She’s known as Little Boogaloo.
And in her home area, the Mississippi Delta, just say her first name and
people will know. Eden Brent releases Jigsaw Heart (Yellow Dog
Personnel on this date are Colin Linden, guitars and mandolin on
“Panther Burn”; John Dymond, basses (except “Locomotive” and “Panther
Burn”); Gary Craig, drums (except “Locomotive” and “Panther Burn”); Dan
Dugmore, pedal steel guitar; Kenzie Wetz, fiddle; Chris Carmichael,
violin, viola and cello; Ann McCrary, background vocals; Regina McCrary,
background vocals and tambourine; Stephen Mackey, electric bass on
“Locomotive” and “Panther Burn”; and Bryan Owings, drums on “Locomotive”
and “Panther Burn.”
Brent’s boogie-woogie side comes out with the upbeat “Everybody Already
Knows.” She sings, “The rumor mill is grinding / whether we like it or
not.” It’s about an adulterous relationship that’s become the talk of
the town. Why bother trying to keep a secret that’s already out? The
musicians behind Brent are firmly in the groove, and her piano sizzles.
The title song is the story of a woman who mistakenly believed she could
fall in love and not get burned. Now, she’s asking her partner if he can
put the pieces back together. Dugmore’s pedal steel adding to the
A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Brent comes from a musical family.
Her deceased mother, Carole, was a songwriter. Sisters Jessica and
Bronwynne are recording artists, and their father, Howard, though he
doesn’t sing professionally, has been known to get on stage with his
voice and harmonica. Brent had a long association with fellow pianist,
Abie “Boogaloo” Ames, a much older man who became her mentor. Their
partnership ended with Ames’ death, but Brent retains the nickname,
Brent is a three-time Blues Music Award winner, earning the 2009
Acoustic Album of the Year for Mississippi Number One (Yellow
Dog) and Acoustic Artist of the Year, and 2010 Pinetop Perkins Piano
Player of the Year. Other releases include Something Cool,
Ain’t Got No Troubles and Party Dress, a collaboration
with her sisters.
Brent was considered a jazz musician early in her career. But as she
developed her own style, her repertoire grew to include blues, pop,
rock, folk, country – basically, whatever she feels in the moment.
Jigsaw Heart shows hints of all but the jazz and is her most
country-fueled album to date. She wrote five of the six original songs,
with Linden composing the finale, “Valentine.”