Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots perform “Sky Elevator Machine.”

Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots are a five-piece band that combine vintage jazz, swing and rockabilly with a bit of theater. According to their bio, the band was “imported duty free from the year 2470 to entertain,” and they strive to combine their 25th century pop sensibilities with 1920’s New Orleans Jazz. “The first time you listen to the radio in your flying car, it will be Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots,” the band writes on their BandCamp page.

The five-piece is made up of Andrew Fletcher (keys), Jon Corbin (guitar), Leo Johnson (bass), Mike Gray (drums) and trumpeter and vocalist Hank West. They released their six-track EP, Starship Nighthawk, in March of last year before kicking off their ongoing tour. You can catch them in Asheville tonight at 5 Walnut Wine Bar at 8 p.m.

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This video web series is produced by Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music. Check back each week for a new video featuring Asheville and WNC musicians.

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