BiG WiDE GRiN
Thu, December 21, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
“BiG WiDE GRiN … Good singing. Great songs and the hardest working band in folk music.” - Keb’ Mo’
This bi-coastal duo of Elaine Dempsey & Karl Werne from California and Virginia bring diverse backgrounds, an array or instruments, award winning songwriting, and a positive message together to form a rich blend of character and harmony which is ... BIG WIDE GRIN.
This traveling duo plays anywhere: festivals, concert tours, listening venues, house concerts and have shared the stage, collectively, with artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Tim Reynolds, Janis Ian, Harriett Schock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, and toured with legendary blues man Keb’ Mo’.
Their most recent seasonal CD, “Holiday” features arrangers and studio musicians from across the country, proving to be the most diverse self-produced musical endeavor from this group so far. Guest artists include ODU Jazz Professor John Toomey, former Kool & The Gang bassist, Dana Silvercloud and Dan Martier from Tim Reynolds’ TR3.
BWG’s “Live” release is a collection of original and cover material that have become trademark favorites of their live performances from the likes of Steve Earle and Tracy Chapman to Sly & The Family Stone.
Their debut CD, “Live Simple, Breathe Deep” (released under previous group name: “E.L.K.”) was produced by Clayton Gibb (Keb’ Mo’ band) and features Mark Andes (Spirit, Canned Heat), Rob Hooper (Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Cha Cha Friedken (Keb’ Mo’ band) and saxophonist Eddie Williams.
BiG WiDE GRiN