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.
Targeted Age Group:: 13+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
We have been collecting stories for over fourteen years of living as a traveling musician. Our publisher, James Dickerson, 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.
Deep Fried Oreos
Cleek Farms, Kingsport, Tennessee
Host of annual Cleek Farm Corn Maze
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (sift for best results)
8 cups vegetable oil for frying
Mix first 6 ingredients. Heat oil. A deep fryer works great, but you don’t have to use one. Dip the Oreo in the batter, place in fryer until golden brown. Remove, cool slightly, and apply sifted powdered sugar. This is a simple funnel cake mix.
About the Author:
Hannah and Caroline Melby are the front persons of a very popular Nashville-based country music touring band HanaLena. The sisters recently released their book Recipes and Road Stories: From Life on the Road with Sisters Hannah and Caroline Melby of the duo HanaLena, a collection of stories and recipes from their years traveling together as musicians.