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Great Western Squares

The alt-country outfit the fantastic European Squares formed through the summer season of 1996 — originally a one-shot, impromptu project assembled by Gary Fitzpatrick (formerly from the noise music group Pincher Martin) to try out a “Johnny Money Appreciation Culture” showcase in Dublin, Ireland, the group’s debut performance went over so well it soon became a continuing concern. By Oct, the Squares had been playing on the every week basis, covering classics by everyone from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons to Jimmy Webb, and in early 1997 they documented the covers recording Judas Steer. A assortment of originals, Nearly Sober, adopted a year later on.

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