JD & The Straight Shot Take Listeners to the Betting Booth With 'Run for Me': Premiere

Kristin Barlowe
JD & The Straight Shot 

Americana quintet JD & The Straight Shot channel the thrills of horseracing and an Irish folk-meets-country soundscape in "Run For Me," the lead single off the group's upcoming album Good Luck And Good Night premiering exclusively with Billboard.

With a galloping pace, rapid violin and husky vocals, the song tells the story of a trip to the horse race tracks, leaving listeners wagering their own bets as the beat thuds on. 

"'Run For Me' is another step in our evolution as a band," frontman Jim Dolan tells Billboard. "It incorporates the roots acoustic sound from Ballyhoo!, and goes further to add layered melodies and rhythms as well as a touch of Celtic sound derived from our tours in Ireland. As with most of our songs, there is a story in the lyrics."

The saying rings true for the rest of Good Luck And Good Night, which ruminates on everything from the divisive state of news reporting in the title track to forbidden love, Maya Angelou and Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Story. 

The all-acoustic album will mark the group's sixth studio LP since launching in 2005 at the hands of Dolan, who also serves as executive chairman at Madison Square Garden and owns the New York Knicks. Notably, the album is set to include a cover of "It's Your World Now" by the Eagles, who JD & The Straight Shot opened for at Madison Square Garden in 2014.

Stream "Run For Me" in full below and look out for Good Luck and Good Night, which drops Sept. 15.