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Mill Valley, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1996 | INDIE

Mill Valley, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1996
Duo Folk Acoustic


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“Big Wide Grin ... Good singing. Great songs and the hardest working band in folk music.” Keb’ Mo’

"Take three supremely talented performers, throw in a generous portion of intelligent and heartfelt songwriting, add a dash of wit and charm, then sit yourself down to a spellbinding evening of top-notch entertainment with Big Wide Grin ... guaranteed to put one on every face." BJ Leiderman, theme composer, National Public Radio

“Big Wide Grin is well named. Their groove and their vibe will put a big smile on your face and in your heart.” Freebo

“...authentic. The genuineness of the love they give to the audience and each other is captured on their new wonderful CD. I’m proud to be represented on the CD with a song, which they do so well, I’d rather hear them do it than sing it myself.” Harriet Schock, platinum songwriter/recording artist/author

“Elaine, Lawrence and Karl are blessed with the desire to make a difference, the gifts of charisma and talent that compel us to listen, and an understanding of music, song, life and art ... all of this they share with us ... joyously. Big Wide Grin is a delight." April Grace, actress. - Peace It Together Press


Big Wide Grin - "Holiday" (2007)
Big Wide Grin - "Big Wide Grin- Live" (2003)
ELK (now known as "Big Wide Grin")- "Live Simple Breathe Deep" (2000)
Big Wide Grin "Peace Songs for a Better World" - compilation CD (2003)
Elaine Dempsey - "miselaineous" (1995)
Karl Werne - "Karl Werne & Eddie Williams Live" (1999)
Karl Werne produced, engineered and appears on The Calypso Nuts' "Six More Weeks" (2001)
Karl Werne appears on Lewis McGehee's "Distant Voices" (1990)
L.E. Lambert & Karl Werne appear on Julie Clark's "Feel Free" (2003)
L.E. Lambert appears on "Boomtown"
Elaine Dempsey appears on John Haley Walker's "Love Again" (1999)
Elaine Dempsey - "Future Schock" - compliation of songs produced by Harriet Schock. (2003)
Elaine Dempsey - "LA Women In Music" compilation CD. (2000)
Elaine, Lambert & Karl - "G.I.N.A. For Missing Persons" compilation CD - fundraising effort..



This bi-coastal duo of Elaine Dempsey & Karl Werne, from California and Virginia, bring diverse backgrounds of experience and music together to form a rich, soulful blend of character and deep harmony. It will move you to an understanding of their name: BIG WIDE GRIN.

They are constantly on the move- whether at festivals, concert series, shows, or select house concerts and have shared the stage, collectively, with such artists as Janis Ian, Harriett Schock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, Bruce Hornsby and toured with legendary blues man Keb' Mo'.

Their most recent seasonal CD, “Holiday” features a wide variety of world class arrangers and studio musicians from both coasts, 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 n 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" 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 Eddie Williams.

BWG is currently recording tracks for a new release expected this year.

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