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Biography

  • Years Active

    1995 – present (22 years)

  • Founded In

    Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States

  • Members

Willard Grant Conspiracy (WGC) was an alt-country band based near Palmdale, California, USA.

Originally formed by Robert Fisher and Paul Austin in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts, 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.

In 2002, Paul Austin started to play in The Transmissionary Six with Terri Moeller of The Walkabouts, and in 2011 he became a member of The Walkabouts.

Robert Fisher died of cancer on February 12, 2017.


Palmdale, California. Originally formed in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts The band operated as a collective, with vocalist Fisher the only permanent member. Fisher's voice and Americana style has been compared to both John Cale and Johnny Cash, with most songs being acoustic.

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