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

No shows currently scheduled



Smokey's Secret Family

Smokey Hormel’s surf guitar is featured on music from the dance halls of Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean of the 50s and 60s. Joyful horns and percussion keep everyone dancing all night long.


No Secret Family shows currently scheduled, check back soon

News and Other Info:


Mareme music video by Oumar Ndiaye

from the forthcoming album Soutoura
produced by Smokey Hormel

More Soutoura video and music here

Beck Hyperspace new release

Smokey plays on
Beck's Hyperspace LP
out now

Liner Note Legends interview

In–depth interview with Smokey talking 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. Part of the Liner Note Legends video series profiling veteran session musicians.

Buy Music:


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.