Timothy B Schmit, the legendary bass player from the Eagles has recently released a solo album Expando. He is over in the UK promoting his new album. He spoke to BBC Cornwall's David White about it. Click on the link below to hear the interview:
Schmit joined the Eagles in 1977 after the Hotel California tour, replacing Randy Meisner on bass and vocals. While the Eagles are thought to be a quintessential California band, Schmit is actually the only native Californian ever to be a member of the band.
On the 1979 album The Long Run, Schmit co-wrote and sang lead on the song "I Can't Tell You Why". The band broke up in 1980 and reunited in 1994, with Schmit singing the lead vocal on "Love Will Keep Us Alive", on the reunion album Hell Freezes Over.
In 2007, the Eagles released a new album, Long Road Out of Eden. Schmit continues to be part of the Eagles lineup along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Joe Walsh.
Timothy B Schmit
Since then Schmit has embarked on a solo career, singing vocals and playing bass for studio sessions. His voice can be heard on many hits, including Bob Seger's "Fire Lake" and Boz Scaggs' "Look What You've Done To Me" (each with Frey and Henley), Don Felder's "Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride) (with Henley), and Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Southern Cross", where he sang harmony due to David Crosby's drug overindulgence. He was also a background musician on two of Don Henley's hit songs, "Dirty Laundry" and "You Don't Know Me at All".
Schmit teamed with his predecessor in both Poco and the Eagles, Randy Meisner, along with their mutual Eagles bandmate Joe Walsh, to provide background vocals to the 1987 Richard Marx hit "Don't Mean Nothing". Schmit also performed on the Toto 1983 hit singles "I Won't Hold You Back" and "Africa", and the Jars Of Clay song "Everything In Between". He also played on the 1983 Glenn Shorrock solo album.
In 1996, Schmit sang on a cover version of The Beach Boys' 1966 song "Caroline, No" on their album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, with the Beach Boys themselves contributing harmonies.
He also toured with Jimmy Buffett, in 1983, 1984, and 1985 as a member of the Coral Reefer Band. Schmit was the one who coined the term "Parrotheads" for the Buffett fans. Schmit's latest album, Expando, was released on October 20, 2009.
Talking about his first solo tour on which he primarily plays acoustic guitar, not bass, Schmit says: "It's the first of my career in which I am the writer and lead singer of virtually every song.
"It is a little frightening, but it's been really cool. I'm not telling you I feel young, but I have this new energy in my musical career that is really exciting to me. Here I am, in my early 60's, doing something new and having a great time."
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