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Biography

  • Born

    9 September 1957

  • Died

    13 February 2017 (aged 59)

Robert Fisher (born Robert Neil Fisher on 9 September 1957; died 12 February 2017) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist with Willard Grant Conspiracy (WGC), an alt-country band based near Palmdale, California, USA.

WGC was originally formed by Robert Fisher and Paul Austin in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts. Subsequently, the band operated as a collective, with vocalist Fisher the only permanent member throughout its existence. Up to 30 other musicians occasionally contributed to the band, both in the studio and during live performances. WGC was signed to the independent label Loose, having previously released on Rykodisc, Glitterhouse Records and Kimchee Records. Fisher's voice and Americana style have been compared to both John Cale and Johnny Cash, with most songs being acoustic.

The band toured extensively in 2005 and 2006 visiting 23 countries, including a showcase at the South by Southwest music festival. They continued to tour in the US and occasionally in Europe and the UK until 2016.

The band's 2003 release Regard The End, featuring Kristin Hersh as well as Chris Eckman of The Walkabouts, received critical acclaim with Uncut magazine naming it Album of the Month. The band continued to tour in the US, and occasionally in Europe and the UK, until 2016

Fisher also toured with Curry as a duo, and performed as a solo artist and with other musicians including Scottish singer-songwriter Jackie Leven and arranger and composer Malcolm Lindsay.

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