You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Well, now we’re getting somewhere. Still a lot left to go but #sirwinstoncup is pretty stoked about the progress. That’s his stoked face. @adamspickoftheday is washing tonight’s dinner dishes in the bathroom sink, still, and I think he is also wearing his stoked face. #sinkgoesinonmonday #remodelingisfun #bostonterrier  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Well, now we’re getting somewhere. Still a lot left to go but #sirwinstoncup is pretty stoked about the progress. That’s his stoked face. @adamspickoftheday is washing tonight’s dinner dishes in the bathroom sink, still, and I think he is also wearing his stoked face. #sinkgoesinonmonday #remodelingisfun #bostonterrier (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 105 weeks ago
<p>You damn right, I made carnitas and sweet potatoes with spinach and kale in a ripped out kitchen. A couple of tall cardboard boxes and one working stove, no problem. I chopped the sweet potatoes on the side of our giant bathtub and @adamspickoftheday did all the dishes in the bathroom sink. We are basically camping but it’s gonna be gorgeous when it’s all done… Stay tuned! #kitchencamping #carnitas #remodelingisfun  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

You damn right, I made carnitas and sweet potatoes with spinach and kale in a ripped out kitchen. A couple of tall cardboard boxes and one working stove, no problem. I chopped the sweet potatoes on the side of our giant bathtub and @adamspickoftheday did all the dishes in the bathroom sink. We are basically camping but it’s gonna be gorgeous when it’s all done… Stay tuned! #kitchencamping #carnitas #remodelingisfun (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 105 weeks ago
<p>Last night’s storm kept us up all night. Then Home Depot gave me a white microwave instead of a stainless one and the guys got it installed while I was teaching before I knew it was the wrong one. We need a nap. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #whitemicrowavegottago (that last one is a real hashtag that popped up - I’m not the only one, apparently) (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Last night’s storm kept us up all night. Then Home Depot gave me a white microwave instead of a stainless one and the guys got it installed while I was teaching before I knew it was the wrong one. We need a nap. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #whitemicrowavegottago (that last one is a real hashtag that popped up - I’m not the only one, apparently) (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 105 weeks ago
<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 106 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 106 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 106 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 106 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 106 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 106 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 107 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...