Artist Signings: Hollywood Meets Nashville

Oscar winning actor Tim Robbins has signed with 429 Records and will release his album, Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band, on July 19. A star of the big screen, writer, director and philanthropist, Robbins has been writing songs and performing his entire life. With the help of producer Hal Willner, Robbins embodies the role of singer, guitarist and storyteller on the collection’s nine songs.

Raised in a creative environment, Robbins’ first memories include hanging out as a child at the Gaslight in Greenwich Village, which his father managed. “My first desire to perform came from watching him on stage. I remember it as so intoxicating,” says Robbins.

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Georgia artist Andy Velo, who is sponsored by Jim Beam Brands, has signed an exclusive management and record distribution agreement with the Red Dirt Music Company.

“Andy is a wonderful singing and performing talent as well as a fine up-and-coming actor,” Red Dirt COO Ben Ewing says. “We are proud to represent him in conjunction with Jim Beam Brands.”

Velo’s debut single will be released on the Red Dirt imprint in July with a full-length album to follow in the fall. He has just finished several tour dates in the Southeast, performing after-concert shows for fellow Jim Beam-sponsored artist Kid Rock.

Although his first love is music, Velo has also branched out onto the silver screen and landed supporting roles in We Are Marshall starring Matthew McConaughey and One Missed Call. His latest movie project, Field of Vision, will air on NBC on Saturday, June 11th at 8 pm EST/7pm CST.

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Rodney Dillard and The Dillard Band have signed with Mountain Music Entertainment for management representation. Dillard is well known for his role as Rodney Darlin on The Andy Griffith Show. He has also enjoyed a successful career in various musical genres as an artist, producer, writer, and vocalist.

“Working with Rodney and Beverly and The Dillard Band is incredibly exciting for us,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment. “I grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show and also learning songs like ‘Dooley.’ I look forward to having Rodney and Beverly Dillard and The Dillard Band as part of our artist family and doing great things with them for the future.”

In 2009, The Dillards were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

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