What inspired you to write your memoir?
This book is a compilation of short stories we have collected over the many years of traveling as musicians. We took these unique stories, and paired recipes with them. The recipes come from people we have encountered on the road, certain food items that have been served from us on the road, and then just some of our favorite family recipes. Some of the stories are a little sad, some are exciting and adventurous, and others are simply hard to believe!
About your Book:
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.
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 Showdown in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville—and took home a check for a cool $100,000 presented by country music star LeAnn Rimes.
Do they ever have some great stories to tell about coming of age on the concert trail! Recipes and Road Stories 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.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Our publisher, James Dickerson at Sartoris Literary Group, approached us one day with the idea of taking some of these stories and pairing them with delicious recipes and printing it for others to take part in. We immediately loved the idea and began recollecting as many stories as we could. We let him handle all of the publishing decisions.
Hannah and Caroline Melby are a touring sister duo in the band HanaLena, which is based in Nashville, TN. They published their first book ‘Recipes and Road Stories: From Life on the Road with Sisters Hannah and Caroline Melby of the duo HanaLena’ in September 2014