News and Info:


New! Smokey's guitar featured on Bettye Lavette's version of Strange Fruit

From her upcoming album Blackbirds

Read about the recording on NPR


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


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.

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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.

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.