All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

ALBUM REVIEW: "Anger Management" by Gerry Spehar

Richard Barnes / Christine Spehar
"Anger Management" is Gerry Spehar's second studio album.
Fertile Ground Compost Service
Help support Red Dirt Report
Rusty's Score
4.5 Rustys

ALBUM REVIEW: Anger Management by Gerry Spehar (independent) 2018

In all honesty, before hearing Anger Management by longtime singer-songwriter Gerry Spehar, I was unfamiliar with his ramblin’ life and his whip-smart sensibilities and concern for his fellow human beings.

But Anger Management won me over after one listen.

So, following 2017's critically-acclaimed I Hold Gravity, featuring backing by the roots-rock band I See Hawks in LA, the current band of singer-songwriter Robert Rex Waller, Jr.

And while that former album was more about the unique cross-section of working-class folks and scoundrels and everyone in between, Spehar decided to put up a musical mirror to the current political nightmare unfolding daily under the toxic Trumpenfuhrer.

So, from the bluegrass notes that kick off “Thank You Donald,” a song about an American patriot at the end of his rope – and when he learns of Trump’s victory on Election Day 2016, decides to go on living and fight the bastard, tooth and nail! - to "Pearl Harbor," a folksy call for world peace, Spehar wonders if we will all finally decide to get along.

Oh, and on the former track, "Thank You Donald," I must say that banjo player John David’s plucking really add a lot to this track.

But it’s Spehar’s gritty passion that make Anger Management so kick ass! From the autobiographical “Son of an Immigrant” to "Freedom to Grab," about a misogynistic jerk grabbing at his wife's you-know-what, cuz, after all, it's ok if the president does it. 

Some of the standout tracks are “Except for the Bomb,” about the menacing silence of a Dakota nuclear missile silo to my absolute favorite – “Bitch Heaven” – a modern-day take on Woody Guthrie’s “Old Man Trump” which eviscerates the orange-faced buffoon now occupying the Oval Office.

Spehar sings: “I’m taking Woody to the end of my days / Ain’t no amount of money Old Man Trump can pay / Gonna change my mind, turn this ship around / Yeah, I’m takin’ Woody cause he’s standin’ on moral ground.”

And speaking of moral ground, Spehar wraps up Anger Management with "What Would Jesus Do?" and wondering aloud if Jesus would "build a wall," "wear a gun," "turn little kids away?" or "Vote for Trump"? I think we know the answer to Spehar's questions.

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About the Author

Andrew W. Griffin

Editor & Owner.

Andrew W. Griffin received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from...

read more

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About Red Dirt Report

Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

Member of the Oklahoma Press Association
Member of Investigative Reporters & Editors
Member of Diversity Business Association
Member of Uptown 23rd
Rotary Club of Bricktown OKC
Keep it Local OK