487. Lone Justice – Lone Justice

LONE JUSTICE (1985)

Lone Justice

Is their a more powerful or intense female vocalist in the world than Lone Justice’s Maria McKee. If there is I have never heard her. Once the opening question, “Should I go North?” is belted out at full velocity this amazing record never loses ferocity and passion. All this is wrapped up in cowpunk like country rock the defies comparison. The first single “Ways to Be Wicked” penned by Tom Petty was sorely misunderstood by many in Christian market that ventured out and bought the project based on reviews in many Christian Music publications.

But one cut from the album, the finale, “You Are the Light” found its way onto many Christian Rock radio shows as well as Orange County’s famous KYMS. The beautiful country tinged ballad is a stunning and memorable tune reminiscent of Patsy Cline. Stark, stunning and instantly emotional and authentic. They would follow this with the more commercial and “Christian” sounding album, “Shelter,” that will be discussed later.

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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Just spent several hours this weekend with Marvin Etzioni. He and Victoria Williams headlined a show in Oly for Breast cancer survivors. He picked out tunes for my friend’s radio show on Sunday morning. Lots of cool stuff including Brian McLean, formrer member of Love and half-brother of Maria McKee. He released several Christian albums before his death at the beginning of the decade.

    Marvin will soon put out “Marvin Country” with a few new songs and a lot of re-worked versions of past songs like “You Are the Light” and “Can’t Cry Hard Enough.”

  2. Paul Casey
    October 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Really enjoying reading through your take on all these albums. Great stuff. I don’t know if Marvin Etzioni’s Weapons of the Spirit is going to make your list or not, But I’d definitely recommend it to you and your readers. He was just one of the talented members of Lone Justice.

  3. Liz
    March 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Wow – forgot all about Lone Justice. I’m currently downloading their “Shelter” album right now! 🙂

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