70's Southern Rock Band based in Atlanta, Ga.

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Mose Jones #1 1973

 

Remembering Mose Jones

 

There were TWO "Mose Jones" bands, separated by a couple of years, a couple of different band members, 2 different record companies with 2 different producers

 

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Mose Jones #2 1978

 


 

Mose Jones #1 1972 - 1975

Randy Lewis, Bryan Cole, Jimmy O'Neill, Steve McRay

The Band formed in 1972, with core members from the Florida band "Stonehenge". The band name derived from jazz great "Mose Allison' and a family dog named "Jones". Initially the band was created with Clay Watkins on keys, then during the recording of their first album, replaced by long-time friend Steve McRay (keys and vocals), who had just returned from his stint with the US ARMY and serving in Vietnam.

In 1972 Mose Jones was the first band signed by Al Kooper for his startup Atlanta label "Sounds of the South" on MCA Records. Al's "Blues Project" was chosen, and a band named "Elijah". The last band signed was a little band from Jacksonville that had been playing in Atlanta - that band's name was "Lynyrd Skynyrd".

 

Mose Jones - Get Right Album 1973

 "Get Right" 1973

Sounds of the South / MCA

Produced by Al Kooper

Mose Jones - Mose Knows Album 1974

"Mose Knows" 1974

Sounds of the South / MCA

Produced by Al Kooper and Charles Calello

 

Producer - Performer Al Kooper...had been visiting Atlanta since he played the first Atlanta Pop Festival in 1969. The southern rock scene was exploding, and Kooper had noticed the abundance of talent in and about Atlanta. With the backing of MCA Records, he launched the "Sounds Of The South" label with the initial deal calling for four new artists - three of which turned out to be: the Atlanta band Mose Jones, Los Angeles funk band Elijah, and Kooper's own reformed Blues Project. It was on Mose Jones' recommendation that the final spot was filled by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Kooper jammed with the group at Funochios, and after some initial hesitancy from the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd signed on.

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd at Funochios in Atlanta GA  Lynyrd Skynyrd at Funochios in Atlanta GA

Early photo's of Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Atlanta bar "Funochios"

 

 

Mose Jones #1 1973

 

Great Speckled Bird - Mose Jones

Great Speckled Bird Article - Click to read

 

In 1975, Mose Jones Disbanded - road weary touring schedules, lack of record and tour support, along with frustrating issues with both management and booking - it had all taken it's toll on the band.

Even with the addition of long time friend Davis Causey (Sea Leavell, Randall Bramblett, Greg Allman) on guitar, just to give the group one more shot in the arm, it was not meant to be...all the members went their separate ways and shut down Mose Jones......but, there was more to come!

 

 

 

 

Answering E-mail about "What ever happened to Mose Jones?" (2003)

     We had a special sound back then, and enjoyed playing just about any place we could play...lot's of memories. I get many e-mails these days about Mose Jones, so I'm creating a Web site for that very reason; to update what happened to the band. Unfortunately, not all updated news is good news.

     There were actually 2 Mose Jones groups. The 1972-75 (2 albums on MCA/Sounds of the South Records, Al Kooper producing) and the 1977-1980 (2 albums on RCA Records, Buddy Buie producing). Randy Lewis and I were in both bands. (Here is where the bad news starts...)

     Randy had been living and playing in Key West for some time, but last Feb.(2001), he had a massive heart attack and passed away about a week later. He lived life pretty hard, so it was not totally unexpected, but very tragic none the less. The very next day, Bryan Cole, the drummer in Mose #1, and our drummer in Java Monkey, had a massive heart attack, and his aorta ruptured as well...totally unexpected! After 4 operations in 5 days, Bryan survived, but had to have his right leg amputated, from lack of blood flow. He is in good shape now, and is working on staying in good health, and mastering his new age of mobility, his prosthetic leg...he's  playing with us again, singing background vocals and playing  percussion along with our current drummer, John Holder. (...the trilogy of bad news)

     Immediately after Bryan started to heal, Jimmy O'Neill, Mose #1 guitar player, was diagnosed with Brain cancer; it wasn't good. It was one of the most progressive types of cancer. After 6 months of surgery's and therapy's, Jimmy passed away last September (2001). Jimmy was one of the nicest guys I've ever known, and one of the most talented...he will be missed dearly. (Steve McRay)

 

Remembering Bryan Cole

 

Footnote: Unfortunately, we lost our good friend and Mose Jones alumni Bryan Cole on December 13, 2012 - Bryan passed away from complications of his second surgery of 2012, to repair the on-going damage to his aorta; his body and internal organs just could not maintain any longer. His mind and spirit, although, were indeed intact until the very end.

In his honor, and along with his loving wife Lisa Cole and Bryan's family members, an all day "Celebration of Life Day" was held on January 13, 2013 at Smith's Ole Bar in Atlanta, GA - with Bands and Musicians playing to an over-flowing flood of friends and well-wishers from 2pm until after midnight...Bryan's spirit still lives on! (Steve McRay)

 

Bryan Cole Celebration of Life 1-13-13

 

"Celebration of Life Day" (Jan 13, 2013) for Bryan Cole - on stage, the Ichiban All Star Band - Bryan was staff producer and drummer for Ichiban Records for over 10 years.

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Mose Jones - Does Your Mama Know About Me 45

 

   One of the singles - 45rpm - released from the "Get Right" LP was the song "Does Your Mama Know About Me" - a Motown song co-written by Tommy Chong (Cheech and Chong) and recorded be Bobby Taylor and the Vancouver's

Remembering Mose Jones

 

Mose Jones - Dixie Rock interview  Mose Jones - Dixie Rock interview

An Interesting French Magazine article with Bryan Cole

- interviewed by Luc Brunot for DIXIE ROCK

 

NEWS! A recently released article about the Mose "Live at Richard's" Project - Bryan Cole interviewed by Luc Brunot read the on-line interview

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Mose Jones breaks club record in Atlanta

 

 

Mose Jones with Al Kooper

Mose Jones with Al Kooper photo

 

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"SoundCloud"

A Sampling of Mose Jones - Live at Richard's 1974

 

Mose Jones Live at Richard's 1974 CD Cover

CD RELEASE!!

"Mose Jones - Live at Richard's - Atlanta, Ga. 1974"

Released Aug. 2010

The long-awaited and once thought to be lost LIVE RECORDING is NOW available!

 

Check out the story behind the "Live at Richard's" 1974 CD/Project

The original 1/4" tape was found to be in Jimmy O'Neill's possession a few years after his passing in 2001, then transferred to digital, pre-mastered, then re-mastered by Rodney Mills Master House.

Go to www.bigcoffeerecords.com for CD purchase through PayPal's Safe/Secure order system!  Also available on CD BABY, iTunes, Amazon, and in many local record stores!


 

 

Mose Jones #2 1977-1980

Chris Seymour, Marvin Taylor, Steve McRay, Randy Lewis

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.

 

As fate would have it, RCA Records made a trip to Atlanta to see a band they thought would be a good sign. The RCA group, along with producer/songwriter Buddy Buie, accidentally happened to come into a club where Mose was playing that night. This was NOT the band they had come to Atlanta to see and hear - They were blown away with the style and the sound of this band, and negotiations started almost immediately to sign Mose Jones to the newly formed label that Buddy Buie and Arnie Geller put together on RCA records. Mose Jones signed to RCA / BGO - soon after, they would be recording their Blackbird album at Studio One in Doraville.

Mose Jones - Southern Rock band #2 1978

 

Mose Jones Blackbird LP

"Blackbird"  1978

RCA / BGO

Produced by Buddy Buie

Associate Production

Tad Bush / Mose Jones

"Unreleased"

 

"Unreleased" Album  1980

RCA / BGO

Produced by Buddy Buie

 Associate Producer Tad Bush / Mose Jones

 

 

Pictures below taken at Georgia Land and Lumber Co - St Simons Island, GA

Randy Lewis - Mose Jones band

Randy Lewis - Bass / Vocals

Marvin Taylor - Mose Jones band

Marvin Taylor - Guitar / BG Vocals

Steve McRay - Mose Jones band

Steve McRay - Keyboards / Vocals

Chris Seymour - Mose Jones band

Chris Seymour - Drums

 

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"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. 

"Unreleased"

*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.

Although the band members remained friends and played together in other bands (Out a Hand Band, Java Monkey, Men From Mars, and others) and many recording situations, they never played under the name Mose Jones again.

As things happen, about a year after Mose Jones broke up, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, who had recently signed with Columbia Records, needed another song for their album. Steve McRay answered a call at home one night from ARS producer and writing partner Buddy Buie - Buddy asked Steve if he would stop by the studio and go over the song Alien for the band; they had heard it and liked it, and possibly may want to record it. Steve went to Studio One, rehearsed the song with the guys, and ended up recording the song with ARS that night, and later was called in to sing back-up vocal parts with Ronnie Hammond.

The song Alien was presented to Columbia in a package of songs sent in from ARS for the executives to hear - the song Alien was chosen by Columbia to be one of the "singles" off the new ARS album to be named Quinella! 

The top 40 hit song "Alien", (#16 on the Adult Contemporary charts) which the "Atlanta Rhythm Section" recorded in 1981 for their Quinella album (CBS), was one of the songs on the 2nd unreleased Mose Jones album - an album that RCA decided had no singles or hit songs on it.

Note from Steve McRay: Working on a Fall of 2013 release date for the unreleased Mose Jones tracks - a CD and downloadable MP3s will be available...please keep in touch with us here at www.mosejones.com and at Big Coffee Records for more information! (Steve McRay)

 

 

 

Champagne Jam 1978 Mose Jones

 

 

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"Blackbird" from the Blackbird LP - Mose Jones

 

Glory Daze article about Blackbird LP

 

Mose Jones getting back together 1977

Great Speckled Bird Article - Mose Getting Back Together

 

Billboard - Aug 5, 1978 - Google Books Result

Billboard article announcing release of Blackbird LP

 

Skynyrd Frynds article

Read an article from Skynyrd Frynds about Mose Jones

 

 

"Rub / In Memory of Old What's His Name" - Instrumental from the Blackbird LP - Mose Jones

 

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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.

 

Out a Hand Band at the Moonshadow - Java Monkey - Java Monkey w Francine Reed,

    

 

 

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