You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Scenes from the Nashville airport - Jerrod Walker shows some excited kids what the mandolin looks like and how it sounds. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I’m really glad I got to see this today. #mandolin #nashville #musicforeveryone  (at Southwest Airlines at BNA)</p>

Scenes from the Nashville airport - Jerrod Walker shows some excited kids what the mandolin looks like and how it sounds. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I’m really glad I got to see this today. #mandolin #nashville #musicforeveryone (at Southwest Airlines at BNA)

Posted 22 weeks ago
<p>Our neighbors installed a new door. #narnia #oz #awrinkleintime #rabbithole #curiouserandcuriouser #seriouslytho  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)</p>

Our neighbors installed a new door. #narnia #oz #awrinkleintime #rabbithole #curiouserandcuriouser #seriouslytho (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)

Posted 22 weeks ago
<p>Thank you @greendoorgourmet for growing all the beautiful things that are so delicious and perfect for a rainy afternoon. Thank you @edgesnashville for sharpening my fancy @shuncutlery knife so I can chop all the things without sawing off a finger. Thank you to everyone in this rapidly growing, but still incredibly local-centric town who is responsible for making it such an awesome place to live. #nashville #purpleradish #shunknives #buylocal #knifenotlocal  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Thank you @greendoorgourmet for growing all the beautiful things that are so delicious and perfect for a rainy afternoon. Thank you @edgesnashville for sharpening my fancy @shuncutlery knife so I can chop all the things without sawing off a finger. Thank you to everyone in this rapidly growing, but still incredibly local-centric town who is responsible for making it such an awesome place to live. #nashville #purpleradish #shunknives #buylocal #knifenotlocal (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 22 weeks ago
<p>Happy #lefthanders to all my leftie friends! And yep, I know this is a picture of my right hand. I had to use my left to write. Duh. #leftie #southpaw #goofy  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy #lefthanders to all my leftie friends! And yep, I know this is a picture of my right hand. I had to use my left to write. Duh. #leftie #southpaw #goofy (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 22 weeks ago
<p>Well, this is quite an honor. All we’ve ever wanted to do was provide a fun and inspiring environment for people to learn and grow as bluegrass and old-time musicians. And also not have to leave our house. And also to employ some super awesome musician teachers who we admire to help us. Also for everyone to meet #sirwinstoncup and have some fun times in Nashville. And also for people to realize that playing and sharing music with other people is one of the ways we’re going to bridge the divides between us. But that’s all. That’s all we ever wanted to do. Getting nominated for this award is just some confirmation that maybe what we want is also what other people want and we have to admit, that feels pretty great. Thank you to our peers for considering us worthy of this recognition. The Momentum Awards are decided on by industry professionals and we are immensely grateful and honored to be considered. They’re also not voted on by the general public so this is not, I repeat, NOT a “for your consideration” post. We thought you’d appreciate the break… 😉 #bluegrass #oldtime #bluegrasscamp #wevegotmomentum #bridgethedivide #lovepeaceandbluegrass  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Well, this is quite an honor. All we’ve ever wanted to do was provide a fun and inspiring environment for people to learn and grow as bluegrass and old-time musicians. And also not have to leave our house. And also to employ some super awesome musician teachers who we admire to help us. Also for everyone to meet #sirwinstoncup and have some fun times in Nashville. And also for people to realize that playing and sharing music with other people is one of the ways we’re going to bridge the divides between us. But that’s all. That’s all we ever wanted to do. Getting nominated for this award is just some confirmation that maybe what we want is also what other people want and we have to admit, that feels pretty great. Thank you to our peers for considering us worthy of this recognition. The Momentum Awards are decided on by industry professionals and we are immensely grateful and honored to be considered. They’re also not voted on by the general public so this is not, I repeat, NOT a “for your consideration” post. We thought you’d appreciate the break… 😉 #bluegrass #oldtime #bluegrasscamp #wevegotmomentum #bridgethedivide #lovepeaceandbluegrass (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Happy #internationalcatday from #bkeats and #gretsch who would stick around to talk but there’s probably a party in their honor over on the other side of the yard and they don’t wanna be late.  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy #internationalcatday from #bkeats and #gretsch who would stick around to talk but there’s probably a party in their honor over on the other side of the yard and they don’t wanna be late. (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>I love everything happening in this picture. My grandson is joyful and curious. My husband is a straight up baby whisperer. Duke the part chihuahua is giving fierce side eye. #sundaycoleday #grandson #nooneknowswhatthisdogis  (at Greenbrier, Tennessee)</p>

I love everything happening in this picture. My grandson is joyful and curious. My husband is a straight up baby whisperer. Duke the part chihuahua is giving fierce side eye. #sundaycoleday #grandson #nooneknowswhatthisdogis (at Greenbrier, Tennessee)

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Just under the wire, here’s a timely #tbt to Spring Break ‘94 (which we always capitalized and usually followed with a “WOO!”) since this year’s #baybridgeseries is wrapping up as we speak. @happilyknitting and @donyaelenia and I spent the entire week traversing California, having many adventures which involved reluctant hiking, pitiful campfire starting, grateful meal serving and urban Easter egg hiding at #glidememorialmethodistchurch, and a thousand other things. We closed it out at the Oakland Coliseum watching our beloved @athletics battle the @sfgiants We also met this guy who was the first to teach us how #rallycaps worked. Epic week. Epic. #springbreak #woo  (at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum)</p>

Just under the wire, here’s a timely #tbt to Spring Break ‘94 (which we always capitalized and usually followed with a “WOO!”) since this year’s #baybridgeseries is wrapping up as we speak. @happilyknitting and @donyaelenia and I spent the entire week traversing California, having many adventures which involved reluctant hiking, pitiful campfire starting, grateful meal serving and urban Easter egg hiding at #glidememorialmethodistchurch, and a thousand other things. We closed it out at the Oakland Coliseum watching our beloved @athletics battle the @sfgiants We also met this guy who was the first to teach us how #rallycaps worked. Epic week. Epic. #springbreak #woo (at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum)

Posted 24 weeks ago

I realized I might have been going a little heavy on the double stops lately so here’s a waltz called If Ever You Were Mine which has a melody that needs nothing other than its own beautiful single note self. I heard about it from a student who learned it somewhat from Natalie McMaster and also from just here and there. I think it’s really pretty and you should be proud of me for only shifting into 3rd position once. I had to show some real restraint there. #waltz #waltzes #fiddletunes #fiddle #airs #restraint (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 24 weeks ago
<p>Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays… #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #squishyfacecrew  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays… #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #squishyfacecrew (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 24 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...