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Willard Grant Conspiracy


Interviews


Interview with David Michael Curry (2019)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview with David Michael Curry

Willard Grant Conspiracy viola player David Michael Curry talks to John Clarkson about its tenth and final album 'Untethered' which was completed after the death of its front man Robert Fisher during its recording.


Interview (2013)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Willard Grant Conspiracy front man Robert Fisher and viola player David Michael Curry about their extraordinary new album 'Ghost Republic', which takes a lot of its inspiration from a ghost town in Fisher's native California


Interview (2009)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview

At a show in Edinburgh, Robert Fisher from the Willard Grant Conspiracy speaks to John Clarkson about the split reaction to his band's last album, 'Pilgrim Road', and their just released eighth album 'Paper Covers Stone', which features both reworked old songs and also new material


Interview (2008)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview

The Willard Grant Conspiracy's latest album, 'Pilgrim Road', has found singer Robert Fisher's collective working with Scottish composer and orchestral arranger Malcolm Lindsay. He speaks to John Clarkson about the collaboration and the new album


Interview with Robert Fisher (2006)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview with Robert Fisher

The Willard Grant Conspiracy have just released their sixth studio album 'Let It Roll', which has elements of both psychedelia and punk. Frontman Robert Fisher talks to John Clarkson about its making and recording.


Interview with Robert Fisher (2003)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview with Robert Fisher

The last three years have been times of particular turbulence for the Willard Grant Conspiracy. Back for a third interview with Pennyblackmusic, frontman Robert Fisher talks to John Clarkson about them and the band's new album, 'Regard the End'


Interview Part 2 (2000)



PB : Who will be going on the European tour with the band ? RF : I wanted to bring a full band this time, so we are going out with seven members. All of the opening acts will be playing with us a


Robert Fisher Interview (2000)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Robert Fisher Interview

On April 19th Robert Fisher, singer with Boston band The Willard Grant Conspiracy, was in London to promote the group's's new album, 'Mojave', and gave an interview to Pennyblackmusic.


Interview Part 1 (2000)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Interview Part 1

First formed in 1996,The Willard Grant Conspiracy are often bracketed and tagged as a alternative county act. While like other groups and musicians working in the genre they use roots-based instruments such as mandolins, banjos, strings, accordions and h


Live

Garage, London, 18/9/2009

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Garage, London, 18/9/2009

In an evening fraught with difficulties and distractions, Ben Howarth at the Garage in London watches Robert Fisher's Willard Grant Conspiracy, against the odds and a heavily reduced stage time, play a riveting and forceful set


Majestic Theater, Detroit, 24/9/2009

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Majestic Theater, Detroit, 24/9/2009

Carl Bookstein at the Majestic Theater in Detroit watches much acclaimed alt. country band Son Volt play a poetically lyrical and passionately explosive set


Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 18/5/2008

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 18/5/2008

At the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, Ben Howarth watches a twelve-piece, multi-national version of Robert Fisher's ever revolving collective the Willard Grant Conspiracy, out on the road to promote their new 'Pilgrim Road' album, play a spellbinding set


Luminaire, London, 9/11/2007

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Luminaire, London, 9/11/2007

Anthony Strutt finds the Willard Grant Conspiracy on superb form as they both play a heartfelt and very human set at the Luminaire in London


Dingwalls,, London, 9/5/2006

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Dingwalls,, London, 9/5/2006

The Willard Grant Conspiracy recently toured Europe to promote their new album 'Let It Roll' with frontman Robert Fisher's fellow Californian Steve Wynn as a support act. Anthony Strutt watches both bands play passionate sets at Dingwall's in London


Edinburgh Village, 11/7/2002

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Edinburgh Village, 11/7/2002

WGC frontman Robert Fisher ; Steve Wynn and Silos vocalist Walter Salas-Humara recently got together to tour Britain and Ireland. John Clarkson revels in "a rare chance to catch three remarkable songwriters at their most intimate and stripped down"


Features

Ten Songs That Made Me Love... (2017)

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' John Clarkson pays tribute to Robert Fisher from the Willard Grant Conspiracy, who died at the age of 59 in February and who we interviewed many times and headlined our Bands Nights on four occasions


Reviews


Untethered (2019)


Evocative tenth album from Willard Grant Conspiracy which features the last recordings of its front man Robert Fisher who died in early 2017


Paper Covers Stone (2009)


Magnificent montage of reworkings of already classic material and instantly essential new songs on enthralling eighth studio album from the Willard Grant Conspiracy


Regard The End (2003)


Spectacular long awaited fifth album from the American alt. rock ensemble, the Willard Grant Conspiracy, which, despite being largely about death, proves to be against-the-odds curiously life affirming


Everything's Fine (2001)


The Willard Grant Conspiracy have never been interested in making the same album twice. From the near psychedelia of their 1996 debut album '3 a.m. Sunday at Fortune Otto's' to the brooding, thrashed


Mojave (2001)


The Willard Grant Conspiracy's third and latest album, 'Mojave', has just been released. Evocative and emotively charged, it is a lyrical and compelling 'new country' mood piece with a timeless, float


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One of Britain's most prolific session musicians, Simon J. Alpin is also a producer and has worked with both the Willard Grant Conspiracy and Grand Drive. With Alpin's debut solo album, 'On the Wire' just out, John Clarkson speaks to him about the different strands of his career


Pete Weiss
Interview Pete Weiss - Interview

Producer, engineer and mixer Pete Weiss, back for a third interview with Pennyblackmusic, chats to John Clarkson about his new open concept studio Verdant which is based in New England, and his current three very different groups, the Weisstronauts, Sool and Orange Nichole


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Interview with Robert Fisher Willard Grant Conspi - Interview with Robert Fisher

The Willard Grant Conspiracy recently released a remastered 17 track "short history", 'There But for the Grace of God'. Back for a fourth interview with Pennyblackmusic, frontman Robert Fisher talks to John Clarkson about it and the songs on it's making


The Transmissionary Six
Interview with Paul Austin and Terri Moeller Transmissionary Six - Interview with Paul Austin and Terri Moeller

The project of Walkabouts' drummer Terri Moeller and former Willard Grant Conspiracy guitarist Paul Austin, Transmissionary Six are about to release a second album, 'Spooked'.John Clarkson speaks to them about it and their forthcoming first European tour


Transmissionary Six
Interview with Paul Austin Transmissionary Six - Interview with Paul Austin

Ex-Willard Grant Conspiracy guitarist , Paul Austin has recently formed a new band Transmissionary Six with Walkabouts' drummer Terri Moeller. In the band's first interview, he talks to John Clarkson about the band's eponymous debut album.


Pete Weiss
Interview Pete Weiss - Interview

Pete Weiss is one of the most important and influential members of the Boston independent music scene. An established and highly respected record producer, mixer and engineer, he is the co-owner of Zi


Profiles

Profile
Pete Weiss Pete Weiss - Pete Weiss

John Clarkson finds Vermont-based producer and musician Pete Weiss to have moved away from his surrealist humorous past and to be in more serious frame of mind on both his bands, the Weisstronauts and Sool's latest EPs, 'The Wisstronauts in Memphis' and 'A Touch of Sool'


V/A
Orange Blossom 10 Miscellaneous - Orange Blossom 10

John Clarkson finds a three hour double DVD about the 10th Orange Blossom Special, the festival of the German label Glitterhouse, and which featured sets from the Walkabouts, the Great Crusades, Big Bang, Seachange and Robert Fisher of the Willard Grant Conspiracy, totally riveting


Glitterhouse
Interview with Lutz Mastmeyer Miscellaneous - Interview with Lutz Mastmeyer

The largest indie label in Germany, Glitterhouse includes on its roster the Willard Grant Conspiracy, the Walkabouts,16 Horsepower and Rocket from the Tombs. Second-in-charge Lust Mastmayer chats about its history and recent 20th anniversary celebrations


Features

Willard Grant Conspiracy/Big Hogg
The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 10/9/2015 and The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, 11/9/2015 Willard Grant Conspiracy/Big Hogg - The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 10/9/2015 and The  Wee  Red Bar, Edinburgh, 11/9/2015

We profile our next Pennyblackmusic Bands Nights which will feature the Willard Grant Conspiracy and Big Hogg at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow on Thursday 10th September and the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh on Friday 11th September


Pennyblackmusic Bands Night
Half Moon, London, 3/11/2012

Dominic Simpson looks back on our Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night on November 3rd at the Half Moon in Herne Hill in South London, which saw sets from the Willard Grant Conspiracy, Rotifer, Bromide and NOW


Profile
Pennyblackmusic Bands Night Miscellaneous - Pennyblackmusic Bands Night

We profile our next Penny Black Music Bands' Night, which will take place on Saturday November 3rd at the Half Moon in Herne Hill, South London and feature sets from the Willard Grant Conspiracy, Rotifer, Bromide and NOW


Photoscapes
Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night, 29/10/2010 Hold Your Horse Is - Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night, 29/10/2010

Matt Williams provides previously unseen photographs of the Willard Grant Conspiracy, the Monroe Transfer and Adam Donen at our last Bands' Night in October of last year


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London, 29/10/2010 Miscellaneous - London, 29/10/2010

Mark Rowland writes of an enjoyable evening of music at the Pennyblackmusic Bands Night at the Half Moon, Herne Hill, South London which saw sets from the Willard Grant Conspiracy, the Monroe Transfer, Adam Donen and Altai Rockets


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Penny Black Music Bands Night, 29/10/2010 Miscellaneous - Penny Black Music Bands Night, 29/10/2010

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