TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT--the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco--has announced he'll launch a West Coast tour starting on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Expect more tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks and see the current itinerary below. LEAP OF FAITH, his new 12-track solo album--out now on Benowen Records--will be released as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set on Friday, November 4; exclusive bundles are available for pre-order now (here). To purchase LEAP OF FAITH on iTunes, visit: (here).
In radio news, Timothy stopped by KCSN 88.5 FM in Los Angeles for a special live performance and in-depth interview with station host Sky Daniels. To hear the entire performance and interview now, click (here). Watch Timothy's live performance at "Music City Roots" recorded during the Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville (here).
Recorded at his Los Angeles studio and co-produced with engineer Hank Linderman, LEAP OF FAITH is a strong mix of rock, country, Americana, R&B and even a bit of reggae. LEAP OF FAITH marks the culmination of SCHMIT's unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. The album's first single "Red Dirt Road" is currently impacting Americana and AAA radio. "Like the rest of my new solo album Leap of Faith, 'Red Dirt Road' was recorded in my L.A. studio featuring Van Dyke Parks on accordion, John McFee (from The Doobie Brothers) on fiddle, and harmonies by Herb Pedersen," explains TIMOTHY re the first single. "Upon hearing this song one might think the setting is from the deep south, but actually the image comes from the island of Kauai. It's a tune about finally being able to let go."
Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, LEAP OF FAITH plays like a multicolored corona around SCHMIT's distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track "My Hat" to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflectionsof "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, SCHMITneeds only his own acoustic guitar to express profound love.
Below are the TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT preliminary West Coast tour dates. Expect more cities to be announced in the coming weeks.
SAT1/7 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House LINK
SUN1/8 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon LINK
TUE1/19 Oakland, CA Yoshi'sOn Sale 11/1
WED1/20 Livermore, CA Bankhead Theatre On Sale 11/11
THU1/26 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke LINK
SUN1/29 Pasadena, CARose Theatre LINK
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For LEAP OF FAITH links, visit:
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/LeapofFaithiTunes
Amazon - http://smarturl.it/LeapofFaithAmazon
Online store exclusive bundles - http://smarturl.it/TBSStore
Spotify - http://smarturl.it/LeapofFaithSpotify