Lakeshore Records presents Mississippi Grind Volume 1&2
Both albums are film-inspired compilations of amazing blues tracks.
In Mississippi Grind, a lively, freewheeling road movie, Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortune begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and gerry Quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.
Setting the tone are great tracks from such esteemed Legends of Blues as Memphis Slim, Furry Lewis and John Lee Hooker, each volume is a musical reflection of the state mind of an individual character. A rare look into the deeper motivations of such complex and vivid men as Gerry And Curtis each volume is different as are the fates and choices of the gambling men they represent. Through the songs of Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie and Joe callicott, amongst others, the actions and choices of Mississippi Grind are illuminated all the more. Marshall Chapman, who plays Curtis' mom, contributes the track "Rainbow Road", while Leo Welch's original track "I Don't Know Her Name" is also featured on the "Curtis' Road Mix" recording.
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