You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Happy Independence Day from me, Adam (not pictured), and Duke, who is our handsome dog-in-law. Have a wonderful day! #4thofjuly #whatkindofdogisthat  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy Independence Day from me, Adam (not pictured), and Duke, who is our handsome dog-in-law. Have a wonderful day! #4thofjuly #whatkindofdogisthat (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 75 weeks ago
<p>And as you may remember from our discussion last week… This is my #happyplace     #mandolin #workshoplove #beginnersrock #wildthings  (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)</p>

And as you may remember from our discussion last week… This is my #happyplace #mandolin #workshoplove #beginnersrock #wildthings (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p>Over the last two days I’ve taught 227 people (literally - that’s how many) how to play the #mandolin and at the beginning of every class I asked if anyone could name a famous mandolin player. One kid named Bill Monroe. One. This kid right here. And after the class he came up to me and told me he takes lessons from the amazing @bethany_olds and that’s how he knew about #billmonroe Thank goodness she’s out there fighting the good fight for #bluegrass music. Carry on. #thefutureissafe  (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)</p>

Over the last two days I’ve taught 227 people (literally - that’s how many) how to play the #mandolin and at the beginning of every class I asked if anyone could name a famous mandolin player. One kid named Bill Monroe. One. This kid right here. And after the class he came up to me and told me he takes lessons from the amazing @bethany_olds and that’s how he knew about #billmonroe Thank goodness she’s out there fighting the good fight for #bluegrass music. Carry on. #thefutureissafe (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p>Well, here we are already. Day 30 of the #whole30 and yep, we’re very glad we did it. The plan is to just keep trucking this way. We both feel better, have more consistent energy levels and clearer skin, and our clothes are fitting more comfortably. Maybe we’ll add in a few #paleo treats here and there, and we’re hoping to visit our favorite sushi place once a month or so. (Probably going to bring coconut aminos though.) Personally, I no longer want to eat whole bags of sour gummy worms at one sitting and that is enough of a victory for me. #sirwinstoncup thanks you all for your support. As you can see here, he is a big fan of the program. #wholeyearnotwhole30 #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Well, here we are already. Day 30 of the #whole30 and yep, we’re very glad we did it. The plan is to just keep trucking this way. We both feel better, have more consistent energy levels and clearer skin, and our clothes are fitting more comfortably. Maybe we’ll add in a few #paleo treats here and there, and we’re hoping to visit our favorite sushi place once a month or so. (Probably going to bring coconut aminos though.) Personally, I no longer want to eat whole bags of sour gummy worms at one sitting and that is enough of a victory for me. #sirwinstoncup thanks you all for your support. As you can see here, he is a big fan of the program. #wholeyearnotwhole30 #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p>And what about these lovelies?! They were students in my beginning mandolin workshop at the Country Music Hall of Fame this afternoon. There were like 40 or 50 kids and adults in each class! But what about me, you might be asking. I want to learn to play the mandolin in 30 minutes too! Well, join me tomorrow at 1pm, 1:45pm, or 2:30 and you can learn Wild Thing and Sweet Home Alabama on the mandolin, just like these happy people. #nashville #mandolin #thanksepiphone #countrymusic  (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)</p>

And what about these lovelies?! They were students in my beginning mandolin workshop at the Country Music Hall of Fame this afternoon. There were like 40 or 50 kids and adults in each class! But what about me, you might be asking. I want to learn to play the mandolin in 30 minutes too! Well, join me tomorrow at 1pm, 1:45pm, or 2:30 and you can learn Wild Thing and Sweet Home Alabama on the mandolin, just like these happy people. #nashville #mandolin #thanksepiphone #countrymusic (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p><a href="http://www.nashvillebanjocamp.com">www.nashvillebanjocamp.com</a> spots are already going fast. The banjo love is strong. #banjo #bluegrass #Cushman #Cahill #Munford #corbett  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)</p>

www.nashvillebanjocamp.com spots are already going fast. The banjo love is strong. #banjo #bluegrass #Cushman #Cahill #Munford #corbett (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)

Posted 76 weeks ago

I make videos every day, for one student or another, to help them learn a new tune or technique and I put them on YouTube all secret and unlisted-like so only they can see them. But today I thought, why so enigmatic? Share some fiddling with the people! So here you go, here’s some of the Old South Waltz that I recorded for @oldskoolmusik earlier today. I’ll expect you all to know it by week’s end. Carry on. #fiddle #waltz #learningtofiddle (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p>And here’s happy place number two - backing up my students on stage - getting to hear them perform all the awesome tunes on which they’ve worked so hard. Plus I’ve got not one, but two Millers to help me remember the chords. #lifesavers #fiddle #weiser #gibsonguitars  (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)</p>

And here’s happy place number two - backing up my students on stage - getting to hear them perform all the awesome tunes on which they’ve worked so hard. Plus I’ve got not one, but two Millers to help me remember the chords. #lifesavers #fiddle #weiser #gibsonguitars (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p>And here I am in my happy place. Fiddles up! #workshoplife #weiser #fiddle #oldtime #georgiashuffle  (at Weiser High School)</p>

And here I am in my happy place. Fiddles up! #workshoplife #weiser #fiddle #oldtime #georgiashuffle (at Weiser High School)

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p>I love to travel. You know I do. But there’s nothing like coming home. Today it’s breakfast with #sirwinstoncup on my foot. (Scrambled eggs with pineapple and carrots on the side #whole30 ) are the things that ground me. #homeiswhereyourdogis #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

I love to travel. You know I do. But there’s nothing like coming home. Today it’s breakfast with #sirwinstoncup on my foot. (Scrambled eggs with pineapple and carrots on the side #whole30 ) are the things that ground me. #homeiswhereyourdogis #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 76 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...