The superb (we don't use that lightly, they are quite superb) Day Trotter website has made available a session they recorded with the Duke & The King. The Day Trotter newsletter explains that "They'd come from Indianapolis and were running two hours late-- they said because they took a wrong turn, but we think it was more the rich guy they'd met the day before who had a country home and a lake." It all came together to find the band in fine fine form, recording five songs for the site.
SHORN of the large, grey-flecked beard which was once his trademark, Willard Grant Conspiracy's leader Robert Fisher cuts a less imposing figure these days. Where once he resembled a grizzled mountain man, now he's simply a Bostonian barroom troubadour, although the delicate, acoustic alt-country style remains.
On their last trip to the UK shores, The Duke & the King spoke to The Guardian's James Medd. That interview ran in full in yesterdays paper.
Are they a revivalist folk-soul band or a religious cult? Either way, this charismatic three-piece are on a mission from God
On a late spring evening in west London, on stage amid the restored Edwardian splendour of Bush Hall, Simone Felice was a man possessed – as transfixing as a cult leader, testifying about Jesus, Gandhi and Elvis. This morning, just down the road in Chiswick in the kitchen of his record company boss, he seems a different man.
The music group The Duke and the King recently played music off their first CD, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" at the City Winery in Manhattan. The band is a side project for Simon Felice, who ordinarily can be found in the roots rock alt-country Felice Brothers.
When a band starts reworking old material on album, it usually reveals a waning in creativity. The Willard Grant Conspiracy has, however, always been an unusual act. ‘Paper Covers Stone’, their eighth studio album, which is predominantly a collection of old songs in new arrangements, far from having a sparseness of fresh ideas, in contrast shows a whole abundance of them.
Released this coming (bank Holiday) Monday (31st August) is the brand new album by California (Via Boston's) Willard Grant Conspiracy.Paper Covers Stone is available RIGHT NOW from the Loose Shop and ships with an exclusive CD copy of the "Trunk in the Attic" EP that will only be available at WGC live shows.