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Lone Justice

"Lone Justice" was an American rock band formed in 1982 by guitarist Ryan Hedgecock and singer Maria McKee (half-sister of Love's Bryan MacLean).

One of the more promising bands of the L.A. rockabilly scene of the 1980's, Lone Justice was inspired by Hedgecock and McKee's mutual affection for rockabilly and country music. Initially a strict cover band, the additions of veteran bassist Marvin Etzioni and Don Heffington, a former drummer in Emmylou Harris's Hot Band, prompted them to compose their own material.

Soon, Lone Justice became a popular attraction and a local favorite. With the help of Linda Ronstadt, they were signed to Geffen Records and were soon hyped as the next-big-thing.

Their self-titled debut appeared in 1985, followed by a tour in support of U2. Still, despite good press and media hype (Jimmy Guterman, then a critic at ''Rolling Stone,'' praised it as one of the best albums ever made), ''Lone Justice'' failed to sell; produced by the band's manager, Jimmy Iovine, it failed to connect with either country or rock audiences. Even with catchy singles like "Sweet, Sweet Baby" and "Ways To Be Wicked" (written by Tom Petty), the album didn't meet commerci...

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