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|Origin||North Carolina, United States|
|Labels||Blue Rose Records, Sire/WEA Records, Ardent Records|
Jolene is an alternative rock band based in North Carolina. Often described as alt-country, the band despises the term, and refuses to be labeled as such. They can otherwise be described as a rock band with country music inflections.
- Dave Burris - guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
- John Crooke - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
- Mike Kennerly - drums, percussion
- Rodney Lanier - keyboards, pedal steel guitar
- Mike Mitschele - bass guitar, bass synth, programming
After discovering a cassette copy of R.E.M.'s Fables of the Reconstruction, John Crooke was inspired to form a band with his cousin Dave Burris, and two long-time friends, Mike Kennerly and Mike Mitschele. After touring for six months, Jolene was spotted at a show in Nashville and signed to Memphis-based independent label Ardent Records, where they recorded their debut LP, Hell's Half Acre, released in 1996.
Jolene signed with the major label Sire Records eighteen months later. With Sire, they released their second LP In The Gloaming in 1998. The band expanded to a five-piece during this time, with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Rodney Lanier.
In 1999, Jolene joined Blue Rose Records, and released two albums on that label.
John Crooke and Dave Burris are currently involved with the LA-based band Lamps.
Lanier died on December 9, 2011, from cancer, at the age of 44.
|1996||Hell's Half Acre||Ardent|
|1998||In The Gloaming||Sire Records|
|2000||Antic Ocean||Blue Rose Records|
|2002||The Pretty Dive||Blue Rose Records|
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