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: Miles Will Make Me

From Kendra:

This is one of our older cowrites, so recording it was an opportunity to breathe some new life into it. It's a song all about having a love for adventure, but also a need for a place to call home. I'm thrilled with the production on this one, and love how it builds instrumentally into the more fully-orchestrated pieces in the middle of the album.

From Zack:

I tend to play guitar with a pick more often than not, but find that my playing can be wildly different when using my fingers alone. Miles will make me is a good example of that. I like the neat little melody I’ve got going on in this song, but I like the slapping and popping I do even more. It’s a chance to take some rhythms I have from my bass playing experience and apply them to a folksy acoustic sound, and I dig it. I really enjoy playing this one live, and I’m glad it made the cut.

Also, Trevor’s bass solo, though. I mean, come on. A BASS SOLO on an folky acoustic track. I love it.