Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ain't Got No Troubles

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There's no trouble in my hair
Got a tree and the boat, the boat and the sea, yeah

I gotta hook and a line and fish
Go around, go around

Gotta hook and a line
Fish to go around, but I ain't got no troubles

I'll be about in my boat
Hope I catch a big fish, big fish

Meals of yesteryear I'd like to forget
Hey, the wind swishes its tune sometime, whoa

I will not cry when my sea runs dry,
it's been fertile in the years, so many years

Got pots and pans for my lampshades and spices and so my cupboards

Got spices and salt, but I ain't got no trouble
Ain't got no troubles 


The recording sounds as if it were bootlegged in an obscure juke joint back in the 1920s... although her vocals, honed in clubs where she had to sing over the piano without much amplification, sound irresistibly fresh. --National Public Radio
As the crow flies, Greenville, MS and New Orleans are just 300 miles apart. But when pianist Eden Brent traveled from her hometown to record 'Ain't Got No Troubles,' she eschewed the interstate for meandering country highways that parallel the Mississippi River's route. The circuitous road trip ended at New Orleans' Piety Street, where she recorded with producer Colin Linden in a quest to further broaden her sound: working with bassist George Porter, Jr., she and Linden injected her gritty, rootsy music with spicy elements that earmark the unmistakable Crescent City sound. Brent penned eight of the album's twelve tracks, exhibiting a keen sense of clever wordplay - the juke joint jumper "In Love With Your Wallet" is filled with wry observation, while the vaudeville throwback "My Man" is peppered with double entendre. But there's also considerable nuance: the intimacy of "If I Can't", the after-hours anguish of "Blues All Over," and the soulful, heartbreaking ballad "Leave Me Alone."

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