Schmit to bring 4 decades of music to Newton


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  • Timothy B. Schmit will perform at The Newton Theatre May 13.



— Timothy B Schmit, legendary Eagle and former member of Poco, will bring four decades of music to The Newton Theatre on Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m.

It’s been seven years since Timothy B Schmit released his last album. Why? “I wasn’t ready until now.”

With a career that goes 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.

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’s played internationally as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band.

His last release, Expando, dropped in 2009.

Then he settled back into his busy routine, appearing on recordings with artists as diverse as Wynonna Judd, Diana Krall and The Blind Boys of Alabama. But he also kept listening, writing, filing ideas and edging closer to his next individual project.

Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, "Leap of Faith" released in 2016, with a strong mix of rock, country, Americana, R&B and reggae, plays like a multicolored corona around Schmit’s distinctive artistry.

Leap of Faith marks the culmination of Schmit’s unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. “I don’t feel confined by any outside perceptions about what I do. I just try to pull songs out of the ethers and shape them as they come, whatever the genre," said Schmit.

“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.

Tickets range from $34 to $59. Purchase tickets by visiting www.thenewtontheatre.com, or call the Box Office at (973) 383-3700.

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