Smoky Greenwell spent the 1970s playing harmonica with Furry Lewis, Piano Red, and Mose Vincent before becoming a sessions player at Sam Phillip’s Sun Studios. He came to attention in the 1980s in Blues Co-Op with Warren Haynes, then moved to New Orleans to play with the house band at the Old Absinthe House Bar on Bourbon St. From 1995-1997 Smoky toured internationally with WAR.
Smoky has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Spirit of Little Walter Award in 2017. He still fronts his own band of 20+ years, playing harmonica and saxophone, and resides in the French Quarter.
On July 4th, Smoky released his 12th CD, Blues and the Power of Peace. Three of the songs from the new CD are included in this application. Offbeat Magazine says of his new release: “A blistering recording. . . Johnny Neel’s killer keyboard rides, a crack-caliber studio band, matched up well with Greenwell’s heated harmonica”.