You Can be a FiddleStar

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

Here’s what’s up #sistersadie #girlgrass (at The Station Inn)

Posted 224 weeks ago
<p>Getting a #coneofcream at the #sonic after our visit to #theviolinshop #fiddlecamp #fiddlestar  (at The Violin Shop)</p>

Getting a #coneofcream at the #sonic after our visit to #theviolinshop #fiddlecamp #fiddlestar (at The Violin Shop)

Posted 224 weeks ago
<p>@cntsongs Showing off the awesome camp poster #fiddlecamp #fiddlestar #mikearmistead (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)</p>

@cntsongs Showing off the awesome camp poster #fiddlecamp #fiddlestar #mikearmistead (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)

Posted 224 weeks ago
<p>Beautiful @cntsongs teaching our brave adult beginners #fiddlestar #fiddlecamp #nevertoolate (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)</p>

Beautiful @cntsongs teaching our brave adult beginners #fiddlestar #fiddlecamp #nevertoolate (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)

Posted 224 weeks ago
<p>Luckily this guy is here to keep me company #bostonterriercult #bostonsofinstagram #bostonterriers #sirwinstoncup #sickday  (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)</p>

Luckily this guy is here to keep me company #bostonterriercult #bostonsofinstagram #bostonterriers #sirwinstoncup #sickday (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)

Posted 224 weeks ago
<p>This is all I can do today. #summercold #westwingreruns #sickday (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)</p>

This is all I can do today. #summercold #westwingreruns #sickday (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)

Posted 224 weeks ago
<p>#tomatoes from #greendoorgourmet the i oven dried, #basil from #mygarden and olive oil from #norcal The perfect summer side dish #foodporn (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)</p>

#tomatoes from #greendoorgourmet the i oven dried, #basil from #mygarden and olive oil from #norcal The perfect summer side dish #foodporn (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)

Posted 225 weeks ago
<p>#idonthaveakitchenscale #canning #pickles (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)</p>

#idonthaveakitchenscale #canning #pickles (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)

Posted 226 weeks ago
<p>With the late Charles Gardner, great #memories #texasfiddle</p>

With the late Charles Gardner, great #memories #texasfiddle

Posted 226 weeks ago

IBMA Award Noms are out. Sigh.

The IBMA Award nominations are out. Here are some things about which I’m happy. My dear friend Ashby Frank is nominated for Song of the Year. Excellent. Amanda of TheKenny and Amanda Smith Band is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. As it should be. Some other people I admire were nominated for some other things so that’s good. Oh, and we have several Megan B. Lynch - FiddleStar Camps and PublishingNashville Flatpick Camp, and Nashville Mandolin Camp teachers among the nominated, so good on them!

Generally though, eh. That’s how I feel about the list, overall. Eh. Some of the people nominated aren’t even active participants in the touring/recording bluegrass community. Doesn’t that seem weird to anyone? Some bands nominated for Emerging Artist have been touring and recording full time for almost a decade. That has to seem weird to people. I don’t know. It just looks like the list is kind of a strange time capsule. Like it could be from 2002 or in some cases 1992. I know the Momentum Awards were created to address some of these issues but they were kind of weird too. Full disclosure, I didn’t vote. But this is the first year I didn’t. I felt the same way last year when I did vote so I stand by my outlook. 

So many great bands and artists out there who won’t even get recognized and they’re drawing huge crowds and making fantastic records. Ah well, the music business… I should know better than to try to figure it all out. 

Congratulations to all the nominees though, for reals. A lot of incredible talent and hard work in there.

Posted 226 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...