Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Pianist and singer Brent takes her gritty boogie sound downriver from her hometown of Greenville, Miss., to New Orleans on her second recording for Yellow Dog Records. Teeming with a broad range of Crescent City flavors,Ain't Got No Troubles teams Brent with producer/guitarist Colin Linden, electric bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Bryan Owings on a dozen tracks, eight of which are her originals. The title track evokes a carefree Delta lifestyle and unfolds nice and lazily, like a typical New Orleans afternoon. Brent strips down to the basics on "Blues All Over," then tears into a rip-roaring "Let's Boogie Woogie" that brings Jerry Lee Lewis to mind. A syncopated rumba beat drives "In Love With Your Wallet," while the Memphis soul song "Leave Me Alone" features a horn section, thick slide guitar and Jon Cleary's lowdown organ grooves. This year, the Blues Foundation presented Brent with a Blues Music Award for Pinetop Perkins Player of the Year - this CD clearly shows how much she deserves the honor." -Downbeat
Living Blues (p.46) - "Delbert McClinton's 'Right to Be Wrong' is a jubilant root-R&B/blues barnburner, and Brent digs into it with gutsy elan."
Personnel: Eden Brent (vocals, piano); Colin Linden (guitar); Emile Hall (alto saxophone); Tracy Griffin (trumpet); Jeff Albert (trombone); Jon Cleary (Hammond b-3 organ); George Porter, Jr. (electric bass); Bryan Owings (drums).
Audio Mixer: Colin Linden.
Recording information: Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Photographer: Julia Bailey.
Eden Brent hails from Greenville, MS, a place steeped in the Delta blues, but she's only 300 miles from New Orleans, and it's that city's carefree rhythms and happy-go-lucky attitude that informs the music on Brent's second album. Brent is a piano player with an impressive groove anchored by a strong rhythmic left hand and a playful way with the high end of the keyboard. Her vocals are just as strong, with a smoky, sultry feel that often brings to mind Janis Joplin, but a mellower Joplin who doesn't have to strain for the high notes or growl to get her point across. She's also a first-class songwriter, using the blues as a jumping-off place for her ironic musings on the familiar subjects of good times and no-good men. She cut this album in New Orleans and is joined by some remarkable players, including ex-Meter George Porter on bass, producer Colin Linden on guitar, and ace Americana drummer Bryan Owings. Together they romp through a varied program that includes "Someone to Love," a funky you-done-me-wrong rhumba driven by Brent's rolling New Orleans piano and a vocal that dismisses her ex with an offhand elegance; Colin Linden's "Later Than You Think," given a jazzy ragtime treatment with Brent's earthy left hand and Linden's guitar trading solos before she takes off on her own mellow excursion; "If I Can't," a throwback to the '20s played by Brent and Linden with a funky, ragged charm; and a rousing juke-joint take on her own "Let's Boogie-Woogie," a showcase for her impressive piano skills. ~ j. poet