revisiting: jolene's in the gloaming

i seriously have zero to do today, and it feels good. one kid is addicted to minecraft, and the other one is delving into episodes of “dragon tales” cause she needs to catch up. so, thats leaving me with not much to do but spend time on the damn computer. sure, there is other stuff i could be doing, but the other stuff is kinda lame.

in 1998, jolene’s in the gloaming ruled my world. i have zero idea how they came into my view, but im sure as hell glad they did. im just trying to picture me somewhere in chicago in 1998, picking up this record. the only place i can think selling me this was the late/great chicago record shop, quaker goes deaf, which to this day still stands as my favorite chicago record shop – followed closely by hardboiled in roscoe village which, sadly, has closed. i was never a fan of reckless, in fact even though it was right down the street from me, i refused to shop there. so, really my choice of shops was either hardboiled or lauries, which is a great shop. im rambling, i know. regardless, north carolina’s jolene didnt really bring anything particularly “new” to the musical table but i loved em anyway. then again, who now-a-days is bringing particularly new shit to the world? everything is a regurgitation and dont try to tell me andy different. there’s only so many chords and way to play em, and only so many beats and how they’re laid down. i digress, big time. still, jolene and they’re mildly rem influenced sounds hold a special place in my ever blackening heart – which has nothing to do with my nicotine habit.

sadly, its pretty hard to find in the gloaming, but you can purchase it via amazon only via cd. they’re follow up release, antic ocean, which i am trying to find but am coming up empty, both in my own personal collection and online is even better, imo.

pull the weight, virginia (innocent lucille)

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9 thoughts on “revisiting: jolene's in the gloaming

  1. todd says:

    Great album by a band you never seem to hear much about, even on the interwebs. The album before this, “Hell’s Half Acre”, is a little more raw but just as good

  2. Eric says:

    If you need acesss to Antic Ocean, Hells Half acre, The Pretty Dive, or the promo Ep (brown sleeve with sketch of the US on it), email me. I have all of them, and could upload them for you. I, too, loved In The Gloaming. Saw them in the old Cotton Club in Atlanta at Music Midtown 98 or 99.

  3. Eric says:

    John Crooke put out a solo record, too. And he made a good record with Joe Pernice called Chappaquidick Skyline….

  4. gregor says:

    todd, agreed “hell’s half acre” is a great record, just a little different as you said. @eric i may be hitting you up for “antic ocean” which i cant find anywhere. i did not know that he played on chappaquiddick skyline, i love that record. how’s his solo disc? also, i hear he’s in a new band, but dont remember the name.

  5. Eric says:

    I’m re-ripping the Jolene catalog (somehow not on my hard drive, oddly) as we speak, so I can gladly get you Antic Ocean.

    I honestly can’t recall much about the solo Crooke record (called Tongue) but I’m ripping it as well, and I’ll listen and maybe try to report back.

    After the solo record and the end of Jolene, he and Dave Burris made an EP as LAMPS, but I never got that one. I don’t know if he’s still active in music. Rodney Lanier, who played in Jolene, died a few weeks back.

  6. Oliver says:

    you can still purchase Jolene´s CD “Antic Ocean” and the follow-up “The pretty Dive” via Glitterhouse Records in Germany for only 4,95 €.
    At least that´s what their website says at glitterhouse records – mailorder.
    I bought “The pretty Dive” from them some years ago. It´s pretty good.


  7. Jeff says:

    I have everything by these guys except that “US” EP. I even have the 1st EP before Hell’s Half Acre…It’s truly great. I would love that promo EP and to share the other EP too!

  8. Dan says:

    Greg –
    As mentioned above Rodney Lanier of Jolene died a few weeks back. The full band played its first show in years in late Oct and clips are on youtube.

    Amazing band. RIP Rodney.

  9. Eric says:


    I’ve zipped the “US” EP and uploaded it to Mediafire. The rip is at 320. The EP, I have discovered, is also known as “Live at the Acoustic Cafe” and was a Sire Promo circa 1998. The recording date is March 13, 1998 at the Acoustic Cafe in Ann Arbor. They cover Jethro Tull’s “Mother Goose”.

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