Inspired by the original Delta Blues masters, Lady Valiant was formed in Georgia, United States in 2015.
Relocating to Port Douglas Queensland in 2016, the dual force behind Lady Valiant, Glenna Lynes a South Carolina native and Marty Brown from country Victoria, create a 'less is more' Blues and Folk soundscape that lacks for nothing with its minimalistic approach. Using a solid foundation of chunky stompbox (with the occasional drummer) driving dirty slide guitar and raw soulful vocals Lady Valiant bring an authentic sound to the stage with raw power and originality.
No strangers to hard work, the past two years in Lady Valiant land have included two trips to the Deep South and Delta region of the United States, over 300 gigs, support for acts such as Ash Grunwald & Tijuana Cartel, multiple festivals across Australia and also a debut album released on Boxing Day 2018 featuring songs written about their travels and experiences on the road throughout the States.
Inspired by the vast cotton fields and people of Mississippi, moonshine and summer childhoods wandering through the bush, Lady Valiant's music speaks to another time and place.
From stories of the legendary Robert Johnson's crossroads, to the Gospel Churches of West Memphis, Lady Valiant have found inspiration everywhere. With their music reflecting this they uniquely blend elements of Soul, Blues and Folk to create a fun, funky and dirty sound.
Being born in the Deep South of The United States and having a skilled blues harmonica playing father will always have an effect on a young child. Glenna was no exception, growing up in South Carolina and Georgia she had blues music in her blood and was surrounded by regular extended music sessions regularly. It’s the Southern way. Raised on a healthy diet of 50’s 60’s and 70’s rock and blues classic hits, Glenna grew up a natural performer. After stints on piano, fiddle and oboe it became obvious to everyone including herself that she had carried her number one instrument with her the whole time, her voice. Smashing today's auto-tuned, pop/R&B stereotypical sounds with her vocal sledge hammer, Glenna’s voice is rooted deeply in soul, guts and pure conviction. When the singing starts, the Lady Valiant front womans voice commands attention. Just as her idols before her, such as Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, Janis Joplin and Big Mama Thornton, Glenna’s performances are not easily forgotten .
Marty was given his first guitar by his grandmother at the age of 12. A “beaten down old classical nylon string beast with a string action you could push a slice of bread through”. Nevertheless, this one gift was enough to change the world as he knew it. From that moment on, practice sessions with a locked bedroom door was a daily occurrence through his teenage years. An avid hard rock fan, Marty quickly moved to electric guitar and unleashed through the power of amplifiers but as the years progressed found himself being drawn back to acoustic guitars, in particular fingerstyle playing and experimenting heavily with alternate and open tunings. Growing up in the tiny regional Victorian town of Yackandandah, in a household which almost always had either a cassette, record or CD playing, Marty found his influences were plentiful. It wasn’t until later moving to Far North Queensland that he would co-found another folk band with friends and make music his profession. After spending time living in the Deep Southern region of the USA Marty rediscovered the blues and has since made dirty slide guitar a part of the Lady Valiant soundscape.