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: Joni Girl

From Kendra:

This song. This song is probably the best thing I’ve ever been a part of. Not because I got to play melodica on it, but because I got to play a love song for a dog. This one speaks for itself (featuring some special BGVs from the Joni in question). I have nothing else to say, but here’s a picture of the muse herself.

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From Zack:

I always introduce this as "the best love song I've ever written, and it's written for a dog!" Our black lab Joni holds a special place in my heart, as she has bonded with me closer than any other dog I've ever had, and I've had dogs my entire life. She loves to hike, and whenever you mention the word, she'll start yipping and jumping in excitement. I knew that'd be the perfect intro and outro to this song.

The main riff and melody is about as dogish as they come, and quite the earworm as well. People seem to like this song a lot, and it's always a fun part of our set. Plus, I get to see Kendra play melodica!