The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs

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 blend of original music with deep roots in the past with a contemporary twist here and there.

The Bugs have played extensively throughout the Southeast, including performances on The Grey Eagle’s Patio Show Series, Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, and at Awendaw Green. They’re currently in the studio working on their second album, due out in 2020.

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.