In memory of Tony Mola

tony mola percussionist

Upcoming Shows:



Smokey's Round‑up

Raucous Western Swing with virtuoso guitar, Smokey’s Round-Up is a late-night dance party happening every Wednesday night at Red Hook’s beloved Sunny’s Bar.


Wednesdays at Sunny's

253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklyn map

  • January 15
  • January 22
  • January 29

3 sets starting at 9pm



Smokey's Secret Family

Smokey Hormel’s surf guitar is featured on a collection of songs from the dance halls of Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean of the 50s and 60s. The band includes David Hofstra on bass (and tuba), Davi Viera, Meia Noite on percussion, Doug Weiselman on clarinet (and baritone-sax), and Clark Gayton on trombone.


At Bar Lunatico in Bed-Stuy

486 Halsey St, Brooklyn map

special tribute show
remembering the late great Tony Mola

  • Friday January 3

9 - 11:30 pm

News and Other Info:


Beck Hyperspace new release

New Beck album

Smokey plays on Beck's Hyperspace LP
out now

Listen to Smokey with Oumar Ndiaye
(the voice of Senegal)

on WFMU

Songs from the forthcoming Oumar Ndiaye album (produced by Smokey!)
live performance and interview.

From the 2019 radio broadcast


Jean Claude Vannier album cover

2019 Corpse Flower album

Smokey plays on the collaboration between French Melody Nelson producer Jean-Claude Vannier
and Mike Patton

Read about the recording at The Quietus

Jenny Lewis album cover

2019 Jenny Lewis album

On The Line


Smokey plays guitar on Jenny Lewis' newest release
Produced by Beck

Bedouine album cover

2019 Bedouine album

Bird Songs of a Killjoy


Smokey plays guitar on Bedouine's second LP

Liner Note Legends interview

In–depth interview with Smokey in his own episode of the Liner Note Legends online video series profiling veteran session musicians. Smokey talks about his work with the Blasters, Lee Allen, Beck, Rick Rubin and Johnny Cash, his love of Brazilian music, and his early days in Los Angeles.

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Smokey's Secret Family

Smokey Hormel and his stellar New York band ressurect classic '50s African dance music with electric guitar, tuba, trombone, clarinet, percussion and more. Nine songs released in 2009.

Smokey Hormel and Cibo Matto singer Miho Hatori celebrate '60s Bossa Nova king Baden Powell with a full perscussion ensemble. Ten songs, released in 2003, compiles two earlier out of print EPs.
Vinyl reissue in 2017.


Guitarist Smokey Hormel's recording and touring career includes work with Johnny Cash, Adele, Beck, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Norah Jones, Joe Strummer, Justin Timberlake, among many others.

Smokey leads his popular Western Swing band Smokey's Round‑Up at packed weekly shows at Sunny's bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His dynamic Afro‑Cuban group Smokey's Secret Family plays New York shows regularly.