Knicks owner James Dolan drops blues single about Trayvon Martin

James Dolan at a New York Knicks press conference in March. 

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Ever since James L. Dolan has brought in Phil Jackson to New York to run the show, the 59-year-old Knicks owner (also the President and CEO of Cablevision) has said he’s scaling back his time with the NBA organization. It’s allowed him to focus on other pursuits, like his gig as the singer in a country blues band called JD & the Straight Shot.

This month, Dolan’s band is dropping its latest release, "Where I’ve Been," an album in which a New York Times profile says "Dolan croons about politics and race, love and mortality."  

"There’s literally nowhere I won’t go," Dolan told the NYT about his musical reach. 

Apparently so. In addition to songs with titles such as "Hard to Find" and "Fall From Grace," "Where I’ve Been" includes a bluesy single called "Under That Hood" that delves into the death of Trayvon Martin.

The track alternates perspectives between the 17-year-old Martin ("It’s all good / Under my hood / So misunderstood") and shooter George Zimmerman ("Who’s that walking a shadowy street? / Looks like trouble from a judgment seat / There’s no good under that hood") as it ruminates on what Dolan considers an American tragedy. 

The lyrics of the song are listed below: 

JD & the Straight Shot are taking their new material on the road as they open for the Eagles at a few East Coast concerts, including two dates at Madison Square Garden. A venue that Dolan just happens to own.