You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Caught in the act. #nashvillemandolincamp #caseycampbellifyourereadingthisithinkoctavemandolinsaregreat đź“·: Melissa Mitchell, Mandolin built by: Tim May, Mandolin owned by: Kristen Treger  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoFk1GmFOOd/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=11u7nujylud32">https://www.instagram.com/p/BoFk1GmFOOd/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=11u7nujylud32</a></p>

Caught in the act. #nashvillemandolincamp #caseycampbellifyourereadingthisithinkoctavemandolinsaregreat đź“·: Melissa Mitchell, Mandolin built by: Tim May, Mandolin owned by: Kristen Treger (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoFk1GmFOOd/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=11u7nujylud32

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>Instructor jam plus Carol Salmon who was totally holding her own despite claiming she didn’t know the tune every single time it came around to her. At #nashvillemandolincamp we’re all about challenging your own sense of what you can do. But with love. #mandolin #takeachance #forkeddeer  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoChkcPFck7/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1do4dryt1lr1u">https://www.instagram.com/p/BoChkcPFck7/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1do4dryt1lr1u</a></p>

Instructor jam plus Carol Salmon who was totally holding her own despite claiming she didn’t know the tune every single time it came around to her. At #nashvillemandolincamp we’re all about challenging your own sense of what you can do. But with love. #mandolin #takeachance #forkeddeer (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoChkcPFck7/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1do4dryt1lr1u

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>This is literally the most #nashvillemandolincamp picture ever. Leo Hickman the person is telling @adamspickoftheday a story about who-knows-what while Anne Duffus tries to catch Leo Hickman the cat to figure out if he needs to be spayed or neutered, if you know what I mean. I’m not sure Leo Hickman the person ever got to the end of his story and I don’t think Anne ever got any answers out of Leo Hickman the cat. #thefamilyyouchoose #mandolin #leohickman  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoBFPMFFCPO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=g1hmcn9u4lz">https://www.instagram.com/p/BoBFPMFFCPO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=g1hmcn9u4lz</a></p>

This is literally the most #nashvillemandolincamp picture ever. Leo Hickman the person is telling @adamspickoftheday a story about who-knows-what while Anne Duffus tries to catch Leo Hickman the cat to figure out if he needs to be spayed or neutered, if you know what I mean. I’m not sure Leo Hickman the person ever got to the end of his story and I don’t think Anne ever got any answers out of Leo Hickman the cat. #thefamilyyouchoose #mandolin #leohickman (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoBFPMFFCPO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=g1hmcn9u4lz

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>The woman who donated the fiddle and the girl who is getting to use the fiddle got to meet last night. This is how we do music, people. If you have any instruments just hanging around the house, consider donating them to the California Bluegrass Association’s Lending Library. There is an email link at <a href="http://www.cbaweb.org">www.cbaweb.org</a> and it’s tax deductible AND a deserving kid will get to play tunes and that’s the best. #kidsonbluegrass #fiddle #mandolin #banjo #guitar #bass #nashvillemandolincamp #anneduffus #lucy  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn_ftFHF9uI/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=efp5pd97to5">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn_ftFHF9uI/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=efp5pd97to5</a></p>

The woman who donated the fiddle and the girl who is getting to use the fiddle got to meet last night. This is how we do music, people. If you have any instruments just hanging around the house, consider donating them to the California Bluegrass Association’s Lending Library. There is an email link at www.cbaweb.org and it’s tax deductible AND a deserving kid will get to play tunes and that’s the best. #kidsonbluegrass #fiddle #mandolin #banjo #guitar #bass #nashvillemandolincamp #anneduffus #lucy (at Fiddlestar)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn_ftFHF9uI/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=efp5pd97to5

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>And so it begins… #nashvillemandolincamp #nashville #mandolin #nashvilleacousticcamps  (at Fiddlestar)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn-JVXqAZyu/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jcm968c128pu">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn-JVXqAZyu/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=jcm968c128pu</a></p>

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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxYkPMFqRn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=7f85c5ng992k">https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxYkPMFqRn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=7f85c5ng992k</a></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)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxYkPMFqRn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=7f85c5ng992k

Posted 5 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 5 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...