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: 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.