Welcome to the home of Olympia, WA-based blues rock band, Hurts Like Hell. Having shared stages with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, .38 Special and The Little River Band, Hurts Like Hell creates an electrifying, all-original rock and blues experience that draws on the rich sonic history of rock and roll in the sixties and seventies – Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Robin Trower and Bo Diddley. Sharing more than a century of experience performing professionally, the four band members have forged their authentic sound through a shared musical vision, a relentless passion for creating music and the expert use of increasingly rare vintage gear.

Hurts Like Hell’s most recent record, “Don’t Cry Wolf” is available now! Listen here.

Hurts Like Hell is:

Michael ‘Smitty’ Smith
Lead Vocals, Guitars

Chris Petersen
Vocals, Guitars

Doug Howard

Ben Hawkes
Drums, Vocals, Percussion



Date City Venue
06/01/19 Shelton, Washington Rockin’ The Forest Crossroads Housing Benefit
Time: 5:00pm. Admission: $10 cover. Youth ages 13 and under are FREE.. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1st & Grove St, Downtown (the old Mell Chev parking lot). Join Hurts Like Hell and The Psychedelic Shadow Show for “Rockin’ the Forest”! This is a family friendly event, benefitting Crossroads Housing, with food trucks and a beer garden. Music starts at 5pm, after the logging show at the 75th annual Forest Festival. Hurts Like Hell plays from 6-7pm. $10 cover. Youth ages 13 and under are free. Related post.
06/15/19 Shelton, Washington 2nd Annual Blues & Brews Festival
Time: 3:30pm. Admission: $5. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Evergreen Square, Railroad Ave, Downtown Shelton. Join Hurts Like Hell and a slew of other great PNW blues bands at the 2nd Annual Blues & Brews Festival in Downtown Shelton! HLH will play from 3:30-5pm. There will be plenty of local micro brews and ciders, food trucks, and commemorative t-shirts! Related post.



Hurts Like Hell offers a high-energy show featuring all original rock n’ roll with the blues at its roots! The band is made up of professional players with decades of experience entertaining audiences. Hurts Like Hell will make your next event unforgettable!

For booking inquiries, email hurtslikehellband@gmail.com


Hurts Like Hell Stage Plot