Songwriting and playing music has been a consuming passion for Gerry Spehar since he picked up his first guitar at age 14. “I never went on a date in high-school without my guitar,” he admits. If you look at the album artwork on I Hold Gravity, you’ll notice that there’s not one image of Spehar without a guitar except for the one in which he has his arm around his wife, Susan. “Ever since I can remember, I have always had one or the other –usually both –with me.” Susan was Spehar’s college sweetheart and his other consuming passion–and this album is a love letter to her.
I Hold Gravity is a collection of 10 songs on which he collaborated with Susan as they chronicled their final cross-country drives, their mountain heritage, and an L.A. to Texas landscape filled with shrimpers, dynamiters and wildcatters, wrestlers, roughnecks, overambitious farmers, and Monsanto lawyers. Spehar spent the past year producing and finishing this album and taking care of Susan, who passed from cancer in September, just as they were finishing the recordings.
Born and raised in Grand Junction, CO, during the 1970’s and 1980’s Spehar was based in Colorado and had a thriving musical career. He played as a duo with his brother George in the 70’s and in the Spehar Brothers Band with both George and brother Tom. He then performed solo until meeting Bobby Allison whom he began writing and performing with in 1981. During all this, Spehar opened shows for Merle Haggard, Boz Scaggs, Townes Van Zandt, John Fahey and others.
In 1985, Allison and Spehar played the Grand Ole Opry as regional winners of the Wrangler Country Showdown. The finals were held at the Opry and the duo lost out to the Sweethearts of the Rodeo but gained a publishing deal with the legendary Buzz Cason. In 1986, Allison went solo (winning the Showdown) and Spehar made the rough decision to leave performing behind to take an investment banking job in Los Angeles in order to support…