A roots rock band that took Los Angeles by storm in the '80s and developed a smaller but deeply enthusiastic following outside the Golden State, Lone Justice made their name with an energetic fusion of country twang and rock & roll stomp. The group was fronted by Maria McKee, a vocalist whose ability to blend country purity with rock & roll passion earned her plenty of press attention as well as endorsements from the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. Their debut album, 1985's Lone Justice, showed off the group's talent and McKee's voice, and "Ways to Be Wicked" and "Sweet, Sweet Baby (I'm Falling)" were minor hits. But by the time they issued their second LP, 1986's Shelter, McKee was the only original member left, and the album explored a different sound incorporating elements of heartland rock and '80s alternative rock.
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