The Smokin' 45s

Rock and Blues Revue

Formed out of veterans of the Detroit music scene, the Smokin' 45s are bringing fans their special blend of Rock and Blues. Their live show takes the music up a notch, taking cues from the American electrified Chicago Blues sounds and adding their own zeal to the sounds in a nod to the British Blues and British Invasion movements homages to the established master. The Smokin' 45s borrow from the catalogs of those from which they've drawn their inspriation in their live shows and add their own music which stands tall next to that of their well-established influences. There's no room in these sets for long, drawn-out, self-indulgent solos. These sets are packed with heart-pumping, foot-stomping rock and blues with a distinctive Detroit drive.

The Smokin' 45s first came together in 2000. Over the next few months, they continued working on writing original material and finding tasty covers that well suited the sound they had assembled. The results were clear - this was the genesis of something that was moving forward. They began recording at Stony Creek Studios in Rochester, Michigan in late 2002 with Jeff LaDuke at the dials. Twelve songs later, the band had tracks for a CD. They released their debut CD "Anywhere But Here..." in 2003. Distributing the release themselves on , they've been able to reach listeners in France, Belgium, England, Holland, Norway, Argentina, Poland as well as fans across the US and Canada.

In 2004, The Smokin' 45s began booking shows more regularly and playing shows that got them more attention. The band had been writing material since their initial release and once 2010 rolled around, the band started working on a new CD in the summer and fall months between their roster of shows. Then in late 2010/early 2011, they were back at Stony Creek Studios commencing work on their new release, "Trouble Again".

With invitations to the several key festival shows in the Southeast Michigan area added to the roster of bar gigs, things started moving ahead for them. Their momentum kept moving into 2005 and beyond - more festivals, more bar gigs, more parties, more songs. The band had the honor of being accepted into the Michgan Humanties Council 2012-2015 Arts and Humanites Touring Directory and are now again please to be part of this esteemed program for 2018-2021

Great music - tight, lively shows. These guys are determined to separate themselves from the sea of also-rans and has-beens. Pick up a CD or go check 'em out and see for yourself.

Paul Hoffman
lead vocals and harmonica

Ken Christie
bass and vocals

Dave Remkus
guitar and vocals

Dale Morgan
guitar and vocals

Jerry Bazil
drums and percussion