Timothy B. Schmit’s New Song, ‘Cross That Line’: Listen

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Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. Schmit has issued a new single, “Cross That Line,” the first song from a new album he has been recording since the Eagles’ “Hotel California” tour was paused in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The song address the MeToo Movement.

“I’ve had this song in my back pocket for almost a year now, and I’m not sure why I’ve waited so long to release it,” explains Schmit. “Then it became clear to me about two weeks ago that now is, indeed, the time. There is nothing else I can say about this piece other than the song speaks for itself.”

“Cross That Line” was produced by Schmit and Jeff Peters and features Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond) on lead guitar, Herman Matthews (Tower of Power, Tom Jones) on drums and Greg Leisz (Bon Iver) on steel guitar. Schmit plays bass himself and his three children (Jeddrah Leiterding, Owen Schmit and Ben Schmit) are part of a large chorus that provide backing vocals.

Watch the lyric video for “Cross That Line”

It’s the first new recording since his surprise release on Nov. 15, 2019, “The Good Fight,” recorded with Sheryl Crow. (The song was written and produced by Schmit.)

Schmit, best known as the bass player with the Eagles, released his last solo album, Leap of Faith, in 2016, supporting it with an extensive 2017 solo tour.

Schmit has released six solo albums – Playin’ It Cool (1984), Timothy B. (1987), Tell Me the Truth (1990), Feed the Fire (2001), Expando (2009), and Leap of Faith (2016). He has been a longtime member of both Poco and the Eagles. Schmit has won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Kennedy Center Honors as a member of the Eagles.

The Eagles 2020 tour, in which they will perform their Hotel California album in its entirety, was paused in March. The tour follows three sold-out concerts last fall at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada that featured the classic rock band performing their top-selling album, with a 46-piece orchestra and 22-member choir.

Watch the lyric video for “The Good Fight” with Sheryl Crow

Eagles are releasing a new concert album and film, Live From The Forum MMXVIII, recorded at the Forum in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 14 and 15, 2018. It arrives on Oct. 16 in a variety of formats.

Related: Our 2017 interview with Schmit

Eagles’ Hotel California 2021 Tour (Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and StubHub)

Aug 28, 29 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium
Sep 16, 18 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sep 21 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Sep 24-25 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct 1-2 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Oct 15-16, 19 – Inglewood, CA, – The Forum
Oct 22-23 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center

As the best-selling American band of the ’70s, and one of the top-selling acts of all time, the Eagles have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, scored six #1 albums and topped the singles charts five times. They have won six GRAMMY® Awards, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, in their first year of eligibility, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.

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  1. Gagdad Bob
    #1 Gagdad Bob 12 September, 2020, 14:38

    Schmit combines the subtlety of a NOW press release with the musicality of a Kars 4 Kids ad.

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  2. Moi
    #2 Moi 13 September, 2020, 09:00

    Great song.

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  3. Singforme58
    #3 Singforme58 13 September, 2020, 13:44

    Absolutely love Schmit’s voice, the guitar work is lovely, awesome, masterful. But. We all have differing political views and unfortunately, having to choose between evils is difficult for everyone. Placing Trump in the same category as crimes by humanity against nature and crimes against starlets by Weinstein is just wrong and crosses the line. Once again, an entertainer whose work I’ve loved has crossed the line into political envoyism… That takes a huge ego. People are going to choose based on character, not because of an entertainers’ or celebrities’ points of view. Freedom bears Power, Power bears Freedom, absolute power corrupts. Only the individual has free will to choose. This song might help some fans decide how to choose, but doubtful the song will have the impact Schmit might hope. At least he has the freedom and power to have his say in the public forum, a privilege most of us have never known. So, i have learned something important from this song: Power + Freedom = Privilege and Privilege = Power + Corruption. Thank you for a new formula to represent human nature.

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    • Detroit lady
      Detroit lady 17 September, 2020, 18:50

      I agree wholeheartdly! I have been a fan for a lot of years. Now, not so much! I thought he was more intelligent than this. Where was the “Me too” movement for the woman Joe Biden assaulted? Strangely quiet! Seems it only matters when a liberal is attacked, although she was a supporter of Biden’s at the time. The left has now swept her under the rug! Wake up Timothy or are you a hippocrit along with the rest of the left. Always 2 sets of rules!

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