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
08/30/19 Lacey, Washington UFO Fest 2019 | Thurston County Fairgrounds
Time: 9:15pm. Admission: $7/Day OR $10/3-Day Pass. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3054 Carpenter Rd SE. Hurts Like Hell is excited to return to UFO Fest for our second year! We’ll be headlining Friday night, starting at 9:15pm, but DON’T MISS our friends in Altai (6-7pm) and Retrojade (7-9pm)! Get there early to catch all the other activities, speakers and symposiums throughout the day! Related post. Buy Tickets
09/13/19 Olympia, WA Rhythm & Rye
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 311 Capitol Way N. Venue phone: (360) 705-0760. We’re thrilled to return to the Rhythm and Rye, Friday, September 13, sharing a bill with Stone Riot! Can’t wait! Related post.
09/27/19 Fife, Washington Louie G’s Pizza
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5219 Pacific Hwy E. We’re excited to return to Louie G’s Pizza in Fife! More details to come. Related post.
10/05/19 Shelton, WA Oysterfest 2019
Time: 2:30pm. Admission: $7/Day • Kids 7 and under FREE. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 250 W Sanderson Way. Hurts Like Hell is thrilled to return to Oysterfest! This year, we’ll be playing from 2:30-4pm. Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October. Buy Tickets



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