Based in Boston, The Brightwings consist of three singer/songwriters: Matt Rafal, Dave Dombroski and Dan Holden. Jayme Tardiff rounds out the line-up on drums. Their name is taken from an episode of the television show "The Wonder Years," which was set in the late 60's and early 70's. The Brightwings are influenced by that same era, hinting at the honest and simple sounds of The Eagles, CSNY, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band incorporates this nostalgic vibe into their songwriting, creating modern songs with a classic rock feel. Three part vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars and heartfelt lyrics are all key elements of the Brightwings sound
The Brightwings' songs can be heard on various television shows, including NBC's "Medium", The CW's "Life Is Wild", MTV's 'The Real World / Road Rules Challenge' and 'The Real World Denver', as well as the E! Network's "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"
In the past three years, The Brightwings have performed several hundred live shows, sharing the stage with Matt Nathanson, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Nada Surf, The Alternate Routes, Ingram Hill, Grace Potter, Tim Reynolds, Chad Perrone and Braddigan of Dispatch
Quotes about The Brightwings' "Stay"
"Layered harmonies drive infectious chorus melodies over guitars and piano...the evenhanded sincerity of the songwriting adds a vital element that separates the group from other acoustic acts." - Travis Smith, The Boston Metr
"With acoustic guitars blazing and lush three-part harmonies, "Stay" emerges as a timeless statement. " - Tom Semioli, Minor7th.co
"Anyone who has ever liked bands like the Eagles or CSNY is going to find something they like about the Brightwings. Every song is catchy." (4 out of 5 stars) - Mike Farley, Bullz-Eye.co
"The harmony vocals are as professional as anything done by The Eagles." - Kaj Roth, Melodic.net