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Eden Brent

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A Little Boogalography!

Eden Brent’s piano playing and singing style ranges from a melancholic whisper to a full-blown juke joint holler. She’s simultaneously confident and confiding, ably blending an earthy meld of jazz, blues, soul, and pop as she huskily invites listeners into her lazy, lush world.

That world lies just north of Greenville, Mississippi on the two-lane Highway 1, which follows the twists and turns of the river through fecund swampland, time-forgotten plantations, and blink-and you’ll-miss-‘em communities like Rosedale, Benoit, Wayside, and Grace before it dead ends into Highway 61 at Onward.

It was there that Brent was able to develop her gutsy vocal-and piano chops via family sing-a-longs and a 16-year apprenticeship with the late blues pioneer Boogaloo Ames, who ultimately dubbed his protégé “Little Boogaloo.”

“Music school taught me to think, but Boogaloo taught me to boogie-woogie,” says Brent, who appeared alongside her mentor in the 1999 PBS documentary Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound and in the 2002 South African production Forty Days in the Delta.

Where most 21st century roots musicians merely emulate their heroes, Brent and Ames were both “soul mate and road buddies,” says lifelong friend (and acclaimed journalist) Julia Reed. “She was a young white woman of privilege and he was an aging black man in the Mississippi Delta, but theirs is a phenomenal story of mutual admiration and need.”

Yet much more than the blues flows through Brent’s talented hands: Critics laud her “Bessie Smith meets Diana Krall meets Janis Joplin” attitude, compare her to jazz/pop dynamos Norah Jones and Sarah Vaughan

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  • luckystoned

    boogie woogie girl ^^

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • leinadrebuh

    Please? Dear Eden, wanna mary meeeeLOLLOVE for sure...!

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • obodinaira

    Чуть хрипловатый проникновенный голос, восхитительная смесь джаза и блюза!

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • obodinaira

    Я просто обожаю эту певицу!Ч

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Shalako1st

    It's been a couple of decades since I did it but you could drive down highway 1 and over on 61 and just about every company town would have a juke joint where you could find more Eden Brents. You could lose yourself in the music then and I wouldn't be surprised if, here and there, you still can.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • shockthousand

    keep recording!

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • leethal357

    Ya Gotta Love This Gal! Two Fisted Piano Playing and a Whiskey Smooth Voice, all wrapped up in one Beautiful Package!

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • santicasukha

    Hard to believe so few people have listened to Eden's music. They don't know what they are missing!

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • elizabetc

    Good music and gorgeous hair. What could be better?

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Saveall

    Amazingly talented. "Ain't Got No Troubles" is one of the best of year in any genre.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • weronikulus

    yeah datttttt

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
  • RobertaCrack

    Vote for Eden in the national blues awards.. 4 nominations! http://www.blues.org/bluesmusicawards/vote.php4

    14 Jan 2009 Reply