The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs are a folk(ish)/Americana group hailing from Winston-Salem, NC. Comprised of Zack and Kendra Harding, and Ryan Packett, the band often collaborates with other musicians including Wayne Redden (Log Noggins), and Trevor Walker (Wintervals). Their influences range from Neil Young to Regina Spektor. Blending their unique musical sensibilities, the band seeks to craft an entertaining experience that has a little something for everyone.
Kendra Bragg Harding- vocals, guitar, mandolin, melodica
Kendra began playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager, and cites Jon Foreman and Regina Spektor as two of her biggest influences. She later joined choir and theatre programs at her high school and went on to pursue a bachelor's degree in music business from Gardner-Webb University and a master's degree in composition from the UNC School of the Arts.
Kendra believes in the power of music to bring hope, healing, and change and has served her community through AmeriCorps' ArtistCorps program and as a teaching artist for the Lullaby Project (an outreach program of Carnegie Hall). When she's not playing or writing music, she can be found making jewelry, playing video games, or hiking the mountains of North Carolina with her husband Zack and their dogs, Joni and Moon Moon.
Zack Harding- vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica
Zack hails from the mountains of Western North Carolina, began playing music as a teenager, and has played in a variety of bands since. He's spent countless hours learning instruments, and is a master of switching things up during performance. His influences range from Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, to books he loves, to his personal adventures across the globe.
He also has experience in musical theatre, and worked with Anam Cara Theatre in Asheville, NC from 2013-2014. Zack performed in the Goblin Market musical, acted and performed in the Rope Burn production, and performed in their adaptation of The Baltimore Waltz.
Zack is a writer of everything from speculative fiction to non-fiction, with which he often fills his free time. He's also an avid gamer and lover of the outdoors and of dogs. Especially dogs.
Ryan Packett- vocals, guitar, banjo
(Bio coming soon!)