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ALBUM REVIEW: "I Hold Gravity" by Gerry Spehar

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In one form of another, Gerry Spehar was one of the biggest acts in the '70s Colorado music scene, nobly giving it all up sometime in the '80s to focus on his family, which, if you’ve ever been to Colorado, is absolutely living the dream. It’s about three decades later, however, and he’s finally returned back to the scene with I Hold Gravity, a diverse collection of ten tunes dedicated to his wife Susan.

And quite the tight collection it is, a travelogue of America and Americana, the sorted and sordid tales of its characters and caricatures, barreling right in from the churning opening cut “Dirt,” a paean to the ditch-diggers of this country with its oft-repeated lines of “Dirt, dirt, shovel ‘til you hurt” bringing it all back home. Meanwhile, the back-porch twang of “Muleshoe Mules” is a sweet-enough hymn to driving through small towns, while the big love of the title track is a heartfelt and, more importantly, thoroughly mature tribute to a lifelong love affair.

A juke-joint piano body-slams some overzealous swagger in the wrestling tribute “Be Nemanic,” a beer-swiggin’ good time working overtime as the traumatic character study of “Holy Moses Doughboy” is a cadence-laden story of war come home that brings things to a halt long enough to catch some breath. But it’s the absolute double-duty Band-esque beauty of the Gulf Coast tribute “Here in the Pass” and, especially, the lush wind-through-the-hair closer “Into the Mystic,” wistfully recalling a time when things seemed more important than they probably really were.

It’s all especially heartbreaking when learning that Spehar’s beloved passed last year as they were recording I Hold Gravity and, while I’m sure that would bring most other performers plummeting back down to Earth with a thud, Spehar’s soulful tribute allows the proceedings to ascend to Heaven without looking back, pure gravitas for Gravity all the way.

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