You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Here’s a former student of mine - this is Tarquin, friends. He’s also taken some lessons from @lukeplusrach and @fiddlerjustinbranum and I think he’s working with the lovely @deanier these days and the point is, this kid is a real musician. He has really mature ideas and never gets tired of playing and experimenting and I just love how his brain works. He’s fearless and loving. Be like Tarquin. #fiddle #fiddlecontest #weiser #swing #jazz #tarquinisacoolname (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)</p>

Here’s a former student of mine - this is Tarquin, friends. He’s also taken some lessons from @lukeplusrach and @fiddlerjustinbranum and I think he’s working with the lovely @deanier these days and the point is, this kid is a real musician. He has really mature ideas and never gets tired of playing and experimenting and I just love how his brain works. He’s fearless and loving. Be like Tarquin. #fiddle #fiddlecontest #weiser #swing #jazz #tarquinisacoolname (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)

Posted 77 weeks ago
<p>I made my mom climb these stairs. She’s pretty much up for whatever. It’s a fun game too - you can make up your own version of the house that sits at the top of them. #imagination #stairwaytoheaven #whyarethesehere #weiser #fiddlecontest  (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)</p>

I made my mom climb these stairs. She’s pretty much up for whatever. It’s a fun game too - you can make up your own version of the house that sits at the top of them. #imagination #stairwaytoheaven #whyarethesehere #weiser #fiddlecontest (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)

Posted 77 weeks ago
<p>Here’s another one of my precious students - Miss Abbey Uebelhoer who works hard, plays great, loves horses, and thinks everyone is beautiful exactly as they are. Seriously, she said that. Be like Abbey. #fiddle #Weiser #fiddlecontest  (at Weiser High School)</p>

Here’s another one of my precious students - Miss Abbey Uebelhoer who works hard, plays great, loves horses, and thinks everyone is beautiful exactly as they are. Seriously, she said that. Be like Abbey. #fiddle #Weiser #fiddlecontest (at Weiser High School)

Posted 77 weeks ago
<p>So proud of my girl Faith - she just placed 3rd in the National Fiddle Championships in the 8 and under age division. Yep, third in the nation. She is an absolute sweetheart, plays the fiddle like crazy, and is generally just a precious student. All the kids were amazing today. Fiddling is safe for another year… #fiddle #Weiser #nationalfiddlecontest  (at Weiser High School)</p>

So proud of my girl Faith - she just placed 3rd in the National Fiddle Championships in the 8 and under age division. Yep, third in the nation. She is an absolute sweetheart, plays the fiddle like crazy, and is generally just a precious student. All the kids were amazing today. Fiddling is safe for another year… #fiddle #Weiser #nationalfiddlecontest (at Weiser High School)

Posted 77 weeks ago
<p>This is the life folks. #whole30 on the road - tacky motel bedspread as a backdrop for organic chicken and veg and olives. It can be done. #weiser #fiddle #westoppedatwholefoodsinboise (at Colonial Motel)</p>

This is the life folks. #whole30 on the road - tacky motel bedspread as a backdrop for organic chicken and veg and olives. It can be done. #weiser #fiddle #westoppedatwholefoodsinboise (at Colonial Motel)

Posted 77 weeks ago

I can’t get out of the car. #17yeargnatinvasion #gnatsthesizeofbirds #weiser (at Colonial Motel)

Posted 78 weeks ago
<p>Happy Fathers Day - there are too many in my life for one picture. Seriously, there are not enough boxes in the little photo collage things. #embarrassmentofriches #fathersday #quantityandquality</p>

Happy Fathers Day - there are too many in my life for one picture. Seriously, there are not enough boxes in the little photo collage things. #embarrassmentofriches #fathersday #quantityandquality

Posted 78 weeks ago
<p>Obligatory airplane wing shot. The only thing different about this picture is that right under this particular window, sat Trace Adkins. I’m headed to Weiser, my friends. #traceadkinsnotpictured #weiser #fiddle #southwest #everynashvilleflighthasacelebrity  (at Nashville Airport - Southwest Terminal)</p>

Obligatory airplane wing shot. The only thing different about this picture is that right under this particular window, sat Trace Adkins. I’m headed to Weiser, my friends. #traceadkinsnotpictured #weiser #fiddle #southwest #everynashvilleflighthasacelebrity (at Nashville Airport - Southwest Terminal)

Posted 78 weeks ago
<p>#tbt to a few years ago - my stepson doing his thing. Yesterday was his birthday, he just got married, and he’s generally awesome. #proudstepmom #tobaccofarmer #robertsoncounty  (at Orlinda, Tennessee)</p>

#tbt to a few years ago - my stepson doing his thing. Yesterday was his birthday, he just got married, and he’s generally awesome. #proudstepmom #tobaccofarmer #robertsoncounty (at Orlinda, Tennessee)

Posted 78 weeks ago
<p>Here was last night’s (day 12) #whole30 dinner. Turkey burgers with guacamole on top (yes, in case you’re wondering, turkey burgers ARE better with guacamole on top), leftover Brussels sprouts, and roasted cauliflower with some diced sun dried tomatoes on top. And of course, the roasted red pepper sauce (that Adam now refers to as Magic Sauce) on the side. Moods are high around here. Whole 30 is making us much happier than not Whole 30. #almosthalfwaythere #feelingit  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Here was last night’s (day 12) #whole30 dinner. Turkey burgers with guacamole on top (yes, in case you’re wondering, turkey burgers ARE better with guacamole on top), leftover Brussels sprouts, and roasted cauliflower with some diced sun dried tomatoes on top. And of course, the roasted red pepper sauce (that Adam now refers to as Magic Sauce) on the side. Moods are high around here. Whole 30 is making us much happier than not Whole 30. #almosthalfwaythere #feelingit (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 78 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...