpick Camps always sell out before we’re able to welcome new campers because the pesky returning campers take up all the spots so we added another camp. Wyatt Rice is going to show you everything you need to know about, well, everything. And you can jam with David Grier - no big deal. And Kenny Smith is going to change your life and Adam Schlenker is going to explain things so they make sense for the first time. Go to www.nashvilleflatpickcamp.net to grab one of the last few spots. It’s October 5-7 just north of Nashville and there will only be 15 campers at the entire camp. Oh! And we have a very special camp luthier - the actual guy who takes care of all the instruments at Carter Vintage - @gearldstrickland That’s special. #flatpicking #martinguitar @thompsonguitars #thompsonguitars #nashville #guitarcamp (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)

Posted 24 weeks ago
<p>The #carrfire exploded overnight and evacuations are still underway. Shasta Lake City is now being added to the list. My family is currently safe but our homes are not out of danger. Many of my friends and their families are currently evacuated and are hoping for the best. Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed and the fire is barely 10% contained. The beautiful historic town of Old Shasta (where my dad and stepmom got married) has seen tremendous damage. As my brother and I wryly joked last night, we’ve always given Redding a hard time - you’re allowed to do that to the place where you grew up - but just like your mom, no one else is ever allowed to talk smack about it. This fire is destroying our city and we’re just devastated about it. Sending all our love to Shasta County. Oh, and just a reminder, if you can’t take your pets with you when you evacuate, don’t tie them up. Also, @havenhumanesociety is taking pets if you need somewhere to house them. #redding  (at Redding, California)</p>

The #carrfire exploded overnight and evacuations are still underway. Shasta Lake City is now being added to the list. My family is currently safe but our homes are not out of danger. Many of my friends and their families are currently evacuated and are hoping for the best. Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed and the fire is barely 10% contained. The beautiful historic town of Old Shasta (where my dad and stepmom got married) has seen tremendous damage. As my brother and I wryly joked last night, we’ve always given Redding a hard time - you’re allowed to do that to the place where you grew up - but just like your mom, no one else is ever allowed to talk smack about it. This fire is destroying our city and we’re just devastated about it. Sending all our love to Shasta County. Oh, and just a reminder, if you can’t take your pets with you when you evacuate, don’t tie them up. Also, @havenhumanesociety is taking pets if you need somewhere to house them. #redding (at Redding, California)

Posted 25 weeks ago
<p>Doing a little last minute practice for tonight’s show at the @stationinn1974 for the release of the @johnhartfordfiddle Mammoth Collection. Those of you who have already ordered and received your copy may have noticed that I was the copy editor for the book and I’m so honored to get to play a few tunes from it tonight. You can watch it live at <a href="http://www.stationinn.com/tribute.">www.stationinn.com/tribute.</a> @marysueenglund is even dusting off her fiddle to join me on one and the rest of the musicians are as top notch as you might expect for a John Hartford fiddle tune concert. I’m feeling very grateful to get to play some music tonight. #johnhartford #johnhartfordsmammothcollection #fiddle #fiddletunes #nashville (at Station Inn)</p>

Doing a little last minute practice for tonight’s show at the @stationinn1974 for the release of the @johnhartfordfiddle Mammoth Collection. Those of you who have already ordered and received your copy may have noticed that I was the copy editor for the book and I’m so honored to get to play a few tunes from it tonight. You can watch it live at www.stationinn.com/tribute. @marysueenglund is even dusting off her fiddle to join me on one and the rest of the musicians are as top notch as you might expect for a John Hartford fiddle tune concert. I’m feeling very grateful to get to play some music tonight. #johnhartford #johnhartfordsmammothcollection #fiddle #fiddletunes #nashville (at Station Inn)

Posted 25 weeks ago
<p>My hometown of Redding, CA is in trouble. My stepmom just evacuated because the Carr fire is threatening our family home. Parents of some of my dearest friends as well as families of long-time students are in the immediate path as well. Please keep your loved ones close and get the hell out of the way of danger. It’s only stuff - your lives are much more important. Staging is happening at the Fairgrounds in Anderson. I love you all. #carrfire #redding  (at Redding, California)</p>

My hometown of Redding, CA is in trouble. My stepmom just evacuated because the Carr fire is threatening our family home. Parents of some of my dearest friends as well as families of long-time students are in the immediate path as well. Please keep your loved ones close and get the hell out of the way of danger. It’s only stuff - your lives are much more important. Staging is happening at the Fairgrounds in Anderson. I love you all. #carrfire #redding (at Redding, California)

Posted 25 weeks ago
<p>I’m not even gonna point out the obvious thing about this judging panel. Instead, I’m gonna focus on the fact that these people are taking this job as seriously as any panel of judges with whom I’ve worked. Also, they’re hilarious. It’s the best of all worlds. #twinlakesfiddlechampionship #fiddle #sojudgemental #judgingyou #itsnotawinwinforeveryone (at Leitchfield, Kentucky)</p>

I’m not even gonna point out the obvious thing about this judging panel. Instead, I’m gonna focus on the fact that these people are taking this job as seriously as any panel of judges with whom I’ve worked. Also, they’re hilarious. It’s the best of all worlds. #twinlakesfiddlechampionship #fiddle #sojudgemental #judgingyou #itsnotawinwinforeveryone (at Leitchfield, Kentucky)

Posted 26 weeks ago
<p>These girls. 💜 What an awesome few days making the music and having the laughs with @northcountryblue. Sharon Gilchrist and I knew we’d have fun but we had no idea how much. We also couldn’t have imagined the work ethic and musical instincts possessed by each one of them. We’re both so grateful to have had the opportunity to share our experiences and our perspectives with them. They get it. (And Easton makes a strong cameo in this photo, in case you needed some more pupper time.) #bluegrass #metronomereport #groovefirst #cheeriobutler #havanese  (at Berkeley, California)</p>

These girls. 💜 What an awesome few days making the music and having the laughs with @northcountryblue. Sharon Gilchrist and I knew we’d have fun but we had no idea how much. We also couldn’t have imagined the work ethic and musical instincts possessed by each one of them. We’re both so grateful to have had the opportunity to share our experiences and our perspectives with them. They get it. (And Easton makes a strong cameo in this photo, in case you needed some more pupper time.) #bluegrass #metronomereport #groovefirst #cheeriobutler #havanese (at Berkeley, California)

Posted 26 weeks 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...