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: Ship Me Out

From Kendra: 

This song was originally recorded as part of an unreleased project that Zack did with Wayne Redden and Trevor Walker, so most of the legwork had been done on it going into production. This is one of Zack's solo songs, and I've always loved it and the energy it brings to a live set. It was so neat to get to include it in this project because my hands had been off of it for most of its life (except for playing it live). I get to enjoy this one both as a contributing artist AND a fan.

From Zack:

This song has been a staple of mine since I first wrote it. I really like the way it straddles the line between being a rock song and a folk song, and I dig the lyrics. One time, I recorded this onto a 45 in Jack White’s record booth at Third Man records—the very same one that Neil Young recorded “A Letter Home” in. This recording is MUCH better than that one…