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Upcoming Shows:


Smokey's Round‑up

Wednesdays at Sunny's in Red Hook

253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklynmap

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.

  • October 18
  • October 25

3 sets starting at 10pm


Julie Wilson art show up at Sunny's now!

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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.