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Guitarist Smokey Hormel is known for his work with Johnny Cash, Adele, Beck, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Norah Jones, and more

Smokey's Round‑Up brings Western Swing to Brooklyn with live shows every week


Smokey's Round‑up

The Round-Up is back!
Raucous Western Swing with virtuoso guitar, Smokey’s Round-Up is a late-night dance party happening at Red Hook’s beloved Sunny’s Bar.


Wednesday nights at
Sunny's 253 Conover St., Red Hook, Brooklyn map

  • May 18
  • No show May 25 & June 1
  • June 8
  • June 15
  • June 22
  • June 29

2 sets 8pm and 9pm
shows are outdoors, weather permitting

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Also appearing at:
Court Square Block Party 43-15 Crescent Street, Long Island City

  • Sunday June 19 12- 7pm

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Smokey plays guitar on Painting With John

Season 2 of John Lurie's HBO series – new episodes streaming now


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Smokey plays on Yebba's album Dawn

Her acclaimed debut produced by Mark Ronson


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Soutoura by Oumar Ndiyae

Produced by Smokey

Senegalese singer/songwriter Oumar Ndiyae’s new album Soutoura features Smokey on guitar

10 song album released on bandcamp

More about Smokey's collaboration with Oumar Ndiyae at Souturamusic.com

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Mareme music video by Oumar Ndiaye


Smokey plays on Carsie Blanton's Be Good

From her album Love & Rage


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:

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Smokey's Secret Family

Smokey Hormel and his stellar New York band resurrect 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

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. Vinyl reissue in 2017.