Following his solo tour earlier this year and a round of arena dates with Eagles, TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT–the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player of the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco–has kicked off a fall headlining U.S. tour which is now completely sold out. The trek stopped in Los Angeles, Sunday night (December 3) at the Saban Theatre, where TIMOTHY thrilled the packed crowd, performing songs spanning his entire four-decade long career (see full set list below). While making his way through four of his solo albums, Feed The Fire, Tell Me The Truth and Expando as well as his most recent release Leap Of Faith, TIMOTHY brought out the special guests including John McFee of The Doobie Brothers, who played guitar, pedal-steel and fiddle on a handful of songs. Next up, TIMOTHY invited fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, former Poco bandmate and longtime mentor, Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) to the stage for a mini-reunion. They performed “Just For Me And You” from Poco’s 1971 album From The Inside, followed by a heartfelt, acapella version of the Poco classic “Keep On Tryin’” which brought the adoring crowd to its feet in what would be a series of standing ovations throughout the night. As the show continued, TIMOTHY and his band performed his renowned tracks with Eagles including “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “I Don’t Want To Hear Anymore” as well as “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” before bringing Furay to the stage for the Poco hit “Good Feelin’ To Know.”
TIMOTHY’s most recent solo album, LEAP OF FAITH (Benowen Records), was described by Rolling Stone as “a soundtrack for that sort of pitch-perfect American landscape, mixing bluegrass, Cajun, rock, Seventies soul and California country…” (9/23/16). Bass Player magazine added that “…veteran Eagles bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit spins some memorable yarns on his sixth solo outing–all delivered within his folk-rock, country-rock, yacht-rock, and rock & roll wheelhouse. The reggae-tinged ‘Slow Down’ and ‘All Those Faces’ establish Schmit’s overall preference for rich, minor-chord colors. Downstairs, his bass leads the backbeat pulse of ‘What Should I Do,’ while ‘You’re So Wild’ starts with a country two feel before Schmit’s upper-register riffing provides the subhook in the edgy chorus. Closing matters is the horn and accordion-infused ballad gem, ‘This Waltz'” (December 2016). LEAP OF FAITH is available now via Benowen Records as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set, CD and digitally. For exclusive LEAP OF FAITH bundles, visit (here) iTunes (here).
The 12-track solo album, recorded in his Los Angeles studio with co-producer and engineer Hank Linderman, LEAP OF FAITH marks the culmination of SCHMIT’s unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, the new album plays like a multicolored corona around SCHMIT’s distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track “My Hat” to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflections of “This Waltz,” this is more than another album in a great artist’s catalog. Writing and recording between touring with the Eagles, the songs on LEAP OF FAITH have a broad compass. “Slow Down” is a note to self on escaping life’s pressures, coasting along on a reggae pulse sweetened by jazz giant Gary Burton’s vibraphone, while “What I Should Do” has a Muscle Shoals feel; steamy, funky, and sensual. On “Goodbye, My Love,” he takes us deep down into traditional country with Paul Franklin’s glistening steel guitar layered over the changes. And on “It’s Alright,” his most intimate song, SCHMIT needs only his own acoustic guitar to express profound love.
As a member of the bands the Eagles (since 1977 he can be heard on hits such as “I Can’t Tell You Why” and “Love Will Keep Us Alive”), and Poco (“Keep On Tryin’”), TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT’s musical contributions have laid the groundwork for some of pop/folk/rock music’s most important songs. Born in California and raised on Elvis, SCHMIT’s LEAP OF FAITH, celebrates more than four decades into his career. SCHMIT shows no signs of silencing his harmonious voice, nor his penchant for writing critically acclaimed musical treasures. SCHMIT has vocally contributed to such memorable songs as “Look What You’ve Done To Me” (Boz Skaggs), “Fire Lake” (Bob Seger), to Richard Marx’s hit “Don’t Mean Nothing” and bass-guitar/harmonies on Toto’s hit singles “I Won’t Hold You Back” and “Africa,” Crosby Stills and Nash’s “Wasted On The Way” and multiple tracks by Steely Dan. He’s played internationally as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band.
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Listen to TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT’s recent interview on NPR (HERE).
Watch the lyric video for “Red Dirt Road” (HERE).