Tim Robbins, the 50-year-old actor famous for roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River, and a slew of other films, is following in the footsteps of his late father, Gilbert Robbins.
Gilbert, who died in April of 2011, was a member of the Highwaymen, a 60’s folk band who made a significant impact in their day with songs such as “Cottonfields” and “Michael.”
Now Tim is on a musical journey of his own as he and the Rougues Gallery Band are scheduled to release their debut self-titled album on Tuesday of this week.
“My first desire to perform came from watching [my dad] on stage. I remember it as so intoxicating,” Robbins said in a statement Monday. “Audiences were encouraged to sing along and be part of the event. That is a relationship I’ve been seeking all my life, that alchemy between performer and audience.”
To promote the new album, 50-year-old Robbins has booked appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on July 25, “The View” on July 26, and has also announced a concert tour, which kicked off last week in Vancouver.
Although the Oscar winning actor is no stranger to music he stayed off the radar until now to ensure his songs were “coming from a genuine place.”
Robbins explained the reason behind his “waiting” was simple:
“I 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.”