Embracing her roots, Flores became a mainstay of the Southern California music scene. "I was part of the rockabilly scene in L.A.," she recalled in an interview. "At one point I started a little rockabilly trio called Tres Flores, which was named after the grease they put in your hair.... I used to do a lot of Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin songs. Then I had a band with James Intveld and Russell Scott called Rosie & The Reverbs.... Then there was the Screamin' Sirens, who were sort of punkish rockabilly."
The Screamin' Sirens, featuring Flores on lead guitar, saw a measure of fame. They recorded an album for the Enigma label and scored a cameo role as themselves in the films Vendetta and The Running Kind. However, the band never really made it out of the Los Angeles club scene, and Flores continued to dream of a more eclectic solo career.
Signing with Warner's Reprise subsidiary was a major break. The label hoped to light up the country charts with a female version of Dwight Yokam, and paired Flores with Yokam's producer/guitarist Pete Anderson. The subsequent album redefined Flores as a stylish, occasionally fiery neo-traditional singer with a slightly pop veneer. The self-titled release yielded three chart singles: "Crying Over You," "He Cares," and "Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins."