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Conversation with Rising Blues Star Eden Brent!

This week on Time for the Blues (10/9/11), John and Henry are thrilled to chat with Eden Brent, a fast-rising boogie woogie piano player, singer, songwriter and also winner of the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award at the 2010 Blues Music Awards! How did we get so lucky?

There are reasons we don’t have a phone at Time For The Blues World Headquarters; first of all you tend to get calls from strangers and as Walter Brennan said to John Wayne in the classic movie Red River, "No stranger ever good news'd me." Also Henry tends to get those frantic calls about technical problems "that only he can solve." There’s a drawback to this though as sometimes great blues artists would like to talk to us in order to promote a new release or an upcoming performance and it’s sometimes tough to get us both on the phone when it's possible to talk with the artists.

However, when we received an offer to interview boogie woogie pianist Eden Brent we had to look at the logistics in order to make it happen. Eden's work was somewhat new to us, but when we got a copy of her recent CD "Ain't Got No Troubles", we both flipped and became determined to figure out a way to reach out to her and talk about the blues, the CD, and her upcoming performance in Richmond.  Eden is appearing at the Capital Ale House Music Hall (downtown Richmond) on Wednesday, October 12 at 8 PM and it's sponsored by our friends at the River City Blues Society.

If that wasn’t enough reason to tune in, we also have a return tour through Henry’s MP3 player that will feature some Chuck Berry and Janis Joplin, and Henry even promises us a big surprise. Considering some of the surprises he’s pulled off in the past, I’m sure you’ll want to stick around for this one.

More, you ask? Sure--we’ll check out some more sides from George Thorogood and the Destroyers' recent tribute album to Chess Records. We featured tracks from that new release a few weeks ago and we love the enitre CD! One of the tracks actually features legendary Chess performer Buddy Guy on guitar! Plus we'll play a little something from the immortal John Lee Hooker's Chess singles (he recorded as well for Vee-Jay, Modern, Atlantic, Ace, Verve and on and on...John Lee went through record companies like Henry goes through nicknames!)

And if that weren’t enough, we’ll have another installment of The Goldwax Story, the little studio that tried to take on Stax and left us with some great sides and a lot of what ifs…

So grab that nap, stay up late with us and check out all the great music and bad jokes. It’s always a party at Time For The Blues.  Check out the sample of Eden Brent below and look for the entire interview on a new post on Monday!

Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 AM.

Got a blues fave you'd like us to try to interview? Let us know...we'll give it a shot!