You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>#tbt to a land far away where my mom made pies and liked dogs. Her #maryhartmanmaryhartman apron was giving you some clue to her real personality and also, who let me ride my bike in the house? #poorparenting #raggedyann  (at East Bay)</p>

#tbt to a land far away where my mom made pies and liked dogs. Her #maryhartmanmaryhartman apron was giving you some clue to her real personality and also, who let me ride my bike in the house? #poorparenting #raggedyann (at East Bay)

Posted 15 weeks ago
<p>Hard to decide which moment at #wob2017 was my favorite but this one certainly ranks right near the top. Ways you know you’re amongst your people: 1) Sparkles and sequins 2) surprise birthday cake with a picture of StuBob’s face 3) bluegrass pride 4) celebrating the birthday of one of the loveliest and most talented people you know, at 2am, which makes perfect sense at the time #stuartduncancakeforthewin #ibma #girlkeys #ibmyay #ibmawakening  (at Raleigh Marriott City Center)</p>

Hard to decide which moment at #wob2017 was my favorite but this one certainly ranks right near the top. Ways you know you’re amongst your people: 1) Sparkles and sequins 2) surprise birthday cake with a picture of StuBob’s face 3) bluegrass pride 4) celebrating the birthday of one of the loveliest and most talented people you know, at 2am, which makes perfect sense at the time #stuartduncancakeforthewin #ibma #girlkeys #ibmyay #ibmawakening (at Raleigh Marriott City Center)

Posted 15 weeks ago
<p>Well, registration for #nashvillemandolincamp opened an hour ago and now there are only five spots left. I just thought you should know… <a href="http://www.nashvillemandolincamp.com">www.nashvillemandolincamp.com</a> and these teachers are really nice. Super, super nice. Everyone says so. #mandolin #bluegrass #swing #nashville  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Well, registration for #nashvillemandolincamp opened an hour ago and now there are only five spots left. I just thought you should know… www.nashvillemandolincamp.com and these teachers are really nice. Super, super nice. Everyone says so. #mandolin #bluegrass #swing #nashville (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 15 weeks ago
<p>Years ago, a certain bluegrass musician told me that women weren’t all that good for bluegrass in general and if anything, that they were mostly useful for singing high baritone parts. Well, I’d listen to an album of any one of these women literally just singing high baritone. But I think we all know it would be much, much more… #girlkeys #chicksingers #womeninbluegrassshouldjustbecalledbluegrass #wob2017  (at Raleigh Marriott City Center)</p>

Years ago, a certain bluegrass musician told me that women weren’t all that good for bluegrass in general and if anything, that they were mostly useful for singing high baritone parts. Well, I’d listen to an album of any one of these women literally just singing high baritone. But I think we all know it would be much, much more… #girlkeys #chicksingers #womeninbluegrassshouldjustbecalledbluegrass #wob2017 (at Raleigh Marriott City Center)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>Last night was a bluegrass emotional roller coaster and having these two precious people by my side made it worth the ride. They are the very definition of friendship. On a similar topic, much love to @molly_tuttle and @patrickmcavinue for their wins at the award show and @hiltnerj for his win at life. We came, we sparkled, we conquered. #wob2017 #ibma #friendsaremoreimportantthanbluegrass  (at Raleigh Convention Center)</p>

Last night was a bluegrass emotional roller coaster and having these two precious people by my side made it worth the ride. They are the very definition of friendship. On a similar topic, much love to @molly_tuttle and @patrickmcavinue for their wins at the award show and @hiltnerj for his win at life. We came, we sparkled, we conquered. #wob2017 #ibma #friendsaremoreimportantthanbluegrass (at Raleigh Convention Center)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>One of the best things going on at #wob2017 is the youth jam room. I mean, isn’t that the idea? Grow some new bluegrass and old time music lovers so that the music can continue to evolve through the filters of these amazing young minds? Well, I think it’s the idea. Mad props to @ivyphillipsfiddle for booking special guests like @specialconsensus in that jam room and @deanier for being the kickass role model they all need. #ibma #bluegrass #payitforward #kob  (at Raleigh Convention Center)</p>

One of the best things going on at #wob2017 is the youth jam room. I mean, isn’t that the idea? Grow some new bluegrass and old time music lovers so that the music can continue to evolve through the filters of these amazing young minds? Well, I think it’s the idea. Mad props to @ivyphillipsfiddle for booking special guests like @specialconsensus in that jam room and @deanier for being the kickass role model they all need. #ibma #bluegrass #payitforward #kob (at Raleigh Convention Center)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>These people that I love dearly won Momentum Awards today and I could not be happier. They have momentum and I’m glad it was recognized. Special shout out to presenter Molly Tuttle who gave away awards with panache. #wob2017 #ibma #caseymademelaughandtristanmademecry (at Raleigh Convention Center)</p>

These people that I love dearly won Momentum Awards today and I could not be happier. They have momentum and I’m glad it was recognized. Special shout out to presenter Molly Tuttle who gave away awards with panache. #wob2017 #ibma #caseymademelaughandtristanmademecry (at Raleigh Convention Center)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>They told me I had to be in the camp photo and I ended up blocking Wayne Alderman with my giant face. Dammit. Sorry, Wayne. I just love this band of misfits more than I can tell you. #nashvillemandolincamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #mandolin #mandolincamp #anneandhollycutclassbuticantbemadatthem (at Fiddlestar)</p>

They told me I had to be in the camp photo and I ended up blocking Wayne Alderman with my giant face. Dammit. Sorry, Wayne. I just love this band of misfits more than I can tell you. #nashvillemandolincamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #mandolin #mandolincamp #anneandhollycutclassbuticantbemadatthem (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>Morning meeting. Camp mascot,  engage. #sirwinstoncup #itstimeforthesayingofthethings #tacosaturday #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Morning meeting. Camp mascot, engage. #sirwinstoncup #itstimeforthesayingofthethings #tacosaturday #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 17 weeks ago
<p>We take our campers to @cartervintageguitars because Walter literally wrote the book on mandolins and Christie does everything else. You won’t find a better second home. Duffs. Ellises. Gilchrists. Pavas. Red Diamonds. Loars. And a whole lotta love. In case you can’t decide, @honkytonkheather will sell you a hat. #nashvilleacousticcamps #nashvillemandolincamp #mandolin #nashville #cartervintageguitars  (at Carter Vintage Guitars)</p>

We take our campers to @cartervintageguitars because Walter literally wrote the book on mandolins and Christie does everything else. You won’t find a better second home. Duffs. Ellises. Gilchrists. Pavas. Red Diamonds. Loars. And a whole lotta love. In case you can’t decide, @honkytonkheather will sell you a hat. #nashvilleacousticcamps #nashvillemandolincamp #mandolin #nashville #cartervintageguitars (at Carter Vintage Guitars)

Posted 17 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...