You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>You know how much I love a good press conference/fiddle teaching photo so here’s this. Old time bowing patterns were the theme of the day. #walkercreekmusiccamp #oldtime #fiddle #georgiashuffle  (at Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor School and Conference Center)</p>

You know how much I love a good press conference/fiddle teaching photo so here’s this. Old time bowing patterns were the theme of the day. #walkercreekmusiccamp #oldtime #fiddle #georgiashuffle (at Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor School and Conference Center)

Posted 106 weeks ago
<p>Just left Walker Creek Camp and I will have a few more posts from that wonderful experience coming soon but I’d like to first share with you some of the people I adored picking with this weekend. As camps staffs go, this was a mighty memorable and amazing bunch. I’m exhausted. But the good kind. #bluegrass #walkercreekmusiccamp #campstorejam  (at Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor School and Conference Center)</p>

Just left Walker Creek Camp and I will have a few more posts from that wonderful experience coming soon but I’d like to first share with you some of the people I adored picking with this weekend. As camps staffs go, this was a mighty memorable and amazing bunch. I’m exhausted. But the good kind. #bluegrass #walkercreekmusiccamp #campstorejam (at Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor School and Conference Center)

Posted 106 weeks ago
<p>And we’re off… @clawhammerist was kind enough to pick me up in Nashville (on a 737 with 150 other nice folks) and we’re headed to California to teach at Walker Creek Music Camp and then perform a house concert in Mountain View. Exit row, no one in the middle seat. This trip is clearly on track already. #fiddlebanjo #insideout #oldtime #bluegrass #texasstyle  (at Nashville Airport - Southwest Terminal)</p>

And we’re off… @clawhammerist was kind enough to pick me up in Nashville (on a 737 with 150 other nice folks) and we’re headed to California to teach at Walker Creek Music Camp and then perform a house concert in Mountain View. Exit row, no one in the middle seat. This trip is clearly on track already. #fiddlebanjo #insideout #oldtime #bluegrass #texasstyle (at Nashville Airport - Southwest Terminal)

Posted 106 weeks ago
<p>I don’t know what’s happening with you tonight but here’s what happening with me. @tonydowofficial liked my photo of #busterkeaton and the #mandolin campers’ cars. #wallycleaver is looking fabulous these days and he’s become a wonderful sculptor. Go follow him. He liked my photo. I am beside myself. (at Fiddlestar)</p>

I don’t know what’s happening with you tonight but here’s what happening with me. @tonydowofficial liked my photo of #busterkeaton and the #mandolin campers’ cars. #wallycleaver is looking fabulous these days and he’s become a wonderful sculptor. Go follow him. He liked my photo. I am beside myself. (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 106 weeks ago
<p>And since we’re on the topic, do you all have a copy of my bestest friend Mary Sue Englund’s book (um, she wrote a book - a freakin book!) I Am a Woman? Several independently owned stores around Nashville are now carrying it and you can also purchase it through her website <a href="http://www.iamawomansurvivor.com">www.iamawomansurvivor.com</a> It’s inspiring. Just like Mary Sue herself. #nashville #giftbook #iamawoman #locallymade #madeinnashville  (at Serendipity)</p>

And since we’re on the topic, do you all have a copy of my bestest friend Mary Sue Englund’s book (um, she wrote a book - a freakin book!) I Am a Woman? Several independently owned stores around Nashville are now carrying it and you can also purchase it through her website www.iamawomansurvivor.com It’s inspiring. Just like Mary Sue herself. #nashville #giftbook #iamawoman #locallymade #madeinnashville (at Serendipity)

Posted 107 weeks ago
<p>This weekend I got some new glasses and went to one of my most happy places @parnassusbooks where I bought two new books (Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth and Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance) in hardcover, no less. Yes, I have an iPad full of delightful books as well, but there is nothing that replaces the weight, the feel, the tactile satisfaction of a beautiful hardcover book. Autumn is here. I’m getting my reading on. #parnassusbooks #supportyourlocalbookshop #nashville #girlswithglasses  (at Parnassus Books)</p>

This weekend I got some new glasses and went to one of my most happy places @parnassusbooks where I bought two new books (Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth and Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance) in hardcover, no less. Yes, I have an iPad full of delightful books as well, but there is nothing that replaces the weight, the feel, the tactile satisfaction of a beautiful hardcover book. Autumn is here. I’m getting my reading on. #parnassusbooks #supportyourlocalbookshop #nashville #girlswithglasses (at Parnassus Books)

Posted 107 weeks ago
<p>Since the first week I moved to #nashville in March of 2005, this place has been my taco place. I’m always attracted to a joint with a huge, slightly sketchy smoker out front and pieces of homemade flan inside a cooler toward the back and they just let you go grab as many pieces as you want and don’t judge and just tally up the bill at the end. I haven’t lived in Madison for years now but I’ve made sure it’s also @adamspickoftheday favorite place too so one or the both of us swings by there fairly often to pick up our weekend combination plates. Just thought I’d give them a shout out. #carnitas #pastor #flan  (at Tacos y Mariscos Lindo Mexico)</p>

Since the first week I moved to #nashville in March of 2005, this place has been my taco place. I’m always attracted to a joint with a huge, slightly sketchy smoker out front and pieces of homemade flan inside a cooler toward the back and they just let you go grab as many pieces as you want and don’t judge and just tally up the bill at the end. I haven’t lived in Madison for years now but I’ve made sure it’s also @adamspickoftheday favorite place too so one or the both of us swings by there fairly often to pick up our weekend combination plates. Just thought I’d give them a shout out. #carnitas #pastor #flan (at Tacos y Mariscos Lindo Mexico)

Posted 107 weeks ago
<p>Well, the results are in, and boy did they pick some winners. Our love and congratulations to our treasured family of teachers who pretty much cleaned up at the IBMA Awards this year. Well done, all y' />

Well, the results are in, and boy did they pick some winners. Our love and congratulations to our treasured family of teachers who pretty much cleaned up at the IBMA Awards this year. Well done, all y'all! #nashvilleacousticcamps #mandolin #banjo #guitar #flatpicking #ibma #wob @intlbluegrass (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 107 weeks ago
<p>Getting ready to teach our skype lessons for the day. #fiddleteacher #bostonterrier #bostonterrierlove #nofilterjustblanket  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Getting ready to teach our skype lessons for the day. #fiddleteacher #bostonterrier #bostonterrierlove #nofilterjustblanket (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 107 weeks ago

I’ve never seen Carol Salmon so happy as when she won a whole year’s subscription to @pegheadnation for #mandolin lessons with Sharon Gilchrist. Thanks to everyone over there for offering this incredibly generous gift to #nashvillemandolincamp You guys rock! (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 108 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...