You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Many thanks to Chris Stapleton for the generous invitation to #countryrising last night. He made it very special for the whole family. By the way, and most importantly, it’s a fantastic cause so if you get a moment, please donate at <a href="http://www.countryrising.org">www.countryrising.org</a>  (at Bridgestone Arena)</p>

Many thanks to Chris Stapleton for the generous invitation to #countryrising last night. He made it very special for the whole family. By the way, and most importantly, it’s a fantastic cause so if you get a moment, please donate at www.countryrising.org (at Bridgestone Arena)

Posted 9 weeks ago
<p>Last night was one of the best camp nights evaaahhhh. @nateleellc and @hiltnerj came and jammed with everyone and then this bunch (plus Katie McBride for much of it) stayed up til I’m not saying when and sang songs and practiced harmonies and just generally nerded out on singing of all kinds. It was magnificent. #nashvillevocalcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #imtoooldtostayupthislate  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Last night was one of the best camp nights evaaahhhh. @nateleellc and @hiltnerj came and jammed with everyone and then this bunch (plus Katie McBride for much of it) stayed up til I’m not saying when and sang songs and practiced harmonies and just generally nerded out on singing of all kinds. It was magnificent. #nashvillevocalcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #imtoooldtostayupthislate (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 9 weeks ago
<p>Lots of love for the @cartervintageguitars pilgrimage last night. The new sign is so awesome it refuses to be photographed at night. Also, two new guitars went home with campers and we realized, hours later, that one of them had just belonged to a camper from three weeks ago. #itsasmallworldafterall #newguitarday #nashvillevocalcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps  (at Carter Vintage Guitars)</p>

Lots of love for the @cartervintageguitars pilgrimage last night. The new sign is so awesome it refuses to be photographed at night. Also, two new guitars went home with campers and we realized, hours later, that one of them had just belonged to a camper from three weeks ago. #itsasmallworldafterall #newguitarday #nashvillevocalcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps (at Carter Vintage Guitars)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>Miss Lela has snapped. She will no longer be cooking fried chicken and tomato gravy. If you need her, she will be on the floor, dressing her babies. #lostit #snapped #nashvilleacousticcamps #onehoecaketoomany #nashvillevocalcamp  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Miss Lela has snapped. She will no longer be cooking fried chicken and tomato gravy. If you need her, she will be on the floor, dressing her babies. #lostit #snapped #nashvilleacousticcamps #onehoecaketoomany #nashvillevocalcamp (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>The “and so it begins…” camp photo is a little different this time around because I had to share this picture the Burches sent me from their flight from California to Nashville and I am just all warm and fuzzy that people are that excited to come to camp. First ever #nashvillevocalcamp starts now. #nashvilleacousticcamps #singsingsing  (at San Francisco International Airport)</p>

The “and so it begins…” camp photo is a little different this time around because I had to share this picture the Burches sent me from their flight from California to Nashville and I am just all warm and fuzzy that people are that excited to come to camp. First ever #nashvillevocalcamp starts now. #nashvilleacousticcamps #singsingsing (at San Francisco International Airport)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>Happy #tbt everyone. This is no big deal. It’s just my Papa talking to Benny Thomasson and his lovely wife, Bea. 1982 at the Quincy fiddle contest. #itsareallybigdeal #fiddle #legends #texas #joanpollardcameo  (at Quincy, California)</p>

Happy #tbt everyone. This is no big deal. It’s just my Papa talking to Benny Thomasson and his lovely wife, Bea. 1982 at the Quincy fiddle contest. #itsareallybigdeal #fiddle #legends #texas #joanpollardcameo (at Quincy, California)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>This girl drove seven hours each way to come to our show. I love her. And to be clear, I loved her before that. #fluevoginsideout #fiddle #banjo #furthesttraveled #speed  (at Folsom, California)</p>

This girl drove seven hours each way to come to our show. I love her. And to be clear, I loved her before that. #fluevoginsideout #fiddle #banjo #furthesttraveled #speed (at Folsom, California)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>Happy #tongueouttuesday from #sirwinstoncup It’s nice to be home and running errands with my favorite co-pilot. #treatsfromthebank #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #btcult #squishyfacecrew  (at The Farmers Bank)</p>

Happy #tongueouttuesday from #sirwinstoncup It’s nice to be home and running errands with my favorite co-pilot. #treatsfromthebank #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #btcult #squishyfacecrew (at The Farmers Bank)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>Not everything went exactly right on the #fluevoginsideout Tour. #murfixedit #fiddle #banjo</p>

Not everything went exactly right on the #fluevoginsideout Tour. #murfixedit #fiddle #banjo

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>Yesterday was the teaching portion of The #fluevoginsideout Tour and it was a spectacular success and ridiculously fun. I’m not exaggerating. I also believe Adam had 309 people in his workshop. Ok, maybe not that many but it was a lot and I got to see some of my favorite students and campers in my workshop AND I got to do some band coaching with @northcountryblue and they’re awesome already so that was easy. Also, we spent the evening in the city and it was perfect. We’re both a little bit beside ourselves with the amount of love and fun we experienced over the last few days and you can be sure, we’ve already started planning the return engagements. Extra special thanks to our booking agent, Mur. Without her we’d still just be wandering around looking for places to play. #fiddle #banjo #itsonlygoodbyefornow  (at Berkeley, California)</p>

Yesterday was the teaching portion of The #fluevoginsideout Tour and it was a spectacular success and ridiculously fun. I’m not exaggerating. I also believe Adam had 309 people in his workshop. Ok, maybe not that many but it was a lot and I got to see some of my favorite students and campers in my workshop AND I got to do some band coaching with @northcountryblue and they’re awesome already so that was easy. Also, we spent the evening in the city and it was perfect. We’re both a little bit beside ourselves with the amount of love and fun we experienced over the last few days and you can be sure, we’ve already started planning the return engagements. Extra special thanks to our booking agent, Mur. Without her we’d still just be wandering around looking for places to play. #fiddle #banjo #itsonlygoodbyefornow (at Berkeley, California)

Posted 10 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...