You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>It’s important to start your day with a healthy breakfast. And I’d appreciate a little more positive attitude, please and thank you. #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

It’s important to start your day with a healthy breakfast. And I’d appreciate a little more positive attitude, please and thank you. #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 13 weeks ago

I got to play a couple of songs with my friends @cjnightdrivers at the IBMA Street Fest and here’s proof! Side note to songwriters generally: audiences love when you write songs that basically have fully formed fiddle tunes in the middle of them. And when I say audiences, I mostly mean fiddle players. But whatever. (Full version on my YouTube channel and on Facebook.) #chrisjonesandthenightdrivers #ibma #bluegrasspride #fiddle #banjo #bluegrass @jonweisberger @ginaclowes1 @intlbluegrass (at Raleigh, North Carolina)

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>Three house concerts with friends, one hometown concert in the church where I performed in the local-famous Madrigal Dinner back in the early 90s, and one workshop at the superb @freightandsalvage in Berkeley. All with the most brilliant and elegant banjo-playing @clawhammerist so color me excited. Northern CA, we’re on our way. Details at the FiddleStar website. Some concerts are already full or almost full. Redding still has tickets and the workshop still has open seats. Come see us, won’t you? #oldtime #insideout #fiddle #banjo #welearnednewsongsjustforthis (at Northern California)</p>

Three house concerts with friends, one hometown concert in the church where I performed in the local-famous Madrigal Dinner back in the early 90s, and one workshop at the superb @freightandsalvage in Berkeley. All with the most brilliant and elegant banjo-playing @clawhammerist so color me excited. Northern CA, we’re on our way. Details at the FiddleStar website. Some concerts are already full or almost full. Redding still has tickets and the workshop still has open seats. Come see us, won’t you? #oldtime #insideout #fiddle #banjo #welearnednewsongsjustforthis (at Northern California)

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>Best. Show. Ever. @jasonisbell doesn’t need lasers or Stonehenge or much of anything besides what he’s got. You know, great songs, guitar tone for days, and a band that truly cares. I worried that I had set my expectations too high. I needn’t have worried. Thank you to my husband @adamspickoftheday and the crew at @cartervintageguitars for a night that restored my faith in music and humanity.  (at Ryman Auditorium)</p>

Best. Show. Ever. @jasonisbell doesn’t need lasers or Stonehenge or much of anything besides what he’s got. You know, great songs, guitar tone for days, and a band that truly cares. I worried that I had set my expectations too high. I needn’t have worried. Thank you to my husband @adamspickoftheday and the crew at @cartervintageguitars for a night that restored my faith in music and humanity. (at Ryman Auditorium)

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>My date to the @jasonisbell concert just won two Best of Nashville awards. Adam is here too but hates concert selfies so too bad for him. 🙄 #waltercarter #jasonisbell #ryman #nashvillenights  (at Ryman Auditorium)</p>

My date to the @jasonisbell concert just won two Best of Nashville awards. Adam is here too but hates concert selfies so too bad for him. 🙄 #waltercarter #jasonisbell #ryman #nashvillenights (at Ryman Auditorium)

Posted 14 weeks ago
<p>Backstage at the Chris Stapleton show but I can’t help it. My ❤️ lies with hockey. The super cool security lady let me take my picture where the @predsnhl skate out. Chris is awesome too though. #hockeyisromantic #gopreds #hockey #chrisstapleton  (at Bridgestone Arena)</p>

Backstage at the Chris Stapleton show but I can’t help it. My ❤️ lies with hockey. The super cool security lady let me take my picture where the @predsnhl skate out. Chris is awesome too though. #hockeyisromantic #gopreds #hockey #chrisstapleton (at Bridgestone Arena)

Posted 14 weeks ago

Have you been wondering what was missing from your life? Did it cross your mind that it might be a beautiful tune in ¾ time? I’m here to help. Here’s the lovely Paris Waltz, a Howdy Forrester tune, I believe, or at least he played the hell out of it if he didn’t actually write it. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to Leo Hickman for turning me on to this beautiful melody. That first move from B to Bb is money. Full version will be up on my YouTube channel shortly. #waltz #paris #iwanttowaltzinparis #leohickman #waltzes #fiddlestar #fiddle (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 14 weeks ago

It would take more paragraphs than IG will allow to express how much I adore @doumar1269 and how grateful I am to have been able to watch him grow up to the fine man he is today. He started coming to FiddleStar Youth Camp years ago, back when people still called him David. A day or two into that first camp (of five in a row he attended) Daniel Carwile christened him “Camo” and he was forever one of our favorite people. Remind me to tell you about the time he changed out my alternator belt instead of going swimming with the other kids. To get to witness him propose to this lovely lady (she did say yes, btw) on stage at the TN Valley Fiddlers Convention was just the very best thing. I wish them all the happiness in the world. #camo #athens #thebestprizeofall (at Athens State University)

Posted 14 weeks ago
<p>The best thing about a long day of judging is occasionally running in to beautiful and talented friends. (I’m not judging their division so don’t worry about my evident bias.) #athens #fiddlersconvention #fiddlechicks  (at Athens State University)</p>

The best thing about a long day of judging is occasionally running in to beautiful and talented friends. (I’m not judging their division so don’t worry about my evident bias.) #athens #fiddlersconvention #fiddlechicks (at Athens State University)

Posted 15 weeks ago
<p>Mailman brought the fun stuff today. #nashvilleflatpickcamp is coming soon and the @daddarioandco strings and tuners are in the house! #flatpick #guitar #daddario #ourcampsareaponsoredbythebest #nashvilleacousticcamps  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Mailman brought the fun stuff today. #nashvilleflatpickcamp is coming soon and the @daddarioandco strings and tuners are in the house! #flatpick #guitar #daddario #ourcampsareaponsoredbythebest #nashvilleacousticcamps (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 15 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...