This twisted caper comedy pits two rival record collectors against each other as they attempt to con an old lady out of a rare, but cursed, blues record. The object of the collectors’ obsession is a 1938 recording by Jimmie Kane Baldwin, a fictional three-fingered blues guitar player from the south… and a wanted man. The ill-fated recording session set in Chicago at the fictional Cicero Records results in 2 of the 4 masters being destroyed while the last remaining two are thought lost to the ages.
The absurd quest for one of the rarest records in history lands both collectors in jail where the feud festers for 20 years until they are released from prison and get a second chance at snagging the vinyl – this time from a much more formidable foe. Most of us would not risk going to jail to get your hands on some blues vinyl, and luckily you don’t have to. We sell it on our website. While we don’t sell any Jimmie Kane Baldwin, (mostly because he is a fictional character) we do sell Autographed Buddy Guy Records.
It is great to see the blues as a main focal point in popular cinema. As Mr. Guy would say, “They don’t play this type of blues on the radio no more.” The film’s soundtrack is a mix of traditional and modern blues songs from various artists. Listen to both versions of the title track “O Death, Where Is Thy Sting” on Spotify. Brooklyn based singer-songwriter The Bones of JR Jones is behind the traditionally inspired, stripped down ‘original’ session recording heard in the film, while ‘O Death’ is the modern version with a hip-hop twist featured in the trailer from Doomtree’s Cecil Otter.
Chasing The Blues will hit select theaters on October 5th, 2018 in New York City, Chicago, Phoenix, Portland, Los Angeles, Nashville, San Diego, Columbus, Detroit, Cleveland, and more to be announced.