You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>And so it begins… #nashvillemandolincamp #nashville #mandolin #nashvilleacousticcamps  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
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And so it begins… #nashvillemandolincamp #nashville #mandolin #nashvilleacousticcamps (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn-JVXqAZyu/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jcm968c128pu

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>Now taking reservations for our house concert in Chicago. Come spend an evening with Adam Hurt and me. Email me at fiddlestar33@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Tunes, and songs. Get you a duo who can do both… #oldtime #fiddle #banjo #chicago #houseconcert #fiddlestar #clawhammerist  (at Chicago, Illinois)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn9BXzRA4wQ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12mzw5be0pxk7">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn9BXzRA4wQ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12mzw5be0pxk7</a></p>

Now taking reservations for our house concert in Chicago. Come spend an evening with Adam Hurt and me. Email me at fiddlestar33@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Tunes, and songs. Get you a duo who can do both… #oldtime #fiddle #banjo #chicago #houseconcert #fiddlestar #clawhammerist (at Chicago, Illinois)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn9BXzRA4wQ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=12mzw5be0pxk7

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>Well, this might be confusing. But I have faith in all y’all. You’re about to see all my charming and adorable pictures of Nashville Mandolin Camp, which starts on Thursday evening. But we’re also about to open registration for our Winter 2019 Mandolin Camp and I wanted to make sure you all had the date on your calendars. Registration for previous campers opens September 25th and for the general public on October 1. It will be the ONLY MANDOLIN CAMP WE OFFER IN 2019. Hear me. Believe me. And make sure you come because it’s going to be amazing. #mandolin #bluegrass #swing #jamming  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn1eOZJHh55/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=52cfvlwk8jcb">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn1eOZJHh55/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=52cfvlwk8jcb</a></p>

Well, this might be confusing. But I have faith in all y’all. You’re about to see all my charming and adorable pictures of Nashville Mandolin Camp, which starts on Thursday evening. But we’re also about to open registration for our Winter 2019 Mandolin Camp and I wanted to make sure you all had the date on your calendars. Registration for previous campers opens September 25th and for the general public on October 1. It will be the ONLY MANDOLIN CAMP WE OFFER IN 2019. Hear me. Believe me. And make sure you come because it’s going to be amazing. #mandolin #bluegrass #swing #jamming (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn1eOZJHh55/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=52cfvlwk8jcb

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>I missed #caturday three weeks in a row. I took this incredibly handsome picture of little #leohickman on a Friday then promptly forgot to post it on a Saturday for almost a month. So that’s it. I’m flaunting social media norms and throwing caution to the wind. Because dammit, Leo deserves your love. #sundayisthenewsaturday  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnyt44KHTHp/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1rzd04csw0n1i">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnyt44KHTHp/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1rzd04csw0n1i</a></p>

I missed #caturday three weeks in a row. I took this incredibly handsome picture of little #leohickman on a Friday then promptly forgot to post it on a Saturday for almost a month. So that’s it. I’m flaunting social media norms and throwing caution to the wind. Because dammit, Leo deserves your love. #sundayisthenewsaturday (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnyt44KHTHp/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1rzd04csw0n1i

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>I must admit, I chose this particular St. Louis bbq joint for its name. @adamssmokehouse seemed like the perfect choice for me and @adamspickoftheday. But it turned out to be a successful choice all the way around. The owner was so engaged with us and seemed delighted that we chose his place out of all the excellent choices for St. Louis bbq. He suggested the beans and pasta salad for our sides, which wouldn’t have been my first choices but I’m glad I did. The beans were heavy on the molasses but had enough spice to balance it all out. The pasta salad had a nice creamy dressing but most importantly, the shell pasta was perfectly al dente. The ribs were excellent - moist and beautifully glazed. I loved the Cranberry Cayenne sauce (unique to Adam’s Smokehouse and a perfect spicy sweet combo) but Adam loved the more classic Sweet Jane. We met a couple of nice old guys from Evansville, IN seated at the table next to us. Disabled vets, both of them, they just seemed like the exact chatty old guys you’d want to meet in a tiny bbq and that made the whole experience even more memorable. I highly recommend Adam’s Smokehouse if you’re ever near Forest Park in St. Louis. Oh, and get the homemade salami! Like I told the owner (who brought us some to our table just to try 🤗) it’s like all the history of the Midwest represented in a cured meat. #bbq #stlouis #adamssmokehouse #tryallthemeats  (at Adam’s Smokehouse)<br/>
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I must admit, I chose this particular St. Louis bbq joint for its name. @adamssmokehouse seemed like the perfect choice for me and @adamspickoftheday. But it turned out to be a successful choice all the way around. The owner was so engaged with us and seemed delighted that we chose his place out of all the excellent choices for St. Louis bbq. He suggested the beans and pasta salad for our sides, which wouldn’t have been my first choices but I’m glad I did. The beans were heavy on the molasses but had enough spice to balance it all out. The pasta salad had a nice creamy dressing but most importantly, the shell pasta was perfectly al dente. The ribs were excellent - moist and beautifully glazed. I loved the Cranberry Cayenne sauce (unique to Adam’s Smokehouse and a perfect spicy sweet combo) but Adam loved the more classic Sweet Jane. We met a couple of nice old guys from Evansville, IN seated at the table next to us. Disabled vets, both of them, they just seemed like the exact chatty old guys you’d want to meet in a tiny bbq and that made the whole experience even more memorable. I highly recommend Adam’s Smokehouse if you’re ever near Forest Park in St. Louis. Oh, and get the homemade salami! Like I told the owner (who brought us some to our table just to try 🤗) it’s like all the history of the Midwest represented in a cured meat. #bbq #stlouis #adamssmokehouse #tryallthemeats (at Adam’s Smokehouse)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxYkPMFqRn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=7f85c5ng992k

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>We went on a trip and saw a baseball game! No, no. Not me and Mur. Get this - I got @adamspickoftheday to go to St. Louis to see his very favorite @cardinals at Busch Stadium, for the first time in his life. He got to swing a real Ozzie Smith World Series bat (I went with Lou Brock, he was always more my guy - I love me some stolen bases.) and try on some World Series rings and we got a game ball and a Stan Musial hat and it was really fun. Also, I would have posted this yesterday when it happened but Adam said I couldn’t because burglars. So don’t try to rob us because we’re already back home. You missed your chance. #stlouis #gocards  (at Busch Stadium)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnulmwJHgFw/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=9p97f0pqwzgq">https://www.instagram.com/p/BnulmwJHgFw/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=9p97f0pqwzgq</a></p>

We went on a trip and saw a baseball game! No, no. Not me and Mur. Get this - I got @adamspickoftheday to go to St. Louis to see his very favorite @cardinals at Busch Stadium, for the first time in his life. He got to swing a real Ozzie Smith World Series bat (I went with Lou Brock, he was always more my guy - I love me some stolen bases.) and try on some World Series rings and we got a game ball and a Stan Musial hat and it was really fun. Also, I would have posted this yesterday when it happened but Adam said I couldn’t because burglars. So don’t try to rob us because we’re already back home. You missed your chance. #stlouis #gocards (at Busch Stadium)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnulmwJHgFw/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=9p97f0pqwzgq

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>Red, Orange, Orange on Red - yep, after last night’s Cards game and before we hit the road to come home I dragged @adamspickoftheday to the @stlartmuseum so I could see this spectacular #rothko in person. It glows. I swear it glows! (Side note - we ran across some Roman sculptures a few galleries over and on the card it said “Roman - 2nd Century” and Adam said, “You mean, like, in the 100s?” And I said yes and he said, “They don’t know.” #art #stlouis #myhusbanddoesntbelieveincarbondating  (at Saint Louis Art Museum)<br/>
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Red, Orange, Orange on Red - yep, after last night’s Cards game and before we hit the road to come home I dragged @adamspickoftheday to the @stlartmuseum so I could see this spectacular #rothko in person. It glows. I swear it glows! (Side note - we ran across some Roman sculptures a few galleries over and on the card it said “Roman - 2nd Century” and Adam said, “You mean, like, in the 100s?” And I said yes and he said, “They don’t know.” #art #stlouis #myhusbanddoesntbelieveincarbondating (at Saint Louis Art Museum)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnudTZSnopD/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1u52yvcvc4a79

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p>I don’t even know where to start with these two. Both of the #aviolinforelva books I gave away this weekend at #fiddlestaradultbeginnercamp are going back to Alaska with Nate and Rivers and if you weren’t here this weekend you can’t possibly know how special this book is or how special these two guys are but maybe next time you see me you can remember to ask and I’ll tell you everything I’ve learned from these two guys about service and how they embody it in every thing they do. Thank you to each and every one of our campers this weekend. I saw y’all crying when your fellow campers made it through their recordings this morning. I was right there with you. #cabbages #pawsforpurplehearts #mostimprovedcamper  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnhRyjWnzqn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jdxdhdeauifv">https://www.instagram.com/p/BnhRyjWnzqn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jdxdhdeauifv</a></p>

I don’t even know where to start with these two. Both of the #aviolinforelva books I gave away this weekend at #fiddlestaradultbeginnercamp are going back to Alaska with Nate and Rivers and if you weren’t here this weekend you can’t possibly know how special this book is or how special these two guys are but maybe next time you see me you can remember to ask and I’ll tell you everything I’ve learned from these two guys about service and how they embody it in every thing they do. Thank you to each and every one of our campers this weekend. I saw y’all crying when your fellow campers made it through their recordings this morning. I was right there with you. #cabbages #pawsforpurplehearts #mostimprovedcamper (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnhRyjWnzqn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jdxdhdeauifv

Posted 32 weeks ago
<p>Oh boy oh boy! We went to the @nashville_countrydancers Friday night #contradance with the whole #fiddlestaradultbeginnercamp and it was awesome. We went for the dance lesson before the dance (this turns out to be the key to contra dance success) and everyone was so kind and generous and the campers all danced and the instructors all played in the band (plus bonus Casey Campbell) and just generally we couldn’t have asked for a better night. Fiddling is for dancing. Carry on.  (at Second Presbyterian Church)<br/>
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Oh boy oh boy! We went to the @nashville_countrydancers Friday night #contradance with the whole #fiddlestaradultbeginnercamp and it was awesome. We went for the dance lesson before the dance (this turns out to be the key to contra dance success) and everyone was so kind and generous and the campers all danced and the instructors all played in the band (plus bonus Casey Campbell) and just generally we couldn’t have asked for a better night. Fiddling is for dancing. Carry on. (at Second Presbyterian Church)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BneLQcPH3E4/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=10d9y47achgz2

Posted 32 weeks ago
<p>Pete and Ed are here. #fiddlestaradultbeginnercamp #fiddlestarcamp #banjoplayers #cometothedarkside  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
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Pete and Ed are here. #fiddlestaradultbeginnercamp #fiddlestarcamp #banjoplayers #cometothedarkside (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnbkKilnete/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1ugv17l2v9o2s

Posted 33 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...