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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 plays on Cross That Line

a new song by Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit

Read about it at Rolling Stone magazine


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

From 74 year-old singer's new album Blackbirds

Read about the Steve Jordan produced recording on NPR


Mareme music video by Oumar Ndiaye

from the forthcoming Soutoura album produced by Smokey Hormel

More music and video of Smokey's collaboration with the Senegalese singer/guitarist here


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.