Kendra and Zack Harding form The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, a folk(ish)/Americana group hailing from Winston-Salem, NC. The band made its debut in 2015, shortly after the two tied the knot in an old chapel in the heart of the Piedmont.
Combining their unique backgrounds that range from classic rock to classical guitar, they create a unique blend of original music with deep roots in the past, just with a contemporary twist here and there.
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 was hooked from there on out. She thought of herself as a solo act until she met Zack on a snowy night in 2014, when she started thinking a duo might not be so bad, either.
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.