Hardsoul Poets were a band from Wingate, North Carolina that drew it's unique and original sound from diverse influences such as REM, The Jam and The Monkees. They built a loyal following throughout the southeast in the late 80's college music scene eventually drawing national attention following the release of their 1989 self-produced cassette, "Rail". On the heels of that initial success, Hardsoul Poets continued to evolve. With a line up change and the release of 1991's "Private Radio", the band's songwriting chops and reputation as a powerhouse live act prompted Rolling Stone magazine to tout the Poets as "the next big thing". They toured the country relentlessly with such bands as Soul Asylum, Drivin N Cryin and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Their final release, 1993's "Throw" showed the band in top form, spreading their songwriting wings. The success of that album led to a major label record deal...and a name change to Jolene. The rest is history.