You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>This is not my dog. I need to open with that. But she is a very sweet, very lovely dog and I get to dog sit her for a couple of days while @ashbyfrank is out playing the music for the people. Pastimes include butt wiggles, naps, and standing over me in the middle of the night, but not in a menacing way. #hattiebware #dogsimeetathome #boxer  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

This is not my dog. I need to open with that. But she is a very sweet, very lovely dog and I get to dog sit her for a couple of days while @ashbyfrank is out playing the music for the people. Pastimes include butt wiggles, naps, and standing over me in the middle of the night, but not in a menacing way. #hattiebware #dogsimeetathome #boxer (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>I spent some time reading the latest @anthonybourdain cookbook and picking out a couple of recipes to make this week. He was a huge inspiration to me in my travels and in my interaction with people and things I don’t always understand. I will miss his perspective but I’m so grateful to have his enduring body of work. Also, on a related note, I’m proudly wearing my @warriors #pride shirt in celebration of Pride Month and the Dubs’ latest championship. A lot of things that mean a lot of things to me, here in this picture. #RIP #partsunknown #appetites #pridemonth  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

I spent some time reading the latest @anthonybourdain cookbook and picking out a couple of recipes to make this week. He was a huge inspiration to me in my travels and in my interaction with people and things I don’t always understand. I will miss his perspective but I’m so grateful to have his enduring body of work. Also, on a related note, I’m proudly wearing my @warriors #pride shirt in celebration of Pride Month and the Dubs’ latest championship. A lot of things that mean a lot of things to me, here in this picture. #RIP #partsunknown #appetites #pridemonth (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>Important #catland update! This is NOT, I repeat, THIS IS NOT #leohickman! For those of you who enjoyed yesterday’s post about Little Leo getting stuck in a tree but thought to yourselves, “wow, Leo sure has gotten big and does his face seem oranger than it was?”, well, I appreciate your attention to detail. Because Leo is still rather tiny and mostly white and my only defense is that this guy was in a tree I guess it just never occurred to me that he was not to scale. The upshot is, and I think you know where I’m going with this, I think you might be looking at Leo’s dad. Sigh. (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Important #catland update! This is NOT, I repeat, THIS IS NOT #leohickman! For those of you who enjoyed yesterday’s post about Little Leo getting stuck in a tree but thought to yourselves, “wow, Leo sure has gotten big and does his face seem oranger than it was?”, well, I appreciate your attention to detail. Because Leo is still rather tiny and mostly white and my only defense is that this guy was in a tree I guess it just never occurred to me that he was not to scale. The upshot is, and I think you know where I’m going with this, I think you might be looking at Leo’s dad. Sigh. (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>I met this beautiful boy today and things are looking up. #nashgrier  (at Nashville, Tennessee)</p>

I met this beautiful boy today and things are looking up. #nashgrier (at Nashville, Tennessee)

Posted 6 weeks ago

Happy #caturday everyone! Little #leohickman got stuck in a tree this morning and as you can see, his mom Gretchen and Old Uncle Gretsch were not terribly concerned. The parenting around here is dubious. Spoiler alert: He got himself out of the tree all on his own. Just like you’d expect from Leo Hickman. #catland (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>Happy #nationalbestfriendday to @marysueenglund with whom I have shared all the best and worst adventures imaginable. I’ve chosen to highlight one of the best - all the times we got to play music together on the Grand Ole Opry. Not pictured - being stranded in airports, sleeping in hot vans, crying over things, being hungry, singing while sick, living in Branson, and other horrific things. Which are all the things that make up a beautiful friendship. I love you, Mary Sousaphone. Love, Magen #fiddlechicks #bffs  (at Grand Ole Opry)</p>

Happy #nationalbestfriendday to @marysueenglund with whom I have shared all the best and worst adventures imaginable. I’ve chosen to highlight one of the best - all the times we got to play music together on the Grand Ole Opry. Not pictured - being stranded in airports, sleeping in hot vans, crying over things, being hungry, singing while sick, living in Branson, and other horrific things. Which are all the things that make up a beautiful friendship. I love you, Mary Sousaphone. Love, Magen #fiddlechicks #bffs (at Grand Ole Opry)

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>Happy Wednesday. Here’s a butterfly on a rose. I noticed it while walking back to the house from the cabin. I had to go to the cabin because that’s where we feed #busterkeaton now because of how mean Gretchen is to him. Every time he comes near the main porch she hisses and swipes at him. But at least everyone has some space and we are seeing Buster every day. Those are the updates from #catland. Also, that butterfly on a rose is pretty nice. (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy Wednesday. Here’s a butterfly on a rose. I noticed it while walking back to the house from the cabin. I had to go to the cabin because that’s where we feed #busterkeaton now because of how mean Gretchen is to him. Every time he comes near the main porch she hisses and swipes at him. But at least everyone has some space and we are seeing Buster every day. Those are the updates from #catland. Also, that butterfly on a rose is pretty nice. (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 6 weeks ago

It’s contest season, people! I’m retired from fiddle contests and would rather parachute naked over the Washington Monument than enter one ever again but I still love the music and I have quite a few students who are competing this season, including one (for whom I made this video) who is probably playing Black and White Rag for his tune of choice at Weiser in a few weeks. I like rags. I think the time limits at fiddle contests keep them from having that little bit of swing they so richly deserve. What do you think? #fiddle #blackandwhiterag #fiddletunes #fiddlecontests #itdontmeanathingifitaintgotthatswing (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>TOMORROW! Registration opens tomorrow morning - that’s June 1. 9am Central, to be specific. This is our brand new Nashville Flatpick Camp for anyone who has wanted to come to one of these camps but hasn’t gotten in because those pesky previous campers keep taking all the spots. Go to <a href="http://www.nashvilleflatpickcamp.com">www.nashvilleflatpickcamp.com</a> and sign up to join us. It’s going to be amazing - Kenny Smith, Adam Schlenker, David Grier, and Wyatt Rice! And bonus, Gearld Strickland of Carter Vintage Guitars is our new camp luthier and he’s aces. We’re so excited. #flatpicking #guitar #bluegrass #nashville #nashvilleacousticcamps #nashvilleflatpickcamp</p>

TOMORROW! Registration opens tomorrow morning - that’s June 1. 9am Central, to be specific. This is our brand new Nashville Flatpick Camp for anyone who has wanted to come to one of these camps but hasn’t gotten in because those pesky previous campers keep taking all the spots. Go to www.nashvilleflatpickcamp.com and sign up to join us. It’s going to be amazing - Kenny Smith, Adam Schlenker, David Grier, and Wyatt Rice! And bonus, Gearld Strickland of Carter Vintage Guitars is our new camp luthier and he’s aces. We’re so excited. #flatpicking #guitar #bluegrass #nashville #nashvilleacousticcamps #nashvilleflatpickcamp

Posted 7 weeks ago
<p>On the train back to Paris - I fly home in the morning. I bring Poundcake the goat with me everywhere now in the form of my favorite pin on my favorite jacket. She was a special goat and I like to think that she would have loved Paris and Amsterdam. Both Mur and I are still so sorry she’s gone. If you’d like to know more about the fabulous goats of @goats_gone_grazing_acres just check out their IG. I bet they can still use some support for Poundcake’s Playground. #ggga #poundcakeforever #goatsofinstagram (at Brussels, Belgium)</p>

On the train back to Paris - I fly home in the morning. I bring Poundcake the goat with me everywhere now in the form of my favorite pin on my favorite jacket. She was a special goat and I like to think that she would have loved Paris and Amsterdam. Both Mur and I are still so sorry she’s gone. If you’d like to know more about the fabulous goats of @goats_gone_grazing_acres just check out their IG. I bet they can still use some support for Poundcake’s Playground. #ggga #poundcakeforever #goatsofinstagram (at Brussels, Belgium)

Posted 7 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...