The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit set to play the Hamilton

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

A couple of things to clear up in getting to know Timothy B. Schmit.

First, the "B" stands for Bruce. The longtime Eagles bassist liked the way his full name sounded when shooting his high school senior photo, and Timothy B Schmit it has been ever since.

Second, yes, he did coin the term "Parrothead" in reference to Jimmy Buffett fans.

Onstage
Timothy B. Schmit
Where: The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday
Info: $43.50 to $59; 202-787-1000; thehamiltondc.com

"I see we're getting to the important stuff," Schmit joked during a phone interview from his Los Angeles studio.

Schmit performs a solo show at the Hamilton on Monday.

Schmit, 64, has five solo studio albums to his name, the most recent 2009's "Expando." Despite the long career, which includes his work with the Eagles and Poco before that, Schmit never felt comfortable enough to go out on his own.

"I never felt like I had enough material that meant something to me before this album," Schmit said of fronting a solo effort.

"I like the challenge of it," he added. "It still scares me a little bit, and I kind of like that."

With the Eagles, which he joined in 1977, Schmit is used to performing before thousands of fans as part of a greater collective. Playing venues like the Hamilton is a whole different world.

"It's like sitting in a living room," Schmit said. "Because of that, it's a little more intimidating. I'm getting over that now. It's more personal. In some of these venues I could reach out and touch somebody."

The album "Expando" features guest artists Keb' Mo', Graham Nash, Kid Rock, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Dwight Yoakam, among others.

Schmit admits he works at his own pace when creating solo work. Plus, he has his day job with the Eagles. The band recently played shows in South Africa; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Las Vegas, still touring behind 2007's successful "Long Road Out of Eden." The Eagles as a group doesn't have much planned for the rest of the year, but each member has solo dates lined up. Not that the Eagles are finished.

"We're all kind of busy," said Schmit, whose most popular Eagles song is "I Can't Tell You Why." "Hopefully next year will be a big touring year. I don't really know that to be the case for sure. But nobody's cried uncle yet. We're still alive."

And until the Eagles soar again, Schmit has his solo work to tend to.

"I'm chipping away at new material," he said. "This is what I do. I hope to continue to do it."

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Robert Fulton

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