Eagles Bassist Timothy B. Schmit Talks Solo Album + Playing Connecticut
Timothy B. Schmit -- groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter, & bass player for the Eagles and Poco -- recently released a new solo album called Leap of Faith and performed a few shows to celebrate the release. I was lucky enough to catch one of the performances at City Winery in Nashville, and I can tell you firsthand that his voice still sounds as good today as it did years ago -- possibly even BETTER!
Recorded at his Los Angeles studio, Leap Of Faith is a strong mix of rock, country, Americana, R&B, and even a bit of reggae. The new songs sounded spectacular live - he did 4 from the new album - along with a great selection of tunes from his other solo albums, and of course a few Eagles favorites and a Poco classic.
There were many special moments during the show, but one of the most powerful was when the band left the stage and Timothy performed a few songs completely solo on acoustic guitar. He began with a beautiful love song from his new album, called "It's Alright." Then, he simply said, "I'm gonna play this one for Glenn." No last name was needed. You could hear a pin drop as he began to softly strum the familiar chords to "Peaceful Easy Feeling." He sang the whole song, alone in the spotlight. And when he finished, the entire audience stood and applauded for several minutes. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
I recently had a chance to chat with Timothy. We talked about the recording process for his new album, some of the special guests who appear on it (including Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, and John McFee of the Doobie Brothers), his possible touring plans for Connecticut in 2017, and the importance of staying "present" and enjoying every moment in life.
Here's the full interview, in two parts. Enjoy!
For more information on Timothy B. Schmit, visit www.timothybschmit.com