It’s been seven years since Timothy B. Schmit released his last album. The standard opening question is, “Why did it take so long?”
The standard Schmit answer to most questions is funny in a self-deprecating way and rooted in simple truths. So of course he answers, “I wasn’t ready until now!”
Patience is a virtue. And with a career that unfolds back to the halcyon 1960s, patience has served this storied artist well. He was in his teens when he charted for the first time. At the turn of the decade, he joined Poco and helped steer the band into its pioneering fusions of country, rock, and folk. In 1977, he became a member of the legendary Eagles, an association that would continue on and off for decades.
At the same time, Schmit also collaborated with other artists. His talents enhanced Toto’s “Africa”; Richard Marx’s “Don’t Mean Nothin’”; Bob Seger’s “Fire Lake”; Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Wasted on the Way”; and multiple tracks by Steely Dan. He has played internationally as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band.
“Over the last ten years or so, I’ve felt like I’m finally getting the hang what it is I do best,” Schmit sums up with his knack for wry understatement. “Although this project took some time to complete, this is what I came up with. . . . This is who I am. This is a Leap of Faith.”
Timothy B. Schmit is a classic rock jewel. As a member of the Eagles and Poco, he’s responsible for some of the most memorable melodies of the ’70s and ’80s.