You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Redding. What can I possibly say about the old hometown that hasn’t already been said? But maybe I can add a few things… 1) It felt so strange to be singing in the Pilgrim again after all these years but I tried to remember everything Ken Putnam  ever taught me. I think I got about 75% of it right. 2) I must have gotten really lucky or been super cool in a previous life because I was surrounded by so much love, support, and good advice growing up. Last night I got a chance to thank a few of those people in person. 3) That damn bridge really made the whole town classier. 4) I played a round of “homegrown or transplant” and it was fun but not as fun as with @curmud.geon This was the last concert of The #fluevoginsideout Tour and it was a doozy. Thanks to the Oaksongs Concert Series and to my family and friends for all the, well, everything. I love you. #fiddle #banjo #pilgrimcongregationalchurch #insideout #youcangohomeagain #oaksongs  (at Pilgrim Congregational, UCC, Redding, CA)</p>

Redding. What can I possibly say about the old hometown that hasn’t already been said? But maybe I can add a few things… 1) It felt so strange to be singing in the Pilgrim again after all these years but I tried to remember everything Ken Putnam ever taught me. I think I got about 75% of it right. 2) I must have gotten really lucky or been super cool in a previous life because I was surrounded by so much love, support, and good advice growing up. Last night I got a chance to thank a few of those people in person. 3) That damn bridge really made the whole town classier. 4) I played a round of “homegrown or transplant” and it was fun but not as fun as with @curmud.geon This was the last concert of The #fluevoginsideout Tour and it was a doozy. Thanks to the Oaksongs Concert Series and to my family and friends for all the, well, everything. I love you. #fiddle #banjo #pilgrimcongregationalchurch #insideout #youcangohomeagain #oaksongs (at Pilgrim Congregational, UCC, Redding, CA)

Posted 10 weeks ago
<p>The #fluevoginsideout Tour continued north last night for a most pleasant and pie-filled concert at the Folsom Opry. Our dear friends John and Loretta Hettinger worked their magic yet again. (I’ve performed there probably a half dozen times.) I rank the pomegranate pie tops for this outing. Adam votes for rhubarb. We don’t have to agree on everything. In a few minutes we’ll be going on stage in Redding. Hometown return engagement, commence. #fiddle #banjo #pie #fluevog_margie  (at Folsom, California)</p>

The #fluevoginsideout Tour continued north last night for a most pleasant and pie-filled concert at the Folsom Opry. Our dear friends John and Loretta Hettinger worked their magic yet again. (I’ve performed there probably a half dozen times.) I rank the pomegranate pie tops for this outing. Adam votes for rhubarb. We don’t have to agree on everything. In a few minutes we’ll be going on stage in Redding. Hometown return engagement, commence. #fiddle #banjo #pie #fluevog_margie (at Folsom, California)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>I’m pretty sure it’s “cleats” and anyway, you needn’t worry. The #fluevoginsideout tour stopped at #valsburgers in Hayward because you shouldn’t have to eat a burger with a knife and fork. #oldschool #fiddle #banjo  (at Val’s Burgers)</p>

I’m pretty sure it’s “cleats” and anyway, you needn’t worry. The #fluevoginsideout tour stopped at #valsburgers in Hayward because you shouldn’t have to eat a burger with a knife and fork. #oldschool #fiddle #banjo (at Val’s Burgers)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>The #fluevoginsideout tour rolls along and tonight in Alameda was one for the ages. We played Natchez Under the Hill with @thebarefootquales and we literally had a standing room only section and a green room with cheese so what could possibly be better? Tomorrow we head to the Folsom Opry for an already sold out show and we’re feeling pretty overwhelmed by all of it. Thank you to everyone who came out tonight. We’re giddy with gratitude. #fluevog_conquer #oldtime #insideout #banjo #fiddle  (at Alameda, California)</p>

The #fluevoginsideout tour rolls along and tonight in Alameda was one for the ages. We played Natchez Under the Hill with @thebarefootquales and we literally had a standing room only section and a green room with cheese so what could possibly be better? Tomorrow we head to the Folsom Opry for an already sold out show and we’re feeling pretty overwhelmed by all of it. Thank you to everyone who came out tonight. We’re giddy with gratitude. #fluevog_conquer #oldtime #insideout #banjo #fiddle (at Alameda, California)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>What a lovely way to start the #fluevoginsideout tour! @jhelm3 and Anne Marie were such fabulous hosts and we got to see some of our nearest and dearest and I think only a few people got up in the middle of our show to check the score of the game. Victories all around. Tonight it’s @thebarefootquales in Alameda and even though they may be barefoot, look for us to expand your footwear and musical boundaries. #insideout #fluevog_cairo #marincountylove  (at San Rafael, California)</p>

What a lovely way to start the #fluevoginsideout tour! @jhelm3 and Anne Marie were such fabulous hosts and we got to see some of our nearest and dearest and I think only a few people got up in the middle of our show to check the score of the game. Victories all around. Tonight it’s @thebarefootquales in Alameda and even though they may be barefoot, look for us to expand your footwear and musical boundaries. #insideout #fluevog_cairo #marincountylove (at San Rafael, California)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Happy Halloween from our grandson, Cole. He is a skunk and he is adorable. That is all. #halloween #pew  (at Orlinda, Tennessee)</p>

Happy Halloween from our grandson, Cole. He is a skunk and he is adorable. That is all. #halloween #pew (at Orlinda, Tennessee)

Posted 11 weeks ago

Here you go - the aforementioned Darkness on the Delta with the pain in the ass Bobby Hicks part. Important points to consider: 1) I edited out the first half of the A part where I didn’t quite nail the harmony. You’re welcome. 2) The form of the tune is actually really short, which I think is awfully kind of them considering how hard it is. C) I’m teaching an improv workshop at the @freightandsalvage this coming Sunday and I can teach you everything I know about improv which basically consists of learning Bobby Hicks solos pretty much note for note. See video for confirmation of this. 4) Brian Christianson is awesome. #bluegrass #kennybaker #fiddle #twinfiddles #ronhock @brianosonfun Full version on my YouTube channel and that link is in my bio. (at Station Inn)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Seven days, seven black and white photos of my life. No pets (this is definitely NOT my pet @hiltnerj so shut up in advance), no people, no explanation. Nominate someone new every day. @jkbanjo  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Seven days, seven black and white photos of my life. No pets (this is definitely NOT my pet @hiltnerj so shut up in advance), no people, no explanation. Nominate someone new every day. @jkbanjo (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>I just got done playing the Kenny Baker Tribute Show at the Station Inn alongside some of the best damn fiddle players in this town. It was a huge honor even if @brianosonfun made me learn the super hard Bobby Hicks part on Darkness on the Delta. Joke’s on him, though, because here’s me getting my picture made next to Kenny Baker’s old truck. @brittfiddle @tylerandal @ivyphillipsfiddle @hiltnerj @thecampbellgram @babslamb @stephenschauer @bobbyosbornertx #fiddle #kennybaker #bestdamnfiddlerinbluegrass  (at Station Inn)</p>

I just got done playing the Kenny Baker Tribute Show at the Station Inn alongside some of the best damn fiddle players in this town. It was a huge honor even if @brianosonfun made me learn the super hard Bobby Hicks part on Darkness on the Delta. Joke’s on him, though, because here’s me getting my picture made next to Kenny Baker’s old truck. @brittfiddle @tylerandal @ivyphillipsfiddle @hiltnerj @thecampbellgram @babslamb @stephenschauer @bobbyosbornertx #fiddle #kennybaker #bestdamnfiddlerinbluegrass (at Station Inn)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Seven days, seven black and white photos of my life. No people, no pets, no explanation. Nominate someone new every day. @devonmc7  (at Station Inn)</p>

Seven days, seven black and white photos of my life. No people, no pets, no explanation. Nominate someone new every day. @devonmc7 (at Station Inn)

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...