Timothy B. Schmit, vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco, has announced a West coast tour that will begin on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
The tour will be in support of Leap Of Faith, Schmit's new 12-track solo album on Benowen Records. The album will be released as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set on Friday, November 4.
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. It 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. Schmit recalls the session. "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, 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 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.
Below are Schmit;s preliminary West Coast tour dates. Expect more cities to be announced in the coming weeks.
1/7 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
1/8 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
1/19 - Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
1/20 - Bankhead Theatre - Livermore, CA
1/26 - Saint Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
1/29 - Rose Theatre - Pasadena, CA
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