The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs

The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs are a folk(ish)/Americana group hailing from Winston-Salem, NC. Formed in 2015, the band is comprised of Zack and Kendra Harding, and Ryan Packett. The band is often joined by 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 Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs seek to craft an entertaining experience that has a little something for everyone.

Their inaugural album will be released in the fall of 2018.

Song-by-Song: Swim

From Kendra: 

“Swim” holds a lot of special meaning for me personally, and I'm glad to get to share this version of it with you guys! This is another co-write, and draws a lot of inspiration from a really dark time, though you might not guess that from the upbeat vibe of the music. For me, this song is about facing challenges, and persevering through them even when that seems impossible. This song is a testament to the power we have to overcome.

From Zack:

This is a great example of a song that I’d have never written on my own. I love Kendra’s melodic vocal choices, and the way the song is built around a major 7 chord. Ryan’s modal backing licks are killer and completely unlike what I’d have come up with. The punchy bass line is provided by our good buddy Trevor Walker, and it’s rhythm propels the track in a way that the solo acoustic version never achieves. Everyone made this track better by doing things that I’d have never thought of, and I’m thankful for that.