Mississippi Blues Pianist Eden Brent's First Album In Nearly A Decade, Getaway Blues

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Thursday, June 20, 2024

“Well let’s make a record while we’re there,” thought Delta born-and-raised singer and pianist Eden Brent, while planning a trip to a party in London. Brent’s husband, British trombonist and bassist, Bob Dowell, then called on two of his finest studio musician friends to accompany Eden on what would become Getaway Blues.

Out tomorrow on Yellow Dog Records, Getaway Blues continues Eden’s lifelong devotion to the Blues with a collection of originals that play to her many strengths: driving blues, double-entendre, and riffing piano, balanced by introspective ballads such as the heart-on-sleeve triumph “You on My Mind,” sung with the natural phrasing of a true Southerner. Produced and co-written by Dowell, Getaway Blues symbolizes the musical union that Eden and Bob have created.

Getaway Blues continues the success that has earned Brent a loyal following plus awards and accolades galore, including three Blues Music Award wins, a prestigious Mississippi Arts Commission Folk Arts Fellowship, winner of the International Blues Challenge, a featured performer on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and a million streams for her classic-in-the-making original, “Better This Way.”

Fans can pre-order Getaway Blues ahead of tomorrow’s release at this link and be sure to keep an ear out for “Getaway Blues” on B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM (Channel 75).  

Behind The Recording Of Getaway Blues: The recording facility that Brent and Dowell found for the project, Fish Factory Studio, was suitably funky and led to some of the quickest tracking Eden has ever done. “They say cleanliness is next to Godliness,” says Eden. “And I’m no saint! Most of the studios that I’ve felt comfortable in were like Piety Street in New Orleans [where she made Ain’t Got No Troubles]. Real lived in. That’s the way this place was. It used to be a fish factory! It felt real cozy…We knocked it out in two days!”

Back in the States, Grammy-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang gave the record a Memphis mix, one as down to earth as the sessions. “We did something that you can easily take on the road,” says Eden with pride. “What you hear is what you’re gonna get.”