(September 11, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release two soundtracks for the film MISSISSIPPI GRIND — VOL 1: GERRY’S ROAD MIX and VOL 2: CURTIS’ ROAD MIX – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Both albums will be available digitally on September 18, 2015, and 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 fortunes 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 reflections 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.
Reminiscent of classic 1970s American Cinema, Mississippi Grind is an unforgettable journey featuring two characters who—flawed as they may be—are always worth rooting for. It’s a film about friendship, addiction, regret, family, and the paths we sometimes unexpectedly find ourselves on—told with empathy, humor, and a remarkable light touch by acclaimed filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of A Funny Story).
Mississippi Grind also stars Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Robin Weigert, and Alfre Woodard. It is produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell, who previously worked with Fleck and Boden on Half Nelson, and also produced The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine.
Mississippi Grind Vol 1: Gerry’s Road Mix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
01. This Train – Big Bill Broonzy
02. Dirty Mother For You – Memphis Minnie
03. Don’t Depend On Me – James Hand
04. Grinder Man Blues – Memphis Slim
05. Leave Her Alone – Junior Kimbrough
06. Dark Cloud Rising – Jimmy Lee Harris
07. Floor To Crawl – James Hand
08. Go Down Sunshine – Odetta
09. Gymnopédie No. 1 – Jack Fessenden
10. Frankie and Albert – Joe Callicott
11. Hoot Your Belly – Jimmy Lee Williams
Mississippi Grind Vol 2: Curtis’ Road Mix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
01. Ace Of Spades – O.V. Wright
02. Famous In Missouri – Tom T. Hall
03. No More Doggin – Rosco Gordon
04. Heels Clickin’ – Paul “Wine”Jones
05. I Don’t Know Her Name – Leo Welch
06. Goin’ Down South – R.L. Burnside
07. Shake ‘Em On Down – Furry Lewis
08. Rainbow Road – Marshall Chapman
09. Hill Stomp – Robert Belfour
10. My Dream – John Lee Hooker
A24 & DIRECTV present MISSISSIPPI GRIND in theaters on September 25. Lakeshore Records will release MISSISSIPPI GRIND VOL 1: GERRY’S ROAD MIX – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and MISSISSIPPI GRIND VOL 2: CURTIS’ ROAD MIX – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 18, 2015.