Jolene (band)

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Origin North Carolina, United States
Genres Rock
Years active 1995–2001
Labels Blue Rose Records, Sire/WEA Records, Ardent Records
Members Dave Burris
John Crooke
Mike Kennerly
Rodney Lanier
Mike Mitschele

Jolene was an alternative rock band based in North Carolina, often described as alt-country.



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 1998 Jolene supported Hootie & the Blowfish on their final UK tour, playing the last show on October 31, at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London.

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.[1]


Year Title Label
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


  1. ^ Archived 2015-08-18 at the Wayback Machine. - accessed December 11, 2011

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