Billboard reports this morning that Tim Robbins, star of your college roommate's favorite movie, The Shawshank Redemption, your uncle's favorite movie, Bull Durham, and no one's favorite movie, Howard the Duck, plans to release his debut album this summer. Tim Robbins Sings Songs About Being Dumped for A Ping-Pong Magnate Half His Age, is due out July 19th. No! Of course he's not singing about anything personal that might be of interest to the general public!
The album, actually called Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, will be all-original songs featuring the kind of Woody Guthrie-style early 20th-Century American Folk music (his father was in folk group The Highwaymen) for which Robbins has long had a major musical hard-on. Robbins has contributed music to many films, including Dead Man Walking, Human Nature (Michel Gondry's first feature, of which he is also the star), and Bob Roberts, in which he played a sort of bizzaro version of himself - an appealing, likable folk singer who sang about small government instead of the rights of the workers, or poor farmers, or anything else a socialist in 1933 might have approved of, which was supposed to make him extremely evil. Song titles from this album include "Toledo Girl," "Lightning Calls," and a rousing cover of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair." Well, at least two of those.
Why now? According to a release, Robbins, a 52-year-old Academy Award winner, "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." Robbins will be on tour, as well, hitting folk festivals and small venues throughout the US and Canada. Complete tour dates are at his website.