Called Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery, the band recently signed with 429 Records and has a self-titled album coming out July 5 in Canada and July 19 in the U.S. The album was produced by Hal Willner, who injected some top-flight musicianship into the sessions by introducing Robbins to keyboardist Roger Eno, multi-instrumentalist Kate St. John, musical saw maestro David Coulter and vocalist Joan As Police Woman.

Robbins, who portrayed a conservative folksinger in the 1992 flick “Bob Roberts,” isn’t exactly a music newcomer. Both his parents were members of the UCLA marching band and his father, Gil Robbins, was a member of the 1960s folk music group The Highwaymen and also managed the Gaslight nightclub in Greenwich Village.

“My first desire to perform came from watching him [Gil Robbins] on stage,” Robbins said in a statement. “I remember it as so intoxicating. 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.”

You can experience that alchemy when Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery ventures forth on a tour through Canada and the U.S. Beginning at the Winnipeg Folk Festival July 8-9, look for the group in such places as Montreal’s Club Soda July 13; the Ottawa Blues Festival July 14; Seattle’s Triple Door July 19; Los Angeles’ Largo July 21-22; New York’s Le Poisson Rouge July 26; and the Edmonton Folk Festival Aug. 6.

Meanwhile, get up to speed on Robbins And The Rogues Gallery by checking out the actor/musician’s website. Just click here.