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: Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs

From Zack: 

I started writing this on the campus of UNCSA as Kendra and I were waiting to play music with Ryan for the first time. I think that's pretty fitting, as Ryan ended up being a great fit for our band and a great friend. It seems like fate that our self-titled song for our self-titled album was written on the first day that the official members of the band jammed together. Musically, this song seems to go over really well live, and I always look forward to playing. The moments of silence before I first say "I see..." in the beginning is always like a calm before the storm.


From Kendra: 

This is one disagreement I can fully admit I was wrong on. When Zack first said that he wanted to use our band name in a song, I cringed a little inside. It sounded like it would come off corny. But Zack forged ahead anyway, despite my protestations. He played "Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs" for me after he finished writing it and I loved it. We started playing it out, and it grew on me more as time went on. When it came time to record this album, I knew it had to be our opening track. It's a folky-as-heck tribute to the long drive that founded our friendship, romance, marriage, and band. And I'm so glad Zack had the good sense to ignore me on this one. ;)

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