You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Nothing says, “it’s almost my birthday” like a stage full of national treasures. Frickin national treasures, people. Perfectly well-curated birthday week concert with my husband, ☑️ Thank you @jasonisbell and @amandapearlshires and my husband @adamspickoftheday and his bosses @cartervintageguitars (for sponsoring the concerts in the first damn place) and @macmcanally also @buddy_miller_official and #emmylouharris which reminds me to remind you to donate to @bonapartesretreat and @jerrydouglas not to mention @gillianwelchofficial and @daverawlingsmachine #nashville #nashvillesound  (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)</p>

Nothing says, “it’s almost my birthday” like a stage full of national treasures. Frickin national treasures, people. Perfectly well-curated birthday week concert with my husband, ☑️ Thank you @jasonisbell and @amandapearlshires and my husband @adamspickoftheday and his bosses @cartervintageguitars (for sponsoring the concerts in the first damn place) and @macmcanally also @buddy_miller_official and #emmylouharris which reminds me to remind you to donate to @bonapartesretreat and @jerrydouglas not to mention @gillianwelchofficial and @daverawlingsmachine #nashville #nashvillesound (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>Oh, Nashville, I 💜 you when you’re like this. When 🏳️‍🌈 fam and allies can gather together and laugh and love and be all up in amongst the spirit of the season. @marlenetwittyfargo brings the people closer and reminds us all that we’re not alone. #homofortheholidays #draggrass #lovewins  (at City Winery Nashville)</p>

Oh, Nashville, I 💜 you when you’re like this. When 🏳️‍🌈 fam and allies can gather together and laugh and love and be all up in amongst the spirit of the season. @marlenetwittyfargo brings the people closer and reminds us all that we’re not alone. #homofortheholidays #draggrass #lovewins (at City Winery Nashville)

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>#dogsimeetathanukkah This is Eli. Pastimes include circling the living room to keep from getting stove up (he’s 11) and helping light the menorah. #festivaloflights #bulldogsofig  (at Nashville, Tennessee)</p>

#dogsimeetathanukkah This is Eli. Pastimes include circling the living room to keep from getting stove up (he’s 11) and helping light the menorah. #festivaloflights #bulldogsofig (at Nashville, Tennessee)

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>This hat and this box of See’s tho… Student Christmas presents coming in strong. #nutsandchews #caligirl #toquehairdontcare #fiddleteacher  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

This hat and this box of See’s tho… Student Christmas presents coming in strong. #nutsandchews #caligirl #toquehairdontcare #fiddleteacher (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 4 weeks ago
<p>I live for this night, every year. If you’ve been following me for a while or if you know me at all, you know that Turkey Dinner is my jam. 14th Annual is in the books and @adamspickoftheday swears the food was the best it’s ever been. I don’t know for sure, but I do know that the combination of new and old friends eating turkey together just because it’s almost my birthday and @jonweisberger needs a reason to make a turkey, is about the best thing I can think of. Thanks for the laughs tonight - @missyraines @bensurratt @mandolin2842 @hiltnerj @kimberludiker @kelly.kessler @jwork11 and a couple others I didn’t know how to tag. I love you all. 🦃❤️ #turkeydinner #findyourtribe  (at Cottontown, Tennessee)</p>

I live for this night, every year. If you’ve been following me for a while or if you know me at all, you know that Turkey Dinner is my jam. 14th Annual is in the books and @adamspickoftheday swears the food was the best it’s ever been. I don’t know for sure, but I do know that the combination of new and old friends eating turkey together just because it’s almost my birthday and @jonweisberger needs a reason to make a turkey, is about the best thing I can think of. Thanks for the laughs tonight - @missyraines @bensurratt @mandolin2842 @hiltnerj @kimberludiker @kelly.kessler @jwork11 and a couple others I didn’t know how to tag. I love you all. 🦃❤️ #turkeydinner #findyourtribe (at Cottontown, Tennessee)

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>I’m pretty sure that either right before this picture was taken, or possibly just after, I told @tessabearasaurus never, ever to start a bluegrass band and that it would only lead to a life of sorrow and ruin. Kids never listen. Thank god the band is so good. At least there’s that… 🙄 #tbt @northcountryblue #fiddleteacherproblems #theygrowupsofast #circa2010  (at Livermore, California)</p>

I’m pretty sure that either right before this picture was taken, or possibly just after, I told @tessabearasaurus never, ever to start a bluegrass band and that it would only lead to a life of sorrow and ruin. Kids never listen. Thank god the band is so good. At least there’s that… 🙄 #tbt @northcountryblue #fiddleteacherproblems #theygrowupsofast #circa2010 (at Livermore, California)

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>Tfw kids you taught when they were in elementary school are now college graduates. Caroline and her dad and I had the best time watching the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and catching up on the last decade. She’s heading back to the Bay Area to start a job with the @stanfordjazz Project and I just love that she is working in music education. Makes me think she had some decent experiences with it growing up… 😊 #fiddleteacherlove #fiddle #whenstudentsgrowup  (at Station Inn)</p>

Tfw kids you taught when they were in elementary school are now college graduates. Caroline and her dad and I had the best time watching the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and catching up on the last decade. She’s heading back to the Bay Area to start a job with the @stanfordjazz Project and I just love that she is working in music education. Makes me think she had some decent experiences with it growing up… 😊 #fiddleteacherlove #fiddle #whenstudentsgrowup (at Station Inn)

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>And here she is, all dolled up. Important note on background - the bottom stocking on the wall to the right is the one in which I was sent home from the hospital. I was born on the 21st, so it was Christmassy, see? #merrycrimpmas #probablynotsterile  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

And here she is, all dolled up. Important note on background - the bottom stocking on the wall to the right is the one in which I was sent home from the hospital. I was born on the 21st, so it was Christmassy, see? #merrycrimpmas #probablynotsterile (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 6 weeks ago
<p>My buddy and I picked out a sweet tree today. #sirwinstoncup #merrycrimpmas #bostonterrier #homedepothastrees  (at The Home Depot)</p>

My buddy and I picked out a sweet tree today. #sirwinstoncup #merrycrimpmas #bostonterrier #homedepothastrees (at The Home Depot)

Posted 6 weeks ago

From the#nashvillebanjocamp staff concert, here are some interesting points. 1) @mandolin2842 plays better with damaged fingers than most of ever will with fully functioning ones. 2) @jvbanjo5 is perpetual #banjobeastmode (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 6 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...