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Producer Colin Linden has worked on sessions with Lucinda Williams,
Lindi Ortega, T Bone Burnett, Keb Mo, and Diana Krall and backed Bob
Dylan on stage, but he's never seen anyone quite like Eden Brent. The
acclaimed performer and producer exclaims, "Working with Eden is sort of
like going to the carnival because you never know exactly what you're
going to get, but you're going to have a really good time. I always feel
with Eden that she's giving the real genuine article; she's herself at
all times." As a result, there was never a moment in the studio when the
tape wasn't rolling. "I think Eden is one of the real greats," he adds.
Describing his recording approach, Linden observes, "She's such a
spontaneous artist and such a spontaneous person that for me, the really
important thing is getting her when the moment strikes her. The records
have a tremendous amount of drama just built into the circumstances but
there's also a sense of candid performance just capturing something as
it happens, as opposed to contriving a circumstance like a portrait.
It's more like a candid shot."
Following their field trip to New Orleans to record her 2010 album
'Ain't Got No Troubles,' the three-time Blues Music Award winner Brent
decided to mix in some Nashville flavor. "I trust Colin implicitly," she
says, continuing, "I sort of wanted for this project to involve some
folk or country instrumentation, and just see how maybe that could make
my sound a little different and make me grow a little."
Linden brought in players with whom he's long had a rapport and who
could hang with Eden, both musically and socially, giving the band
instant chemistry with her. He attests, "She's such a cool person to
hang out with. I wanted to just be able to bring other people who she
would enjoy hanging out with to the party and I think that you hear that
in the music. Part of what gives us the feeling that I think is
important on the record is that we're all in pretty close physical
proximity -- just a few feet away from one another. If the arrangement
changes, you can telegraph the other players by just looking over at
them. There’s kind of a freedom to be spontaneous."