Andrew "Smokey" Hogg was born in Cushing, Texas, in 1914, and was an itinerant bluesman and cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins. He was also distantly related to Texas Alexander. He learned to play guitar as a teenager and began playing at local parties and picnics, often in the company of 'Black Ace' Turner. He was first recorded in 1937, cutting two sides for the Decca label. His career was interrupted by service in World War Two but he picked up his recording career on his discharge and released songs for the next 12 years for a variety of labels that included Specialty and Imperial. His two most successful releases were "long Tall Mama" and "Little School Girl". He continued to work the party and juke joint circuit in Texas and the west coast of California until his death in 1960.