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Karl Werne

Name Karl Werne
BandKarl Werne & Friends and BiG WiDE GRiN
Genre Americana, Folk, Rock, Singer - Songwriter
Capo(s) used Performance 2, Performance Original
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Karl Werne has been entertaining the Hampton Roads area of Virginia since he was 16. Eight years with The Lewis McGehee Group and four years with his own Instant Karma have made him a local favorite. A highlight of that time was performing as the opening act for Bruce Hornsby's Grammy-winning "The Way It Is" tour.

In 1995, Karl teamed up with saxophonist, Eddie Williams, a partnership that would prove to have a profound impact. Now playing acoustic guitar, this new exploration of improvisation and creativity would shape a unique sound later complimented by some of the area's finest musicians, including electric guitarist Curtis Eley, TR3 drummer Dan Martier, jazz professor John Toomey on piano and Scott Slay from Big Virginia Sky on mandolin.

Also during these years, a powerful three-part-harmony trio of singer/songwriters, armed with positive lyrics and diverse backgrounds came together as a travelling band known as Elaine, Lambert & Karl. After enjoying immediate success with a debut CD and a tour with friend and mentor Keb' Mo', they settled on an official band name of "BiG WiDE GRiN". BWG is now working on their 4th CD and continues touring as a duo, occasionally teaming up with singer/songwriter/producer and friend Tom Prasada-Rao.

Karl's original songwriting won him first place for online voting ('Monkey Do') and first place in the finals ('Flow') of the Fishman National Songwriting Competition held in Atlanta, GA in 2011. He won VEER Magazine's award for Best Music Video in 2013 with a video of his song 'Love & Fear', and Best Acoustic/Folk in 2016.

Karl's new all original CD, "This Little Notebook", has been a long time in the making. The project features performances by many of his friends and musical heroes, including Tim Reynolds from the Dave Matthews Band, and Chris Gage (Jerry Jeff Walker).

Karl has the honor of writing the official anthem/theme song for NASA's Centennial celebration this year with a scheduled performance with the Air Force Heritage Band at The Ferguson Center in Newport News, VA on May 18th, 2017.