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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

253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklyn map

  • the rest of August and September off – next show Oct 16

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, Tony Mola and Meia Noite on percussion, Doug Weiselman on clarinet (and baritone-sax), and Clark Gayton on trombone.


No Secret Family shows currently scheduled, check back soon

News and Other Info:


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 June 15 radio broadcast


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Upcoming 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

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New Jenny Lewis album

On The Line


Smokey plays guitar on Jenny Lewis' 2019 release
Produced by Beck

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New Bedouine album

Bird Songs of a Killjoy


Smokey plays guitar on Bedouine's second LP

released 2019

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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.

Buy on Amazon

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.

Buy Music:


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Smokey's Secret Family

  • buy from ITUNES
  • buy from AMAZON
  • 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

  • buy from ITUNES
  • buy from AMAZON
  • 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.