You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<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 120 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 120 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 120 weeks ago
<p>And here’s happy place number two - backing up my students on stage - getting to hear them perform all the awesome tunes on which they’ve worked so hard. Plus I’ve got not one, but two Millers to help me remember the chords. #lifesavers #fiddle #weiser #gibsonguitars  (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)</p>

And here’s happy place number two - backing up my students on stage - getting to hear them perform all the awesome tunes on which they’ve worked so hard. Plus I’ve got not one, but two Millers to help me remember the chords. #lifesavers #fiddle #weiser #gibsonguitars (at National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival)

Posted 120 weeks ago
<p>And here I am in my happy place. Fiddles up! #workshoplife #weiser #fiddle #oldtime #georgiashuffle  (at Weiser High School)</p>

And here I am in my happy place. Fiddles up! #workshoplife #weiser #fiddle #oldtime #georgiashuffle (at Weiser High School)

Posted 121 weeks ago
<p>I love to travel. You know I do. But there’s nothing like coming home. Today it’s breakfast with #sirwinstoncup on my foot. (Scrambled eggs with pineapple and carrots on the side #whole30 ) are the things that ground me. #homeiswhereyourdogis #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

I love to travel. You know I do. But there’s nothing like coming home. Today it’s breakfast with #sirwinstoncup on my foot. (Scrambled eggs with pineapple and carrots on the side #whole30 ) are the things that ground me. #homeiswhereyourdogis #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 121 weeks ago
<p>You all got so excited about this latest poster (thanks Armistead!) that we decided to make it available for sale on the banjo camp website. Go to <a href="http://www.nashvillebanjocamp.com">www.nashvillebanjocamp.com</a> and click on the store page to get your very own poster. It really dresses up a kitchen or practice room. #banjo #banjoart #bluegrass #radposter  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

You all got so excited about this latest poster (thanks Armistead!) that we decided to make it available for sale on the banjo camp website. Go to www.nashvillebanjocamp.com and click on the store page to get your very own poster. It really dresses up a kitchen or practice room. #banjo #banjoart #bluegrass #radposter (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 121 weeks ago
<p>Probably one of his best posters - Mike Armistead really unleashed the design gremlins for our upcoming banjo camp. Registration opens July 1! #nashvillebanjocamp #banjo #banjocamp  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Probably one of his best posters - Mike Armistead really unleashed the design gremlins for our upcoming banjo camp. Registration opens July 1! #nashvillebanjocamp #banjo #banjocamp (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 121 weeks ago
<p>Sometimes people ask me what kind of music I listen to and the truthful answer is often, “whatever I don’t play”. It can be waaaayyy too much to play, teach, and then listen to traditional music. But these three albums have come into my life recently and I am digging them all. You want a recommendation for some really beautiful and inspiring traditional/old-time/bluegrass music for your summer listening? You can’t go wrong with these. #bluegrass #oldtime #americana #summerjams #thesaubers #immigrantband #lukebulla  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Sometimes people ask me what kind of music I listen to and the truthful answer is often, “whatever I don’t play”. It can be waaaayyy too much to play, teach, and then listen to traditional music. But these three albums have come into my life recently and I am digging them all. You want a recommendation for some really beautiful and inspiring traditional/old-time/bluegrass music for your summer listening? You can’t go wrong with these. #bluegrass #oldtime #americana #summerjams #thesaubers #immigrantband #lukebulla (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 121 weeks ago
<p>Here’s just one of the many lines I’ve been in over the last few hours. This one didn’t move for two hours while we waited for them to tell us whether or not we had a new flight. You see, I flew from Boise to Chicago and then I was supposed to fly from Chicago to Nashville but while we were in the air they closed the Nashville airport entirely due to thunderstorms. We circled for an hour or so but then they decided to just reroute us to Atlanta. We landed in Atlanta around 3am and proceeded to wait in every line there is, and some new ones they just invented. As it stands now, they’ve given us our own special flight and it leaves in 4 hours. See y' />

Here’s just one of the many lines I’ve been in over the last few hours. This one didn’t move for two hours while we waited for them to tell us whether or not we had a new flight. You see, I flew from Boise to Chicago and then I was supposed to fly from Chicago to Nashville but while we were in the air they closed the Nashville airport entirely due to thunderstorms. We circled for an hour or so but then they decided to just reroute us to Atlanta. We landed in Atlanta around 3am and proceeded to wait in every line there is, and some new ones they just invented. As it stands now, they’ve given us our own special flight and it leaves in 4 hours. See y'all soon… #tryingtogethome #atl #nashvilleorbust (at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

Posted 121 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...