This website’s called Jolene, because it’s a recognisable country music kind of name. But my name is Sophie Hamley. I am an amateur musician – and was once a member of a country music covers band – but I’m very happy to be on the listener side. This blog was created partly because it gives me an opportunity to find out about amazing new artists and also because I’d like to bring Australian country music, in particular, to as many people as possible. Since writing the blog in earnest from 2011 I’ve had the great privilege of interviewing some of my favourite artists, and being able to hear extraordinarily good music.
This blog covers mostly Australian artists but as I’ve been approached by people from New Zealand, the US, UK, Canada and elsewhere, the content sometimes expands to cover music in other places. I hope to provide a space for people to find out about new music and read about the artists they already love.
I also write books (although they’re not about country music):
Artists and PRs are welcome to contact me, but please note that I can’t necessarily respond straightaway.
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia