You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>I made my own birthday cake. Same one I make every year. Haven’t found one I like better. I ate it at my friend Whitney’s house back in the early 2000’s and immediately demanded the recipe. Sunset Magazine, as it turned out. Called for reconstituting, roasting and making a purée of pasilla chilies and it was a big long ordeal and then I discovered pasilla chile powder at the Hayward Safeway so that made the whole thing about 20 minutes total prep and 15 minutes of baking. Why wouldn’t I make it for every conceivable holiday? Homemade whipped cream on the side, natch. #chilechocolate #shortcuts  #spicybirthday  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)</p>

I made my own birthday cake. Same one I make every year. Haven’t found one I like better. I ate it at my friend Whitney’s house back in the early 2000’s and immediately demanded the recipe. Sunset Magazine, as it turned out. Called for reconstituting, roasting and making a purée of pasilla chilies and it was a big long ordeal and then I discovered pasilla chile powder at the Hayward Safeway so that made the whole thing about 20 minutes total prep and 15 minutes of baking. Why wouldn’t I make it for every conceivable holiday? Homemade whipped cream on the side, natch. #chilechocolate #shortcuts #spicybirthday (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>It’s pretty clear to me that he’s thinking about how he’d be baking me a birthday cake if only he had opposable thumbs. Thanks buddy, I know you would… #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)</p>

It’s pretty clear to me that he’s thinking about how he’d be baking me a birthday cake if only he had opposable thumbs. Thanks buddy, I know you would… #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>Really proud of our friend #chriswest making his debut with #marlenetwittyfargo at @citywinerynsh last night. Excuse me, that’s Cousin Odell. Also, side props to @hiltnerj and his solid banjo stance. #hello  (at City Winery Nashville)</p>

Really proud of our friend #chriswest making his debut with #marlenetwittyfargo at @citywinerynsh last night. Excuse me, that’s Cousin Odell. Also, side props to @hiltnerj and his solid banjo stance. #hello (at City Winery Nashville)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>And then you start editing photos after the shoot and find a bunch of these. #bts #helping #secretselfies @clawhammerist #fiddlebanjo #oldtime  (at Bakers Market)</p>

And then you start editing photos after the shoot and find a bunch of these. #bts #helping #secretselfies @clawhammerist #fiddlebanjo #oldtime (at Bakers Market)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>When you’re using your front facing camera to prep for a photo shoot with @clawhammerist and @tylerandal is helping. #oldtime #fiddlebanjo #texasstyle #lestersloafinlounge  (at Bakers Market)</p>

When you’re using your front facing camera to prep for a photo shoot with @clawhammerist and @tylerandal is helping. #oldtime #fiddlebanjo #texasstyle #lestersloafinlounge (at Bakers Market)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>I mean, we think it was a good idea… Right? @clawhammerist #oldtime #texasstyle #tenorguitar #swing #fiddle #banjo #fiddlebanjo  (at Root Note Studios)</p>

I mean, we think it was a good idea… Right? @clawhammerist #oldtime #texasstyle #tenorguitar #swing #fiddle #banjo #fiddlebanjo (at Root Note Studios)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>Today, phase two. Swing chords and tenor guitar on an old time fiddle/banjo record. It’s a new genre of music you didn’t even know you wanted. You’re welcome. @clawhammerist #fiddlebanjo #tenorguitar #texasstyle #oldtime  (at Root Note Studios)</p>

Today, phase two. Swing chords and tenor guitar on an old time fiddle/banjo record. It’s a new genre of music you didn’t even know you wanted. You’re welcome. @clawhammerist #fiddlebanjo #tenorguitar #texasstyle #oldtime (at Root Note Studios)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>Yesterday, phase one done. Today, rhythm. Yep, that’s backwards. @clawhammerist #fiddle #banjo #fiddlebanjo #oldtime #texasstyle  (at Root Note Studios)</p>

Yesterday, phase one done. Today, rhythm. Yep, that’s backwards. @clawhammerist #fiddle #banjo #fiddlebanjo #oldtime #texasstyle (at Root Note Studios)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>Scenes from a studio. @clawhammerist #fiddle #fiddlebanjo #oldtime @thefryecompany  (at Root Note Studios)</p>

Scenes from a studio. @clawhammerist #fiddle #fiddlebanjo #oldtime @thefryecompany (at Root Note Studios)

Posted 134 weeks ago
<p>Next week. #facetoface  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)</p>

Next week. #facetoface (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)

Posted 135 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...