Whether booked as a solo artist or bandleader, Eden's performance is fresh and spontaneous, often filled with audience requests and participation. She appears at festivals, concerts and clubs and organizes workshops and educational performances for virtually every age and proficiency level.
Mississippi Number One, the new album on Yellow Dog Records, features tributes to her Mississippi Delta home including the title track, "Mississippi Number One," "Mississippi Flatland Blues," "Darkness on the Delta" and "Fried Chicken."
Her unshakable talent and her carefree demeanor have taken her across the country and around the world. Here's what some reviewers have said about her.
"Eden Brent's boogie piano mixed with the whiskey-smoke of her voice is a vice to savor & in her huge playing and singing you can hear the ghosts of Mississippi in duet with the future of the blues." - Chip Eagle, publisher of Blues Revue
"Brent's forte is a combustible combination of boogie-woogie piano stylings and an effectively raspy vocal delivery." -The Edmonton Journal, Alberta, Canada
"Throughout her soulful excursions and slow burners, Brent was spectacular." -The Edmonton Sun, Alberta, Canada
"This is one voice that should be around the Blues world for years to come." - BluesWax
"A petite woman with an astonishing voice" - American Heritage Magazine
"Brent banged out the blues on a piano in the corner and got a standing ovation." -The Commercial Appeal
"A consummate Blues artist"- Delta Democrat Times
"Her whiskey-soaked voice, her solid piano made her a winner." - Fruteland Jackson, blues musician
"Brent...takes her piano and voice for a classy, century-spanning stroll." - The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee
"Brent's voice is phenomenal and her skills as a pianist are undeniable." - BlueSpeak, Memphis, Tennessee
"The blue voice that sees everything& she can find her way blindfolded through a piano." - Amuzine , South Africa
"She...courageously takes on the blues without breaking a sweat. " - ZA@Play, South Africa
"As Little Boogaloo talks, she sounds like a milk-cow walking on gravel. As she sings, she sounds like an angel on Viagra." - Die Burger, Cape, South Africa
"...a white girl who plays the blues. She's amazing." - Cassandra Wilson, jazz vocalist
"phenomenal blues pianist" -The Commercial Appeal
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SOUL-ED OUT AT THE PARK: BLUES FEST LINEUP TAKES CROWD ON A MUSICAL TOUR
Sunday, August 27, 2006
BY JEREMY LOOME
Greenville, Mississippi, native Eden Brent, looking lovely in a red dinner dress, seemed tiny as she perched behind her piano. Her lungs begged to differ, blasting out a stream of Dinah Washington-inspired harmony and old school boogie woogies.
Throughout her soulful excursions and slow burners, Brent was spectacular, sipping beers and chatting with the crowd between songs as she proceeded to single-handedly fill the dancefloor and bring a sense of sincere regret to the dufuses who showed up late.
She managed to pull off all the energy of one of Marcia Ball's shows, but without the supporting band.
The crowd gave her a lengthy standing ovation, and one can only wonder how they'd have reacted to Brent as an opening act if she did have a four-piece behind her. Mass panic, maybe.
Yeah, she was that good.
Edmonton Journal ©Copyright 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
BY PETER NORTH
The day began with young Mississippi queen Eden Brent. A solo pianist and vocalist who on instant approval from the crowd, Brent's forte is a combustible combination of boogie-woogie piano stylings and an effectively raspy vocal delivery.
It's about dynamics, and that was the key ingredient in a set that earned her a partial standing ovation after she managed to slide from the "root of it all" via Bessie Smith through standards to interesting contemporary covers.
Taking a slightly dampened Janis Joplin approach wit inflections and nuances, Brent also set up call-an-answer routines with the eager crowd as she saluted Ray Charles with What'd I Say early on and belted our Z. Z. Hill's Down Home Blues toward the end of the set.
The biggest surprise came when she laid down her own slow-cooker arrangement to The Eagles hit Take it to the Limit and put Don Henley in the company of Percy Mayfield. There's a first for this festival.
Commercial Appeal ©Copyright 2006
Blues for the People
January 30, 2006
BY YOLANDA JONES
Under rainy skies Saturday afternoon, Eden Brent won the solo/duo finals at the Center for Southern Folklore.
Her voice was a cross between Dinah Washington and Janis Joplin. This, combined with her unflappable attitude that the show must go on even though the keyboard died the minute she got on stage, was enough for the Greenville, Miss., native to outperform six other acts.
To a standing-room crowd, Brent banged out the blues on a piano in the corner and got a standing ovation. "It was a combination of her whiskey-soaked voice, her solid piano playing and the fact that she didn't whine when there was a problem made her a winner for all of us," said noted blues musician Fruteland Jackson, one of the judges. "She got the job done. She was a trouper."