Melby sisters lend voices to Civil War CD

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – The stories of the Civil War are coming to life on a new album, and two Starkville musicians are giving a voice to those stories.
Caroline and Hannah Melby of the bluegrass band Nash Street sang on a track on “The 1861 Project,” a CD full of new songs inspired by the Civil War. Also featured on the album are country and bluegrass heavy hitters like Marty Stuart and John Anderson.
“We are really excited just to be on the same record with them. I mean, those are our idols,” Caroline Melby said.
The sisters became involved in the project when they met the album’s producers at Memphis’ Folk Alliance convention. The pair sing “The South’s on Fire,” about Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s march through Georgia.
“They said they heard us and immediately thought of this song,” Melby said. “It worked great, with the harmonies. It’s one of my favorites (on the album).”
“The 1861 Project” will be released Tuesday, and can be purchased on the project’s website or at Nash Street shows. The producers of “The 1861 Project” hope to make this album the first in a series that will continue for the next four years.
Speaking of Nash Street, things are going well for the group. The Melby sisters have been working out of Nashville for the last year, learning more about both their craft and the music business.
“We’re working on new music. Hannah and I just finished a song we really like, and it brings us back to Mississippi, because it’s called ‘Kiss Me In Mississippi,’” Melby said. “We’re working on these new songs and playing around Nashville.”

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