Bruce Springsteen and Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky are sending a strong message to President Donald Trump with a new anthem called “That’s What Makes Us Great.”
The track — a gritty song Gruschecky wrote after the inauguration in January — lifts the President’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan as an answer record taking lyrical aim at the administration’s positions on immigration.
“I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking. I sent it to him and he liked it. I said, ‘What do you think about singing on it?,’” Gruschecky told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He gave it the Bruce treatment.”
“[Trump] lost me the moment he started making fun of special needs people. How could a person like that be president of the United States? Regardless of all the other [stuff], that to me is appalling,” he continued. “I have special needs people in my family and in my neighborhood. I worked with special needs people my whole life and I was really offended by it.”
The song, which was recorded with Rick Witkowski, Brian Coleman and Johnny Gruschecky, was finished after Springsteen emailed his vocals from New Jersey.
Gruschecky and Springsteen have a long history together, first collaborating on the 1995 album American Babylon and later on the Pittsburgh rocker’s 2009 album East Carson Street. Springsteen also took home a rock performance Grammy in 2005 for a live version of the 1997 co-write, “Code of Silence.” The Houserockers laid down the track with Rick Witkowski, Brian Coleman and Grushecky’s son Johnny producing. Springsteen, who wrapped up a world tour with the E Street band in February, emailed his part from Jersey.
The song is now available for download at grushecky.com. Joe Gruschecky and the Houserockers will appear this summer at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ. on July 8.