You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Fiddle case update. Gorgeous new @sfgiants patch sewn on, joining the random Chilliwack patch I found at @oldmadegood years ago (More people stop me to ask me about that one than you might imagine.) and immediately added because I have such great memories of Chilliwack in the early aughts. I put the Hank patch on there so fewer people would ask me what kind of music I play. Doesn’t work. And the @waltergeoffreythefrenchie patch is on there because he reminds me to always be the drama Queen of my own castle. </p>

<p>When you have a canvas case cover and can’t just throw any old sticker (or decal, as the Canadians say, except with the accent on the opposite syllable, it’s confusing you kind of have to hear it) on it, it does make you think a lot more about your choices. I’m a slow seamstress.</p>

<p>#sfgiants #chilliwack #whatsonyourcase #heygoodlookin  (at Fiddlestar Camps)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc-8O47Lgwj/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc-8O47Lgwj/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Fiddle case update. Gorgeous new @sfgiants patch sewn on, joining the random Chilliwack patch I found at @oldmadegood years ago (More people stop me to ask me about that one than you might imagine.) and immediately added because I have such great memories of Chilliwack in the early aughts. I put the Hank patch on there so fewer people would ask me what kind of music I play. Doesn’t work. And the @waltergeoffreythefrenchie patch is on there because he reminds me to always be the drama Queen of my own castle.

When you have a canvas case cover and can’t just throw any old sticker (or decal, as the Canadians say, except with the accent on the opposite syllable, it’s confusing you kind of have to hear it) on it, it does make you think a lot more about your choices. I’m a slow seamstress.

#sfgiants #chilliwack #whatsonyourcase #heygoodlookin (at Fiddlestar Camps)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc-8O47Lgwj/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 21 weeks ago
<p>Registration opens May 1st at 9am Central. Go to the Nashville Acoustic Camps website  to learn more. And I’d recommend setting an ⏰. Our camps tend to sell out quickly. </p>

<p>@allison_de_groot @clawhammerist @johndbalch @nashvillebanjo @eartrumpetlabs @rickardbanjos </p>

<p>#banjo #clawhammerbanjo #clawhammer #oldtime #nashvilleacousticcamps #nashvilleclawhammercamp  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CcqcHzHLGVv/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CcqcHzHLGVv/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Registration opens May 1st at 9am Central. Go to the Nashville Acoustic Camps website to learn more. And I’d recommend setting an ⏰. Our camps tend to sell out quickly.

@allison_de_groot @clawhammerist @johndbalch @nashvillebanjo @eartrumpetlabs @rickardbanjos

#banjo #clawhammerbanjo #clawhammer #oldtime #nashvilleacousticcamps #nashvilleclawhammercamp (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CcqcHzHLGVv/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 22 weeks ago
<p>Last night I got the honor of being in a @lindsaylawlermusic live performance shoot for her powerful new song “I’m Okay.” Such a fun and inspiring night with amazing musicians and super cool supportive people (including my bff Mary Sue who slayed the 2nd violin part on a moment’s notice). Thanks to @markevitts for having me. I’d be happy playing your string parts forever. </p>

<p>#lindsaylawler #imokay  (at Nashville, Tennessee)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CcofOt0r6gY/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CcofOt0r6gY/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Last night I got the honor of being in a @lindsaylawlermusic live performance shoot for her powerful new song “I’m Okay.” Such a fun and inspiring night with amazing musicians and super cool supportive people (including my bff Mary Sue who slayed the 2nd violin part on a moment’s notice). Thanks to @markevitts for having me. I’d be happy playing your string parts forever.

#lindsaylawler #imokay (at Nashville, Tennessee)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CcofOt0r6gY/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 22 weeks ago
<p>Four years ago today we had to say goodbye to our dear Winston. @adamspickoftheday can tell you about how I reacted the first night he was with us. Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly a dog person back then. That may come as a surprise to some of you who see how Lester and I roll. But that wouldn’t be the relationship it is without this guy having been in our lives. Winston was a damn legend and everyone who met him knew it. We miss you, Winnin. </p>

<p>#thewinnin #bostonterrier #rainbowbridge  (at Fiddlestar Camps)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CclWsGdu8TT/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CclWsGdu8TT/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Four years ago today we had to say goodbye to our dear Winston. @adamspickoftheday can tell you about how I reacted the first night he was with us. Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly a dog person back then. That may come as a surprise to some of you who see how Lester and I roll. But that wouldn’t be the relationship it is without this guy having been in our lives. Winston was a damn legend and everyone who met him knew it. We miss you, Winnin.

#thewinnin #bostonterrier #rainbowbridge (at Fiddlestar Camps)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CclWsGdu8TT/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 22 weeks ago
<p>Lester makes the best Home Depot date.</p>

<p>#kohler #shihtzu #shihtzusofinstagram #blackdog #lesterpawfus  (at The Home Depot)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CcZFQFFLfyW/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CcZFQFFLfyW/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Lester makes the best Home Depot date.

#kohler #shihtzu #shihtzusofinstagram #blackdog #lesterpawfus (at The Home Depot)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CcZFQFFLfyW/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 23 weeks ago

Advanced Tune Tuesday - Jean’s Reel

Ok! In today’s episode of being dragged way outside my comfort zone, the fine people of the #2022advancedplayerschallenge bring you, via me, Jean’s Reel. I can barely do one triplet cut, let alone two in a row but that’s the tune and that’s the challenge so here we are. I did immediately take a nap after learning and recording this one and you can be sure I did not use the @fergalscahillmusic version because I know my limits. This is a super cool tune and I really enjoyed trying something so different.

In other news, a lot of fun things are happening around here. Adam started his amazing new job today and I’m doing a tv show taping this week and some background long bows in a music video next week and Lester is enjoying some new toys he got from his Nana. My students are making me extra proud lately and well, I’m just trying to keep it positive and remember, as Derek tells us, kindness is magic.

#fiddle #fiddlestar #jeansreel #tripletcuts #toomanynotesinarow (at Fiddlestar Camps)
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CcRgGHxgNGq/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Happy #nationalpetday from me, your boy Lester.</p>

<p>#lesterpawfus #lesterhere #shihtzu #shihtzusofinstagram #napsarelife  (at Fiddlestar Camps)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CcO5ce_rdrw/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CcO5ce_rdrw/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Happy #nationalpetday from me, your boy Lester.

#lesterpawfus #lesterhere #shihtzu #shihtzusofinstagram #napsarelife (at Fiddlestar Camps)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CcO5ce_rdrw/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>2022 Nashville Mandolin Camp - a finer bunch of folks you’ve never met.</p>

<p>#nashvillemandolincamp #mandolin #nashvilleacousticcamps  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CcMOzlkLrl_/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CcMOzlkLrl_/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

2022 Nashville Mandolin Camp - a finer bunch of folks you’ve never met.

#nashvillemandolincamp #mandolin #nashvilleacousticcamps (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CcMOzlkLrl_/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Scenes from Saturday…</p>

<p>#nashvillemandolincamp #mandolin #mandolincamp #lesterhere  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CcKAfsysHGn/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CcKAfsysHGn/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Scenes from Saturday…

#nashvillemandolincamp #mandolin #mandolincamp #lesterhere (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CcKAfsysHGn/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 23 weeks ago
<p>Scenes from Friday…</p>

<p>#nashvillrmandolincamp #mandolin #bluegrass #8stringsnowaiting #nashvilleacousticcamps  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CcHDG7LrDaZ/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=">https://www.instagram.com/p/CcHDG7LrDaZ/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=</a></p>

Scenes from Friday…

#nashvillrmandolincamp #mandolin #bluegrass #8stringsnowaiting #nashvilleacousticcamps (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CcHDG7LrDaZ/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

Posted 24 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...