Sunday, May 7, 2017

Timothy B. Schmit at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Timothy B. Schmit was born in Oakland, California, and raised in Sacramento, where at age 15 he played folk music in Tim, Tom & Ron. That group evolved into a surf band called the Contenders, then had a British-Invasion-inspired hit in 1965 as the New Breed and then became a rock band called Glad by 1968. In 1968, Schmit auditioned for country-rockers Poco but the position was filled by Randy Meisner; Meisner then quit the band in 1970, and Schmit replaced him on bass and vocals. Schmit then replaced Meisner again on bass and vocals in 1977 in the Eagles. Ironically, while the Eagles were often perceived as a California band, the late-joining Schmit was the only member of the group born in the Golden State. After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Schmit embarked on a solo career, releasing solo albums and expanding his role as a studio musician, and rejoined the Eagles when the band reunited in 1994. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles. Schmit's sixth and most recent studio album, Leap of Faith, was released on September 23, 2016. He is also performing with the reunited Eagles this summer.

Schmit's concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill tonight was advertised as a retrospective of his career, but the set included only a couple of Poco and Eagles songs. The set largely was comprised of songs from Schmit's solo albums. He was in fine voice despite a recent bout with throat cancer, was affable and congenial is his between-songs talks, and performed well on guitar and bass. He gave his repertoire a "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" in more ways than one, and included his "I Can't Tell You Why" from his Eagles catalogue. The problem was that the rest of his set did not match the perfection of these songs from the 1970s. The songs captured the California country rock sound, but none stood out as songs one would want to hear again and again. Schmit's forays into rock, soul and bluegrass made the concert pleasant enough, but not especially notable.

Visit Timothy B. Schmit at www.timothybschmit.com.