Yes, Tim Robbins the Oscar-winning actor is reinventing himself as a gypsy rock–Americana act, and he’s not afraid to call his self-titled debut his midlife crisis album. (Check out the video above.) Now, allow me a US Weekly moment: The 51-year-old says the new look isn’t entirely related to his breakup with Susan Sarandon—his partner of 21 years, mother of his two children, and highly respected cougar. He blames the fallout of a film project in Portland, Oregon, where he was, quote, screwed by a financier. He’s turned this quest for creative freedom into a Springsteen-styled album of road ballads and heartache, which he tested on a UK audience in the fall and will release in the US tomorrow, July 19. Robbins has music in his blood—dad Gilbert Lee Robbins played with folk band the Highwaymen and managed Greenwich Village’s Gaslight Cafe—but what I want to know is: Can the man sing?
Find out tonight: Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band play the Triple Door at 7:30. I just bought my tickets ($30 each), so there are still some available. See you there.