TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT: CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW SOLO ALBUM ‘LEAP OF FAITH’ 180 GRAM 2-LP VINYL SET OUT TODAY, NOVEMBER 4 VIA BENOWEN RECORDS

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TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT:
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW SOLO ALBUM
‘LEAP OF FAITH’
180 GRAM 2-LP VINYL SET
OUT TODAY, NOVEMBER 4
VIA BENOWEN RECORDS (HERE)
 
WEST COAST TOUR STARTS SATURDAY, JANUARY 7
SACRAMENTO, CA  AND NAPA, CA SHOWS ANNOUNCED
 
“a soundtrack for that sort of pitch-perfect American landscape, mixing bluegrass, Cajun, rock, Seventies soul and California country…”
–Rolling Stone (9/23/16)
 
 
LEAP OF FAITH180 gram 2-LP vinyl set
LEAP OF FAITH, the new 12-track solo album from TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT–the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from the legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco–is out today (11/4) as a 180 gram 2-LP vinyl set on Benowen Records. Exclusive bundles are available now (here) and to purchase LEAP OF FAITH on iTunes, visit: (here).
TIMOTHY has also announced a few more dates in Sacramento and Napa for his 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.
Following is the track listing for LEAP OF FAITH on limited-edition vinyl 2 LP set on 180 gram:
SIDE A:
1. My Hat
2. Slow Down
3. All Those Faces
SIDE B:
1. I Refuse
2. What I Should Do
3. Goodbye, My Love
SIDE C:
1. You’re So Wild
2. It’s Alright
3. Red Dirt Road
SIDE D:
1. The Island
2. Pearl On The String
3. This Waltz
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.”
Rolling Stone heralded LEAP OF FAITH as follows: “With the Santa Monica Mountains in the distance and a patch of state-protected Californian wilderness stretched outside the front door, Schmit created a soundtrack for that sort of pitch-perfect American landscape, mixing bluegrass, Cajun, rock, Seventies soul and California country into the same track list. Leap of Faith is an Americana album, in other words, delivered by an elder statesman who’s been laying the brickwork for Americana’s existence since the 1970s. Schmit is no newcomer. No cosmic-cowboy wannabe. Rather than focus on proving his country credentials, he sticks to the Schmit-ian basics on Leap of Faith, singing the songs with a gentle, unhurried voice that’s more tailored to peaceful easy feelings than life in the fast lane.” (9/23/16). Elsewhere, Rolling Stone Country’s Andrew Leahey added: “Written and tracked during breaks in the The Eagles’ touring schedule, the new record shines a light not only on Schmit’s voice, which remains remarkably untouched by the decades that have elapsed since he sang his band’s final hit, ‘I Can’t Tell You Why,’ but also the songwriting chops of an Americana pioneer. Long before that genre had a name, Schmit helped glue the nuance of country and bluegrass to the noise of rock. If the music on Leap of Faith sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because Schmit now shares the marketplace with songwriters who grew up studying his work with Poco and the Eagles.” (8/25/16)
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.
Above: Timothy B. Schmit. Photo link: (here).
Cover artwork for Timothy B. Schmit’s new album: LEAP OF FAITH (here).
Below are the TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT preliminary West Coast tour dates. Expect more cities to be announced in the coming weeks.
DATE
LOCATION
VENUE
TICKET
SAT
1/7
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Coach House
SUN
1/8
Agoura Hills, CA
Canyon Club
TUE
1/17
Sacramento, CA
Crest Theatre
THU
1/19
Oakland, CA
Yoshi’s
FRI
1/20
Livermore, CA
Bankhead Theatre
SUN
1/22
Napa, CA
Napa Valley Opera House
THU
1/26
Hermosa Beach, CA
Saint Rocke
SUN
1/29
Pasadena, CA
Rose Theatre
For more information on TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT, visit:
 
 
For LEAP OF FAITH links, visit:
Online store exclusive bundleshttp://smarturl.it/TBSStore
 
Watch/embed the new lyric video for “Red Dirt Road” (here) and below:

 
Watch Timothy’s live performance at “Music City Roots” recorded during the Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville (here).
 

 

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