Summer 2016

Nashville-based country/Bluegrass duo HanaLena (Caroline and Hannah Melby of Starkville) photographed in Nashville by Bill Steber in February 2016

Nashville-based country/Bluegrass duo HanaLena (Caroline and Hannah Melby of Starkville) photographed in Nashville by Bill Steber in Feb. 2016


Siren Song
Nashville has been luring musicmakers to her stages and studios for decades; we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Golden Triangle exports for an insider’s take on the Music City

Contemporary Comfort
Kazie and David Richardson’s 1936 Bauhaus abode combines a mutual love for mid-century decor and an eye for design in a Columbus riverfront neighborhood

Call of Duty
West Point city administrator Randy Jones gives us the Bird’s eye account of the battle that inspired the blockbuster movie, “Black Hawk Down,” from the cockpit of his AH-6

Color on the Block
There’s color and beauty on every block this summer in downtown Columbus — just take a look

Deep Fried
The oil is hot and the river cats are jumping; grab your plate, it’s time for an old-fashioned fish fry with seasoned experts Bob Caldwell and Benny Kyle

From the Publisher
The Road to Nashville — A look behind the scenes of this issue’s cover story


From the Editor

Local Blend — Good things to know and good stuff to buy

The Avid Reader Five books from Columbus dad-teacher-coach-actor-avid reader Daniel Talley’s library

The SpotLight — Local gadfly G. E. Light’s take on music and art in the Triangle

One Question — A little self-indulgence is good for you … what is your greatest extravagance?

3 Inspired People — Forging new paths and helping others achieve their dreams, Rita Usher, Frances Jutman and Dennis “Cookie” Bailey lay the foundation for community success

Artist’s Pick — Painter Lee Gibson chooses her most prized work

Into the Woods — The sweet scent of healing … Community herbalist Lindsay Wilson spotlights the comely rose

Bartender’s Choice — Tess Williams is concocting tasty combo-brews at the Beer Garden at Hotel Chester in Starkville

Personal Space — Rodeo queen Mary Jane Carpenter has hung up her spurs … and belt buckles, saddles and everything in between on the walls of her West Point home

Food for the Soul — Summertime in the South … the sun in blazing, the bees are buzzing and homemade ice cream is a crowd-pleasing treat

Nature Walk — A trailside chat with entomologist and artist Joe MacGown in the backwoods of Oktibbeha County

Seven Things — Seven things that tell the story of your life? MSU professor of psychology Tom Carskadon shares his list

Homegrown — Blue Delta is making a name for itself among jean devotees across the U.S.

Seems to Me — Desirée Wilson shares a peaceful point of view from her kitchen window in Steens

A Letter Home — From Starkville Cinema 12 to the big screen, actor Shane McRae says a fond hello from his New York home

Social Call — A look at who’s been out and about in the Golden Triangle and beyond

Restaurant Guide

Parting Shot