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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


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New! 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

recording Soutoura

Mareme music video by Oumar Ndiaye


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Smokey is featured on Joe Strummer's Assembly

A brand new collection of Strummer's best solo material

Smokey and Joe co-wrote The Long Shadow during recording sessions for Johnny Cash's American IV: When the Man Comes Around. The new album also features Smokey on Joe's version of Redemption Song


Smokey plays on Carsie Blanton's Be Good

From her 2021 album Love & Rage


Smokey is featured on Bettye Lavette's version of Strange Fruit

From Blackbirds, her 2020 album

Read about the Steve Jordan produced recording on NPR


Smokey plays on Beck's Hyperspace album

After playing on 5 previous Beck albums (Mutations, Midnight Vultures, Sea Change, Guero, and Morning Phase) Smokey joins Beck on the Pharrell-produced 2020 release


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'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.