You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Happy #tongueouttuesday to all our dear friends! #sirwinstoncup would like to especially thank all the campers at the #nashvilleacousticcamps who drop eggs, pork, chips, whatever, on the floor. He’s really looking forward to having you all back in the fall. #nashville #bostonterrier #flatnosedogsociety #bostonterriercult  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy #tongueouttuesday to all our dear friends! #sirwinstoncup would like to especially thank all the campers at the #nashvilleacousticcamps who drop eggs, pork, chips, whatever, on the floor. He’s really looking forward to having you all back in the fall. #nashville #bostonterrier #flatnosedogsociety #bostonterriercult (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 78 weeks ago
<p>Are you going to the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, ID? Yep, me too. Come hang out with me next Thursday at my fiddle workshop. I’m going to be teaching old time style tunes and techniques. I think it’s cheap, like $5 or $10 depending on whether or not you’re a member of the NOTFA. And I’ll probably be giving out stuff. You know how I like to give out stuff… #fiddle #fiddleworkshop #freestuff @daddarioorchestral @daddarioandco #oldtime #weiser  (at Weiser High School)</p>

Are you going to the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, ID? Yep, me too. Come hang out with me next Thursday at my fiddle workshop. I’m going to be teaching old time style tunes and techniques. I think it’s cheap, like $5 or $10 depending on whether or not you’re a member of the NOTFA. And I’ll probably be giving out stuff. You know how I like to give out stuff… #fiddle #fiddleworkshop #freestuff @daddarioorchestral @daddarioandco #oldtime #weiser (at Weiser High School)

Posted 78 weeks ago
<p>The boys and I made a new friend today. Or at least I think we’re friends. He was pretty quiet and seemed reluctant to join us for our morning constitutional but I feel confident that we’ll all hang out again sometime. #turtlesunday #newfriends #sirwinstoncup #bostonsofinstagram #bostonterrier #flatnosedogsociety #busterkeaton #bkeats #blackandwhitecat  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

The boys and I made a new friend today. Or at least I think we’re friends. He was pretty quiet and seemed reluctant to join us for our morning constitutional but I feel confident that we’ll all hang out again sometime. #turtlesunday #newfriends #sirwinstoncup #bostonsofinstagram #bostonterrier #flatnosedogsociety #busterkeaton #bkeats #blackandwhitecat (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 79 weeks ago
<p>Walked out my front door in my new Reebok Nanos on the way to my first Crossfit class ever and almost stepped right on this. Draw all your own analogies. Post WOD report - I didn’t die but I sure as hell thought about it. Thanks to @cleliahart and the really lovely people at @crossfit615 for helping me through it. I’m thinking about going back. I’ll keep you all posted… #crossfit #ihavealongwaytogo  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Walked out my front door in my new Reebok Nanos on the way to my first Crossfit class ever and almost stepped right on this. Draw all your own analogies. Post WOD report - I didn’t die but I sure as hell thought about it. Thanks to @cleliahart and the really lovely people at @crossfit615 for helping me through it. I’m thinking about going back. I’ll keep you all posted… #crossfit #ihavealongwaytogo (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 79 weeks ago
<p>Since the very first time I heard a @theweepies song, these two have been my musical heroes. Some of you know that Rocks and Water, the most played song from my album with the wonderful @billevansbanjo is one of theirs and if you didn’t, now you do. It sure as hell wasn’t an original - I could only dream of writing a song that amazing. (Not for nothing, when Bill contacted them about allowing us to record it, they were so kind and generous to let us do it.) Seeing them live for the first time, I brought their duo name to life, crying all over my olives and frites. As a working musician and teacher I sometimes lose track of just finding and listening to great songs - caught up in the “job” of it all. But whenever that happens, I remember to put on The Weepies and just bask in everything I love about great singing and songwriting. #theweepies #cantgobacknow #nashvillenights  (at City Winery Nashville)</p>

Since the very first time I heard a @theweepies song, these two have been my musical heroes. Some of you know that Rocks and Water, the most played song from my album with the wonderful @billevansbanjo is one of theirs and if you didn’t, now you do. It sure as hell wasn’t an original - I could only dream of writing a song that amazing. (Not for nothing, when Bill contacted them about allowing us to record it, they were so kind and generous to let us do it.) Seeing them live for the first time, I brought their duo name to life, crying all over my olives and frites. As a working musician and teacher I sometimes lose track of just finding and listening to great songs - caught up in the “job” of it all. But whenever that happens, I remember to put on The Weepies and just bask in everything I love about great singing and songwriting. #theweepies #cantgobacknow #nashvillenights (at City Winery Nashville)

Posted 79 weeks ago
<p>Day 5 #whole30 dinner - the roasted red pepper sauce has been approved by @adamspickoftheday and declared fit to go atop just about anything. Also, I don’t mean to be racist but we like the white sweet potatoes better than the orange ones. #donthate #fiddlerswhocook  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Day 5 #whole30 dinner - the roasted red pepper sauce has been approved by @adamspickoftheday and declared fit to go atop just about anything. Also, I don’t mean to be racist but we like the white sweet potatoes better than the orange ones. #donthate #fiddlerswhocook (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 79 weeks ago
<p>Here’s my handsome boy #sirwinstoncup drying off after his beloved bath time. That last part is sarcastic. #bostonterrier #bostonterriersofinstagram #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #dogdaysofsummer  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Here’s my handsome boy #sirwinstoncup drying off after his beloved bath time. That last part is sarcastic. #bostonterrier #bostonterriersofinstagram #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #dogdaysofsummer (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 79 weeks ago
<p>Day 4 #whole30 dinner - my new favorite thing is Magic Unicorn salt. (Also coconut aminos on all vegetables.) Thank you @beautifulbrinysea for making delicious things to sprinkle on salmon. #marconaalmondsforthewin #yesimadethemayo  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Day 4 #whole30 dinner - my new favorite thing is Magic Unicorn salt. (Also coconut aminos on all vegetables.) Thank you @beautifulbrinysea for making delicious things to sprinkle on salmon. #marconaalmondsforthewin #yesimadethemayo (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 79 weeks ago
<p>Day 3 dinner - all is well. I haven’t killed anyone yet. The headaches are subsiding. I haven’t eaten a single gummy worm. @whole30 #whole30 #fiddlerswhocook #iovercookedtheshrimp  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Day 3 dinner - all is well. I haven’t killed anyone yet. The headaches are subsiding. I haven’t eaten a single gummy worm. @whole30 #whole30 #fiddlerswhocook #iovercookedtheshrimp (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 79 weeks ago
<p>Many of you know our dear camper/student Leo Hickman. Today he “got back on the horse” as he put it, after a surgery that left him unable to play the fiddle for months and he competed at the John Hartford Festival old time fiddle contest. Here he is collecting his second place loot. Yep, after months of rehab and hard work and sometimes wondering if he’d ever play again at all, he got freakin’ second place in a fiddle contest. Leo is always looking for the next challenge and asking what’s next. He encourages other people to follow their dreams and he leads by example. Be like Leo. #fiddle #myhero #theleohickman #johnhartford  (at Official Bean Blossom and Bill Monroe Music Park)</p>

Many of you know our dear camper/student Leo Hickman. Today he “got back on the horse” as he put it, after a surgery that left him unable to play the fiddle for months and he competed at the John Hartford Festival old time fiddle contest. Here he is collecting his second place loot. Yep, after months of rehab and hard work and sometimes wondering if he’d ever play again at all, he got freakin’ second place in a fiddle contest. Leo is always looking for the next challenge and asking what’s next. He encourages other people to follow their dreams and he leads by example. Be like Leo. #fiddle #myhero #theleohickman #johnhartford (at Official Bean Blossom and Bill Monroe Music Park)

Posted 80 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...