You Can be a FiddleStar

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

Thinking back to our time in the Amsterdam Museum Quarter and how grateful I am that Mur didn’t think of making me do this to pay for my portion of the trip. #childlaborlaws #shesgoodtho #busking #violin #octaves #amsterdam #motherdaughterroadtrip (at Museum Quarter Amsterdam)

Posted 7 weeks ago
<p>Greetings from #catland! Here is today’s update. Gretchen actually came near me this morning and meowed instead of hissing and growling. Gretchen is the mom, btw. We named her Gretchen because she looks just like a girl version of Gretsch. We have named the kitten Leo Hickman. Welcome Gretchen and Leo Hickman! (Also, we promise to Gretchen spayed and get her all her shots very soon. I think we’re getting close to being friends or at least not entirely enemies so it should go pretty well, as long as I wear gloves.) #theadventuresofgretchenandleohickman #orangeandwhitecat  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Greetings from #catland! Here is today’s update. Gretchen actually came near me this morning and meowed instead of hissing and growling. Gretchen is the mom, btw. We named her Gretchen because she looks just like a girl version of Gretsch. We have named the kitten Leo Hickman. Welcome Gretchen and Leo Hickman! (Also, we promise to Gretchen spayed and get her all her shots very soon. I think we’re getting close to being friends or at least not entirely enemies so it should go pretty well, as long as I wear gloves.) #theadventuresofgretchenandleohickman #orangeandwhitecat (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>Order The Admiral tower. It’ll make you famous. If you stranded @ashbyfrank and me on a desert island, we’d be perfectly delighted because there would be shellfish there and we probably wouldn’t work very hard to make it back to the mainland. But seriously, literally every person (including the chef, who was charming and delightful) stopped by our table to see how we liked the tower. Spoiler alert: we loved it. Happy birthday my friend. May your every day be filled with towers of delicious seafood. #theadmiral #kumimotooysters #saltine #westend #nashvillefoodie  (at Saltine Nashville)</p>

Order The Admiral tower. It’ll make you famous. If you stranded @ashbyfrank and me on a desert island, we’d be perfectly delighted because there would be shellfish there and we probably wouldn’t work very hard to make it back to the mainland. But seriously, literally every person (including the chef, who was charming and delightful) stopped by our table to see how we liked the tower. Spoiler alert: we loved it. Happy birthday my friend. May your every day be filled with towers of delicious seafood. #theadmiral #kumimotooysters #saltine #westend #nashvillefoodie (at Saltine Nashville)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Sad to say goodbye to one of the legends of Texas style fiddling. Bobby Chrisman was often imitated, never duplicated. Let’s all play a breakdown for him tonight. You’ll hear the growl… #fiddle #gibsonguitars #texasstyle #bobby  (at Roswell, New Mexico)</p>

Sad to say goodbye to one of the legends of Texas style fiddling. Bobby Chrisman was often imitated, never duplicated. Let’s all play a breakdown for him tonight. You’ll hear the growl… #fiddle #gibsonguitars #texasstyle #bobby (at Roswell, New Mexico)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>There are fewer than half the spots left for this camp and registration just opened on Tuesday. If you’re a beginning-ish fiddler (or even if you literally rented a fiddle on the way into town) this is a perfect camp for you. #handson #fiddle #fiddlestar #learntoplaythefiddle  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

There are fewer than half the spots left for this camp and registration just opened on Tuesday. If you’re a beginning-ish fiddler (or even if you literally rented a fiddle on the way into town) this is a perfect camp for you. #handson #fiddle #fiddlestar #learntoplaythefiddle (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>@mandolin2842 and I went and interacted with art today. @robbiehunsinger created a thing where you can make beautiful sounds and shapes by using remotes and waving yourself around and there’s a triple theremin and squares and circles and oh hell, just go there and do it because it’s really super fun and I have no idea how people think up these amazing things. #art #interactiveart #theremin #artistsoninstagram  (at Adventure Science Center)</p>

@mandolin2842 and I went and interacted with art today. @robbiehunsinger created a thing where you can make beautiful sounds and shapes by using remotes and waving yourself around and there’s a triple theremin and squares and circles and oh hell, just go there and do it because it’s really super fun and I have no idea how people think up these amazing things. #art #interactiveart #theremin #artistsoninstagram (at Adventure Science Center)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>There’s been this 3rd cat coming around lately and @adamspickoftheday kept telling me he was sure it was a girl and I was all, how can you possibly know that, we only ever see her from a distance, mostly running away and he was all, I can totally tell. And I was all, whatever. So we started calling her Gretchen (because she looks just like the girl version of our cat Gretsch) and as you can see from this picture - it appears Adam was right. #kittensofinstagram #iguesswehavefourcatsnow #congratulationstogretchen (at Fiddlestar)</p>

There’s been this 3rd cat coming around lately and @adamspickoftheday kept telling me he was sure it was a girl and I was all, how can you possibly know that, we only ever see her from a distance, mostly running away and he was all, I can totally tell. And I was all, whatever. So we started calling her Gretchen (because she looks just like the girl version of our cat Gretsch) and as you can see from this picture - it appears Adam was right. #kittensofinstagram #iguesswehavefourcatsnow #congratulationstogretchen (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Such a great weekend of teaching in Chicago. Thank you to @mattbrownsdream and @oldtownschool for allowing me to be a part of the incredible community they have built here. I can only hope that I left behind new enthusiastic jammers and improvisers. #bluegrass #oldtime #fiddle #workshop #chicago (at Old Town School of Folk Music)</p>

Such a great weekend of teaching in Chicago. Thank you to @mattbrownsdream and @oldtownschool for allowing me to be a part of the incredible community they have built here. I can only hope that I left behind new enthusiastic jammers and improvisers. #bluegrass #oldtime #fiddle #workshop #chicago (at Old Town School of Folk Music)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>And then my best friend @marysueenglund got the call from the German shepherd rescue that this girl was available and Mary Sue had just lost her two beautiful shepherds in the last six months so she said yes and all of a sudden we have a precious puppy in our extended family who I can go visit whenever I want. Welcome home, Sunny. #sundaymorningcomingdown #adventuresofsunny #germanshepherd #germanshepherdsofinstagram  (at Nashville, Tennessee)</p>

And then my best friend @marysueenglund got the call from the German shepherd rescue that this girl was available and Mary Sue had just lost her two beautiful shepherds in the last six months so she said yes and all of a sudden we have a precious puppy in our extended family who I can go visit whenever I want. Welcome home, Sunny. #sundaymorningcomingdown #adventuresofsunny #germanshepherd #germanshepherdsofinstagram (at Nashville, Tennessee)

Posted 12 weeks ago

The new album is done and I hope you like it. It should be out in the next couple of months and since you all suggested most of the tunes, you’re just as responsible for it as I am. So there. Here’s what is going to be on the album…
*Bonnie Prince Charlie *Obama’s March to the White House *Whiteface *Paris Waltz *Texas Serenade *Swedish Rhapsody *If Ever You Were Mine *Roxanne’s Waltz *Peacock Rag *Shove that Pig’s Foot a Little Further in the Fire *Uncle Herman’s Hornpipe *Denver Belle *Candy Girl/Candy Gal *Henry’s Dream *Benny and Bea’s Waltz @clawhammerist @gregcanote @nickbryantguitar @ashbyfrank @rossholmesfiddle @jonweisberger #fiddle #fiddlestar #crowdsourcetunes (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 12 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...