Tune-in this Monday, November 27 at 6p/9p (PT/ET) to hear Timothy B. Schmit–the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player of the legendary rock groups, Eagles and Poco will be interviewed live with Jim Laddon “Deep Tracks,” which airs nationwide on SiriusXM Channel 27 (M-F, 4-8p PT/7-11p ET).
Following his sold-out solo tour earlier this year and a round of arena dates with Eagles, Timothy will launch his fall solo tour in Las Vegas on Friday, November 24. For the trek, Timothy and his band will perform songs spanning his entire four-decade long career. Joining Timothy on tour as opener in Los Angeles (Dec. 3, Saban Theater) and Denver (Dec. 14, Soiled Dove) is fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former Poco bandmate, Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco). Tickets for all shows are on-sale now.
Timothy’s solo album, Leap of Faith, (Benowen Records) was described by Rolling Stone “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.
Timothy B. Schmit recorded the 12-track solo album in his Los Angeles studio with co-producer with 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 to some of pop/folk/rock music’s most important songs.
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