Band of the Day

2013.06.10

Little Brave

Brutally honest tales set amidst rich alt-folk instrumentation from a one-woman band
You made a ghost out of skin of me, but you didn't mean it.
lyrics from You Didn't Mean It

Little Brave, the moniker of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Stephanie Macias, is one of the brightest stars emerging from the Austin music scene. Born and raised in El Campo, Texas, Macias studied clarinet and honed her chops on backup vocals, guitar, tambourine and bass before beginning her solo endeavors.

In 2005, she formed her own project under the name Stephanie Briggs, recording and co- producing the next two albums with Pat Manske (Natalie Maines, Roger Creager, Ray Wylie Hubbard). Her debut album, Spark (2006), showcases her pop, folk and acoustic sensibilities, as well as her lyrical prowess, prompting CD Review By You to say, “Crooning above the instrumentation of the album, are Stephanie’s poetics.”

Macias’ 2008 album Birds Barely Know Us saw more Americana compositions while staying true to her raw, alternative sound, harkening back to Tori Amos and Suzanne Vega. Its acclaim led to live shows supporting artists such as Wade Bowen, Randy Rodgers and Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed. Macias co-wrote several songs on Cross Canadian Ragweed's Happiness And All The Other Things in addition to designing its album cover, which earned her the 2010 Lonestar Music Awards Best Album Art.

In 2011 she donned the name Little Brave to release Wound & Will. The CD release was an all- out spectacle called "Wound & Will: The Musical," and being called the Best Show of 2011 in the San Antonio Current. Following the release, the Current’s music editor called Macias “a top- notch all-around artist the regional music scene should be proud of."

Wound & Will received critical acclaim including Best Regional Album of 2011 in the San Antonio Current and SATXMusic.com blog, as well as Best Songs of 2011 for "It's Coming Out Tonight" in Texas Music Scene. Little Brave, a Best New Act of 2011 according to Indie Sounds, went on to be a featured artist on the nationally televised documentary series Troubadour, TX, which helped to endear her to audiences outside of South Texas region.

Little Brave was a Sonicbids artist of the week in August of 2011 and a featured “Lone Star Sure Shot” artist in the September/October issue of Origin magazine. In 2012, Little Brave was also a finalist in the Band of the Year 2012 Formula 1 (Austin) competition.

Her latest recording, the brutally honest, hard-rocking EP WILD (2012), was produced by Matt Noveskey (Blue October) and is full of versatile indie rock sounds that defy categorization. Throughout each recording, as on this one, Little Brave’s unique vocals and evocotive lyrics have established her as one of the most disinguishable acts on the Austin scene.

In 2012 she was a guest a Daytrotter, who called Little Brave's music “intense,” “emotional, and “naked.” In 2013 Little Brave was selected to play The Outlaw Roadshow (a musical showcase created and hosted by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and Ryan Spaulding of Ryan's Smashing Life) and The Nekkid Armadilla Extravaganza during SXSW 2013. Equally comfortable alone with a ukulele or backed by a full band, Little Brave has shared the stage with Shawn Mullins, Heartless Bastards, Bob Schneider, Suzanna Choffel, Quiet Company, Rubblebucket, Churchill and more. She is currently writing material for her next release and performing nationally as a one-woman band.