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70's - 80's Southern Rock Band

In memory of...Randy Lewis, Jimmy O'Neill, and Bryan Cole


Mose Jones #2  1977-1980


Randy Lewis, Steve McRay, Marvin Taylor, Chris Seymour

When the original Mose Jones #1 line-up broke up, all of the members immediately found other musical endeavors.  After landing a position with British progressive jazz rock band "IF", keyboardist Steve McRay returned to Atlanta -  soon all of the guys found themselves playing some gigs together again. This would lead to Randy Lewis, Bryan Cole and Steve writing songs and playing some more gigs together, this time as a trio. Soon after they ran into guitarist Marvin Taylor; they asked him to come sit in with the band, then they invited him to join the band! Pretty soon more songwriting and new jams started happening. So, the decision was made to go ahead and put the band back together again, as "Mose Jones"! This would lead them to get more serious about their songwriting and rehearsing...but an unplanned set-back for the band would delay them, as an ill-timed opportunity opened up for drummer Bryan Cole.

Bryan was contacted by original Mose Jones guitarist Jimmy O'Neill - through Nashville connections a position had opened up for them; they both left Atlanta to join Tree publishing in Nashville as staff songwriters. After a stint at Tree, another position opened for them - they were invited to join world renown country/jazz fiddle player "Vassar Clements", and tour in his band.

That left the newly formed band looking for a drummer to take Bryan's position - after scouting around and holding auditions, a drummer was found, and the band asked him to join the newly formed Mose Jones - Chris Seymour was a perfect fit for the direction the band was heading. With more songwriting and rehearsing, the new style, which was now leaning toward a more funk/R&B rock, was taking place - soon after record companies were starting to take notice.




Mose Jones 1978

L-R, Chris Seymour, Marvin Taylor, Steve McRay, and Randy Lewis



"Blackbird" Mose Jones released their album and began touring the US in support of the album - they were opening large concerts and headlining small venues and clubs. Sharing the stage with many artists of the 70's - Boz Skaggs, Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Kiki Dee, Santana, Eddie Money, Little Feat, Sea Leavell, Mother's Finest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie, Charlie Daniels Band, Rick Derringer, Molly Hatchet, Outlaws, Dixie Dregs, Leslie West, Marshall Tucker, Stillwater and others. 



Mose Jones 1978

Champaign Jam at Grant Field, Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA



A 2nd album was recorded, mixed, and mastered, but RCA chose not to release the album. Times were changing and a new regime came to power within RCA Records, which sometimes happens. The record company determined they did not hear a single on the newly recorded album project - the band would go back into the studio to record several songs to give the record company a single, but to no avail. The record deal came to an end and the 2nd Mose Jones - came to an end as well.


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Mose Jones "Lost / Found" CD is now available!

Mose Jones - Lost/Found CD

Now RELEASED as of Nov 17, 2013

Funded by friends

Now available on   Big Coffee Records, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and in Records Stores.



A song from the 2nd unreleased Mose Jones album was recorded and released by the "Atlanta Rhythm Section" in 1981 for their Quinella album on Columbia label.

The song "ALIEN" (composed by Buddy Buie, Randy Lewis, and Steve McRay) became a top 40 HIT for ARS, making it to Billboards #34 in the top 40 charts and #16 in the Adult Contemporary charts. 1981-82



Mose Jones #2 - One LP, One Unreleased LP, and One CD



"Blackbird"  1978


Produced by Buddy Buie,

Tad Bush, and Mose Jones


*Unreleased Album  1979


Produced by Buddy Buie,

 Tad Bush, and Mose Jones


Funded 2013

Big Coffee Records

Produced by Steve McRay

and Marvin Taylor


MOSE JONES "Blackbird" from the Blackbird LP 1978


Billboard - Aug 5, 1978 - Google Books Result

Billboard article announcing release of Blackbird LP


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Marvin Taylor

Randy Lewis


Chris Seymour



Steve McRay



After breaking up the band in 1980, Mose Jones members went on to join each other in many musical situations and play in several bands together:

"Out A Hand Band", "Java Monkey", "Francine Reed Band", "David Wingo Celebrity Band", "Randall Bramblett Band", "The Lucky Ones", "Ichiban Blues Bands" and others - as well as touring musicians, songwriting partners, and studio session musicians for numerous projects and artists.




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