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Upcoming Shows:


Los Angeles shows!

Smokey Hormel
at McCabe’s Guitar Shop

3101 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA

  • Friday April 26

8pm

Smokey Hormel
at 1642 Bar

1642 West Temple street Los Angeles, CA

  • Saturday April 27th

9:30 to Midnight

Smokey Hormel
at DiPiazza’s

5205 E Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA.

  • Sunday April 28

5:30 - 8:00pm tickets $10


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 show April 24
  • May 1
  • May 8
  • May 15
  • May 22
  • May 29

NEW earlier showtime
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 shows currently scheduled, check back soon

News and Other Info:


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New Jenny Lewis album

On The Line


Smokey plays guitar on Jenny Lewis'new album
Produced by Beck

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New Bedouine album

Bird Songs of a Killjoy


Smokey plays guitar on Bedouine's second album

Coming soon - released May 31 on Spacebomb records

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.