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Gig Alert: Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band
“Book of Josie”
Playing Tuesday at Le Poisson Rouge
(158 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets ($25)| Directions

More than a few famous actors have released Americana albums in the last decade. Billy Bob Thornton put out a string of albums starting in 2001. Then, Steve Martin released his first bluegrass banjo record in 2009. And earlier this month, Oscar-winning actor and director Tim Robbins had the U.S. release of his first album, the self-titled Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band.

As it happens, folk music is something of a family business. Robbins' father, Gilbert Robbins, was a member of the famous ‘60s folk band The Highwaymen, and later a manger for the West Village folk venue The Gaslight Cafe.

While certain celeb music ventures can be disastrous mistakes (see: Keanu Reeves’ Dogstar), that’s thankfully not the case here. Nobody would call Robbins an accomplished singer, but the music is thoughtfully written and touchingly performed.

Things get spiritual with this song, “Book of Josie,” in which Robbins re-imagines the relationship of Jesus and Mary Magdalene based on revelations from the so-called “Gnostic Gospels.” Download the track above.


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Comments [2]

Erasmus B. Dragon from New York

There is no polite way to say this, so I will just say it: Tim Robbins is "not that good." That's nicer than saying "stinks." Life has not been good for Tim since he went Middle Aged Crazy and dumped his long term partner. Tim, you do not deserve all of the gigs you are getting on Late Night TV or The View; you're only getting them because you are an AHHHHCTOR with some degree of fame. I've seen bands made up of beaten down blue-collar workers and lower-drawer office staff who have been able to pull off more credible performances in dive bars.

Jul. 26 2011 12:04 PM

This guy and his band are exact replicas of Tim Howe and The Solid Citizens!!! Amazing...............

Jul. 26 2011 09:30 AM

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