The Urban Dictionary defines Swagger in the following way
How one presents him or her self to the world. Swagger is shown from how the person handles a situation. It can also be shown in the person’s walk.
As a lover of music, I hate to ever come off as a music snob. I know that music is subjective and it doesn’t matter to me if you connect with Bach or Ariana Grande, so long as you enjoy and relate to it. Sometimes, however, when someone tells me that they listen to country music, I immediately ask “Do you know Sturgill Simpson?” if they say no, Then I say; “Well then you don’t listen to country music”. I can’t help myself.
Quite honestly…”Sing Along”, the first single from his upcoming album Sound & Fury (Sept 27th) is probably one of the most badass songs I have ever heard. Even as I write these words, I have yet to stop playing it. Over and over and over. Combine that with a dystopian future anime video and what more could you really ask for? It’s no wonder Simpson is starting to develop a sense of swagger when it comes to his music.
When speaking recently with Rolling Stone Simpson had this to say (Via Rolling Stone)
“I was listening to a lot of hip-hop, and Black Sabbath, and the Cars, and old funk records and things,” he told Lowe. “We were in Detroit while we were making the record, and I was sort of writing it in real time and listening to a lot of Eminem. And I was just like, ‘Man, this guy gets to talk mad shit. How come we can’t do that?’ So I just sat down and wrote a bunch of mad shit talking songs about how fucking awesome we are. And then we recorded it.”
Sound & Fury is the follow-up to Simpson’s 2016 LP A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which was named Best Country Album at the 59th Grammys.
- Derek Jones
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It’s the kind of song I wish I had a motorcycle to jump on….and i am not even the type to want to ride a motorcycle.