A founding member of the Southern rock band Wet Willie and one of the initial bands signed to the legendary Capricorn Records label in Macon, Georgia, Lewis Ross recorded seven albums and several hit singles with the band including "Keep On Smilin'", "Dixie Rock", "Keep A Knockin'", "Leona" and "Country Side Of Life" among others. Touring constantly throughout the '70s with the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, the Guess Who, Jeff Beck, Grand Funk and others, Lewis was a seasoned veteran of the highway before he turned 25. He left the band in 1978 to return to his family home in Mobile, Alabama to help rebuild following a hurricane that ploughed through the city. Resuming his music career, Ross played with several bands including the Beat Daddys until the fall of 2000 when he was summoned once again to oversee the repair of the family home that was 80% destroyed by Hurricane George. In 2001 he married and moved to Birmingham where he went to work at Mars Music selling drums. Lewis hooked up with a Birmingham band called The Buicks and has been playing with them for some five years. He became drum department manager and buyer for Bailey Brothers Music, the largest independent music retailer in Alabama, which is where he rekindled his friendship with Ross Roberts and helped sow the seeds for Alabama Blues Machine.