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Jigsaw Heart

by Eden Brent

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Take Eden Brent to a Nashville studio and you still hear the Mississippi Delta. Recording in the historic RCA Studio A with producer/guitarist extraordinaire Colin Linden, the blues-piano songstress stretched her musical legs, ambling into soulful Americana territory. But by reaching back to Mississippi — recalling memories, old friends and all she learned from her piano mentor Boogaloo Ames — she has made her deepest, most reflective album yet.

Ames would be proud of the three-time Blues Music Award winner and her piano work on Jigsaw Heart, which takes root in the blues and flowers outward. Notoriously eclectic himself when it came to song choices, Boogaloo surely would be pleased by the breadth of styles on her new album, starting with track one, Better This Way. This original, with its achingly slow tempo and seductive fusion of blues, gospel and Nashville Sound strings, would surely have started Ray Charles to rocking left and right.

There are other heartbroken concessions to lost love here: the soul-stirring title track and The Last Time, a wistful tune with an intoxicating melody that again might earn Eden comparisons to Norah Jones. But this album is no downbeat trip. Everybody Already Knows is pure roadhouse boogie-woogie. Locomotive speeds along with a train-track beat. Opportunity is a funky electric-piano tribute to Joan Armatrading (Nina Simone and Toni Price also receive shout-outs with well-chosen cover songs).

Throughout Jigsaw Heart, we find evidence of an album born in Music City. The musicianship and arrangements are outstanding and exquisite vocals share space with sweeping strings. Blues, gospel, soul, country and R&B merge in a melting pot of sound. This is an album forged in Nashville, but it couldn’t have been made without materials collected in Mississippi and all along Eden’s journey in life and music.

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released May 6, 2014

Produced by Colin Linden

Recorded by Colin Linden and Leslie Richter at Ben's Studio, Nashville
Mixed by Colin Linden at Pinhead Recorders, Nashville
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York

Strings arranged, performed and recorded by Chris Carmichael at Stonehurst Studio, Bowling Green, KY

Graphic Design by Brooke Barnett
Eden Brent "Blues @ Home" cover image by H.C. Porter

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Described by one critic as "Bessie Smith meets Diana Krall meets Janis Joplin," 2009's Blues Music Award winner of both "Acoustic Artist of the Year" and "Acoustic Album of the Year" is a masterful blues & boogie pianist and vocal stylist who combines elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. ... more

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Track Name: Better This Way
I must confess it wasn’t my best
But baby, you know that I tried
I won’t lament the years that we spent
There’s no use in weeping and crying

We’ve run out of time I’ve made up my mind
Don’t try to beg me to stay
Leaving today hurts me to say
It’s better, it’s better this way

Better this way than keep saying sorry
Better this way than keep hanging on
Better this way then someday my darling
We’ll be okay, it’s better this way

We can’t pretend this isn’t the end
It ended a long time ago
Let’s raise a glass, toast to the past
And all of the joy that we’ve known

See you around it’s a small town
And you’ll be with somebody new
Politely we’ll smile knowing the while
Oh that baby, I’m still loving you

Better this way than keep saying sorry
Better this way than keep hanging on
Better this way and then someday my darling
We’ll both be okay, it’s better this way
We’ll be okay, it’s better this way
We’ll not regret ‘cause it’s better this way
Track Name: Everybody Already Knows
Everybody’s talking
The news is all over town
So it ain’t no big secret
That you and me is messing around
We can try to be a bit more discreet
But it’s clear just what you’re doing to me
We ain’t got to tell nobody they already know

They already know (3x)
Everybody already knows
They already know (2x)
We can shout it out loud
To every single crowd
‘Cause everybody already knows

The rumor mill is grinding
Whether we like it or not
And now that it’s grinding
Ain’t no rumor going to make me stop
We can try to slow what we started
To save the soon broken hearted
But we ain’t got to tell nobody
They already know

They already know (3x)
Everybody already knows
They already know (2x)
Call it an affair
Don’t nobody care
Everybody already knows

We can’t cool it Papa
The fire’s burning way too hot
And when we are together
I’m digging everything you’ve got
How can something so good be wrong?
I don’t believe it’s possible
We ain’t got to tell nobody
They already know

They already know (3x)
Everybody already knows
They already know (2x)
They can see it plain as day
All over my face
Everybody already knows
Shout it out loud
To every single crowd
Everybody already knows
You can call it an affair
Don’t nobody care
‘Cause everybody already knows
Everybody already knows
Track Name: Jigsaw Heart
It didn’t take long for you
To be my cowboy angel
And not a stranger
How’d the tables get turned?

I must have been trying to fool us both into believing
Always self-deceiving
That I can’t get burned

Have you got what it takes to un-break my heart?
Can you gather up the scattered pieces when I fall apart?
And put them back together in order
Like they were from the start?
Jigsaw puzzle
Puzzle of a jigsaw heart

I guess I thought that falling in love was my claim to fame
It ain’t enough blame
To go around

Even with the misplaced pieces, Baby you complete me
Oh, and you can beat me
At my own game

Have you got what it takes to un-break my heart?
Can you gather up the scattered pieces when I fall apart?
And put them back together in order
Like they were from the start?
Jigsaw puzzle
Puzzle of a jigsaw heart

Jigsaw heart
It’s a doggone shame
If it’s too complicated will it drive us both away?
Are you still gonna be around
When I finally come crashing down?
Jigsaw puzzle, puzzle of a jigsaw heart

Have you got what it takes to un-break my heart?
Can you gather up the scattered pieces when I fall apart?
And put them back together in order
Like they were from the start?
Jigsaw puzzle
Puzzle of a jigsaw heart
Track Name: The Last Time
Just like yesterday or the day before
I remember the shirt you wore
The last time
I saw you for the last time

You looked so good I told you so
Just before I turned to go
You asked me to stay
With me for the last time

Ain’t it funny how the last time will last
And never slip into the distant past?
The last time
I saw you for the last time

All the promise and that pot of gold
There will be at the end of the rainbow
The last time
I saw you for the last time

We drank all night ‘til we emptied our cups
We played and sang until the sun came up
The last time
I saw you for the last time

You waved goodbye as you drove away
I saw that halo around your face
The last time
I saw you for the last time

Ain’t it funny how the last time will last
And never slip into the distant past?
The last time
I saw you for the last time

All the promise and that pot of gold
There will be at the end of the rainbow
The last time
I saw you for the last time
Track Name: Let's Go Ahead and Fall in Love
Babe I like to see you get a rise out of me
You know just how to sizzle my steak
So come on up into my kitchen
I’ve got a little jelly roll to bake
Stack me like the spoons in the silverware drawer
I fit you like an oven glove
Playing hard to get? What are you waiting for?
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!

Let’s go ahead and fall in love
Go ahead and fall in love
You’re the only one that I’m dreaming of
Let’s go ahead and fall in love
Stop that buzzing around my hive
Light right here and you can take a dive
I will pull your stinger when you come inside
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!

Let’s go ahead and fall in love
Go ahead and fall in love
You can make me coo just like a turtle dove
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!
I’m tired of you beating around the bush
Come over kiss my mouth it’ll help you hush
We can take our time or we can get in a rush but
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!

Feeling kind of frisky since my mill broke down
Got nobody to grind my corn
We don’t need no pallet ‘cause I’m all alone
Oh, how I long to slide your horn!
Jiggle on the key to open my back door
Push a little, give it shove
I ain’t hard to get! What are you waiting for?
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!

Let’s go ahead and fall in love
Go ahead and fall in love
You can take the bottom bunk I’ll climb up above
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!
You’ve got a hot rod I can jump right in
Throttle it up and take me for a spin
You can make me giggle I will make you grin
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!

Let’s go ahead and fall in love
Go ahead and fall in love
Steady rock and roll me ‘til I’ve had enough
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!
I need a little sugar in my bowl
And plump juicy frank on my hot dog roll
Bring a little spackling you can fill my hole
Let’s go ahead and fall in love!
Track Name: Tendin' to a Broken Heart
A little extra make-up
To hide my tears
I flash the world a smile
Hope my frown disappears
Heaven knows I’m just pretending
While I’m tendin’ to a broken heart

Smoky neon small talk
Gin with no vermouth
I hide in the shadows
Where it’s hard to see the truth
My demons keep winning
While I’m tendin’ to a broken heart

These flights of fancy
All the trips that I take
To new destinations
From old heartaches
Little vacations
From falling apart
While I’m tendin’ to a broken heart

Bought me a new dress
And a long strand of pearls
But I’m blind to their luster
Without you in my world
What good is my money
If I can’t spend it
While I’m tendin’ to a broken heart?

These flights of fancy
All the trips that I take
To new destinations
From old heartaches
Little vacations
From falling apart
While I’m tendin’ to a broken heart
Track Name: Locomotive
Locomotive
She’s got a motive ain’t digging no tracks
Locomotive
She’s motivated ain’t looking back

Comes on just like a freight train
Carry all your weight away
Catch up to her blind
You can hitch a ride
Just a whistle stop
She can’t stay

Locomotive
She’s loco but she’s free
Locomotive
She’s crazy in love with me

Comes on just like a freight train
Carry all your weight away
Catch up to her blind
You can hitch a ride
Just a whistle stop
She can’t stay

Locomotive rolling on down the line
Locomotive moving she’s making good time
Locomotive running runaway
Another whistle stop
She can’t stay

Locomotive
She’s loaded she’s traveling light
Locomotive
She’s lowdown she’s feeling all right

Comes on just like a freight train
Carry all your weight away
Catch up to her blind
You can hitch a ride
Just a whistle stop
She can’t stay
Track Name: Valentine
I never was good enough to be a saint
I never had a day that took my name
I always stumble over my best lines
Can I be your valentine?

I don’t know half as much as I need to know
I haven’t gone half as deep as I want to go
I still can’t recognize the most obvious sign
Can I be your valentine?

I say I do
I do
I do until I’m blue
There’s nothing hidden that you haven’t seen
My hands are dirty but my heart is true
If I’m lying I’m dying I’ve got keep on trying
To be your valentine

A rusted arrow & a homemade card
There are no roses growing in my back yard
But I give you my soul in these dandelions
Can I be your valentine?
Can I be your valentine?
Can I be your valentine?