Published Jun 03, 2011Oscar-winning actor and nominated director Tim Robbins clearly has a keen grasp on the film industry, as evidenced by his large and impressive resume. Now, the performer is highlighting his musical talents with the release of his debut album.
Performing under the name Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, the group also include keyboardist Roger Eno, multi-instrumentalist Kate St. John and, best of all, musical saw player David Coulter, alongside vocal contributions from Joan As Policewoman.
Still, the project stemmed from Robbins's creative vision. A life-long musician, the 52-year-old spent a long time conceptualizing the album rather than rush into it.
"I have too much respect for music to put out something that wasn't coming from a genuine place," he said in a press release, adding that he wanted to "understand what my voice was and what kind of stories I wanted to tell. I think I'm ready to tell those stories now."
Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery will be released on July 5 via Fontana North in Canada and 429 Records elsewhere. The group will also embark on a North American tour that includes many Canadian stops. All dates are available below.
Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band:
1. "Book of Josie"
2. "You're My Dare"
4. "Time to Kill"
5. "Toledo Girl"
6. "Queen of Dreams"
7. "Crush on You"
8. "Moment in the Sun"
9. "Lightning Calls"
7/8 Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
7/9 Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
7/10 Quebec City, QC - Quebec Summer Festival
7/13 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
7/14 Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Festival
7/15 Windsor, ON - Bluesfest International
7/16 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Music Festival
7/18 Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
7/19 Portland, OR - Alberta Rose
7/20 San Francisco, CA - Bimbos
7/21 Los Angeles, CA - Largo
7/22 Los Angeles, CA - Largo
7/23 San Diego, CA - Anthology
7/26 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
7/27 Washington, DC - Birchmere Music Hall
7/28 Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
7/30 White River, VT - Tupelo Music Hall
7/31 Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
8/2 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
8/3 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
8/4 Evanston, IL - Space
8/6 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival