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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 in Red Hook

253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklyn map

  • December 13
  • December 20
  • December 27

3 sets starting at 10pm


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, Tony Mola and 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

  • Saturday December 16

9 - 11:30 pm


At Barbès in Park Slope

376 9th St.(corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn map

  • Friday December 29

10pm - 12


At Sunny's in Red Hook

253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklyn map

  • Friday December 15

10pm - 1


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Tuki Buki Three

With Issa Sow and Ngore

At Issyra Gallery in Hoboken

300 Observer Hwy, Hoboken NJ map

  • Friday December 22

News and Other Info:


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Smokey interviewed about recording with Johnny Cash

Smokey talks about his work on Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt in Ron Padgett's brand new book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time.

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Smokey plays on the new Bedouine album

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Azniv Korkejian's self-titled debut album of wistful, delicate folk features Smokey on guitar. Produced by Gus Seyfert and released by Spacebomb records

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Smokey & Miho
vinyl reissue

Originally released on CD in 2003, The Two Eps features vocals by Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, with bossa nova guitar by Smokey. First time vinyl release issued by Vareses Serabend, includes the rare track Nana previously only available on the original Japanese release.

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Smokey's Livingston
featured on the score of
Certain Women

the 2016 film by Kelly Reichardt


Livingston by Smokey Hormel

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

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  • 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.

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Smokey & Miho

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  • 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.