The seeds of Eden Brent's 'Jigsaw Heart' were planted decades ago. Country music great Hank Cochran, who grew up in neighboring Isola, MS had fans in the Mississippi Delta of his home, including her parents. Brent says, "In the mid-sixties, Daddy and Mama went to Nashville to record a demo, and Hank met with them and listened to a couple of Mama's songs."
The themes of Cochran's music provided a roadmap for Brent's own music.
Of his hit "I Fall To Pieces" and her original song "Jigsaw Heart,' she
says, "'The two songs share a common theme so it was natural for me to
record the album in Nashville. I liked the title 'Jigsaw Heart' because
the two words are contradictory and when thrown together evoke a very
visual image, exactly the kind of image that country music and the
Nashville sound express so perfectly." Brent recorded her new Americana
masterpiece 'Jigsaw Heart' at Ben Fold's Ben's Studio, which was
originally constructed in 1964 as RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios.
The studio has also hosted recording sessions by Chet Atkins, Waylon
Jennings, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, George Strait, and The Beach Boys,
among many others.
Fellow Mississippian Tommy Polk contributed the slow-burning "Tendin' To
A Broken Heart" and he has written for country and blues starts alike,
from Martina McBride and Crystal Gayle to Irma Thomas and Bobby "Blue"
Bland. Brent sees a connection between the genres, saying, "I've always
loved the honesty that blues music and country music share, that pure
raw emotion that both so easily communicate. Everyone understands the
message. It's music for everybody no matter what side of town they live
on or what kind of job they have or where they did or didn't go to
school. That kind of music came from my home in Mississippi, and
Nashville made it famous."