Singer-songwriter JP Harris has a new album due out on Friday (Oct. 5), and in advance of the project's release, he's sharing one of its tracks exclusively with The Boot's readers. Press play below to hear "Hard Road."

"Hard Road" uses three different characters in its three different verses to illustrate its moral: "If you can't be good, be quick," according to Harris. The artist says each person in the song comes from "a mostly true story," but old country and blues songs also influenced the tune, set to a rockabilly melody.

"This song came to me literally in a fever dream," Harris adds to The Boot.

"Hard Road" is one of 10 songs on Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing, due out on Free Dirt Records on Oct. 5. It's Harris' third album, produced by Old Crow Medicine Show member Morgan Jahnig, and is available for pre-order now.

Harris released his debut album in 2012, following years working as a farmhand and carpenter, among other jobs. His bio reports that he still takes on carpentry jobs, in between his musical responsibilities. Readers can visit Harris' official website to learn more about his music and upcoming tour dates.

Listen to JP Harris' "Hard Road"