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Book of the Month

Recipes and Road Stories
Life on the Road with Sisters Hannah and Caroline Melby of the duo HanaLena

By Hannah and Caroline Melby





By the time Hannah was in the 11th grade and Caroline was in the 7th grade, the Melby sisters were touring the country in bluegrass bands, with Hannah on fiddle and Caroline on mandolin. Today the sisters are the front persons of a very popular Nashville-based country music touring band named HanaLena.

Do they ever have some great stories to tell about coming of age on the concert trail!

Recipes and Road Stories: Life on the Road with Sisters Hannah and Caroline Melby of the duo HanaLena blends touching and rollicking road stories with an assortment of tasty recipes, and then tops everything off with plenty of exciting photographs.

Also contributing recipes are friends they made on the road, including Rhonda Vincent, a 5-time Grammy nominee who has been called the "Queen of Bluegrass," and Claire Lynch, who is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Association.

The sisters, who grew up in Starkville, Mississippi, performed from an early age—Hannah is now 28, Caroline is 24—evolving from bluegrass to progressive country as they perfected their songwriting and performance skills out on the road. In 2008 they won the “Best New Act in Country Music” competition at the Colgate Country Showdown in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville—and took home a check for a cool $100,000 presented by country music star LeAnn Rimes.

On the road they have opened for stars such as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and performed with Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin and the "King of Bluegrass" Jimmy Martin, who was a frequent performer on the Opry before his death in 2005.

Included are recipes for veggie taco soup, pickled sausage, chicken and dressing, deer steak and gravy, shrimp and grits, and deep fried Oreos,  to name but a few delicious entries in the book.

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  • HanaLena Headlines Second Annual Sartoris Literary Group Festival

    Hannah and Caroline Melby will sign their book, Recipes and Road Stories, and perform at Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi, on September 27, 2-4 p.m. They now live in Nashville, but they are originally from Starkville, Mississippi. Also participating will be: Darden North, Wiggle Room; Annie Oeth, Because I Said So! Life in the Mom Zone; legendary FBI agent Jim Ingram's sons Jim, Steve and Stan will sign their late father's memoir, The Hero Among Us: Memoirs of an FBI Witness Hunter; Liz Stauffer, Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club; James L. Dickerson, Nicole Kidman: A Kind of Life and Memphis Going Down, a 100-year history of Memphis music; Mardi Allen, Sons Without Fathers: What Every Mother Needs to Know; and Joe Woods, Secrets of the Spiral Tower. Refreshments will be served.

    HanaLena also will have book signings in Nashville (October 2 at Parnassus Books at 6:30 p.m.), in St. Louis (September 12 at the Focal Point), in McComb (September 19 at the McComb Theater), in Charleston, Mississippi (September 20 at the Gateway Music Fest), in Starkville (October 24 at Book Mart at 3 p.m.), in Kosciusko (October 24 at Josephine's Gifts at 11 a.m.), in Rolling Fork (at the Great Delta Bear Affair), and again in Jackson (October 25 at Smokin' on the Rez).

    Annie Oeth will sign her book, Because I Said So! at Book Mart in Starkville on October 10, 3-5 p.m.