Performing songs that span his four-decade long career and on tour supporting his sixth solo album, Leap Of Faith, Timothy B. Schmit delivered an enjoyable and satisfying show that lasted well over two hours at The Rose in Pasadena on Sunday, January 29. Schmit is best known for his stints in Poco and The Eagles, where he has become an integral part of their sound. Schmit has also done various session work over the years as musician and vocalist for Steely Dan, Firefall, Toto and Richard Marx which are among his vast musical credits.
Powered by his crystalline and soaring high vocals, the bassist and songwriter performed material that reflects affirmatively on life experiences characterized by memorable country rock, 70s soul and funk, bluegrass, Cajun, and Americana styles. Schmit was ably supported by his exceptional and versatile five-piece backing band including keyboardist, bassist and vocalist Chris Farmer; Hank Linderman on guitars, bass and vocals; Herman Matthews on drums, percussion and vocals; Bobby Carlos on ukelele and bass and Doobie Brother’s John McFee on guitar, pedal steel and fiddle.
The powerhouse vocal stylings of Marlena Jeter, Lynne Fiddmont and Mortonette Stephens were in part responsible for transforming some of the static mid-tempo arrangements and breathing new life into them. Their feisty treatment of the material gave the songs more verve, edge and bite transforming the overall sound where the entire band seemed freer to rock out and get incredibly funk. That is when the show really took flight and became engaging musically and reached a compelling peak that drew in the audience in further. Timothy B. Schmit really shined best when the “White Boy” showed his soul for all to see and experience.
Spring East Coast and Mid-West tour dates have just been announced – www.timothybschmit.com
One More Mile | My Hat | The Shadow | Red Dirt Road | Ella Jean | White Boy | Downtime | Parachute | All Those Faces (Solo Acoustic) | Peaceful Easy Feeling (Solo Acoustic) | What I Should Do | Keep on Tryin | Friday Night | I Refuse | Secular Praise | I Can’t Tell You Why | A Good Day
I Don’t Want to Hear Anymore | Love Will Keep Us Alive