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: You're the One for Me

From Kendra:

This was another one that was mostly done when we started recording the album. Zack, Wayne, and Trevor had begun the process previously for another project and we decided to pull it into what we were doing.

It has such a big, open sound that captures the essence of what the song is about: how love is one big adventure. Getting to write some harmonies to add into this was a ton of fun, and has continued to be a fun thing to do during our live shows. I couldn’t be happier with how this one turned out.

From Zack:

I wrote this one on the campus of UNCSA in Winston Salem. Kendra and I had just gotten engaged, and I was waiting for her to get out of class. I got the mandolin out of my car, sat a folding chair on the grass and wrote. People walked by and gave me a lot of funny looks, but I got a fantastic song out of it.

I had went dirt biking in the Pisgah National Forest the weekend before, and that inspired some of the lyrics. I literally scared a black bear out of my way, and accidentally ran over a MONSTER of a rattle snake on that trip. I once crossed a flooding river on the way to Big Bradly Falls in Saluda North Carolina. I dirt biked through the jungles of Cambodia, climbed up to the peaks of the Appalachia, and have seen 10,000+ sunsets in my lifetime. None of these were as powerful as the love I felt for Kendra.

I was deeply in love when I wrote this tune, and it shows. Still am, too.