JC & Teddy D
JC & Teddy D
Jeff Chamberlain - vocals, harmonica
Ted Ayers - guitar, backing vocals
Jeff grew up in Roanoke VA about a block from Ted where they both attended Cave Spring HS. It was there that Jeff started writing lyrics when he should have been paying attention to his classes or studying. The songwriting duo first started working together in 1979 when they penned the classic “Last Christmas Blues,” a long lost hit about a man contemplating suicide during the holidays. The song’s memorable lyrics included:
"It’ll be the last time I deck the halls,
eat my grandmother’s bourbon balls.
By the time New Years Day rolls around,
I’m gonna’ be in a hole in the ground.”
As Jeff explained, “Not our best work, but you have to start somewhere.”
In 2018, after three NotEven reunion shows, Jeff and Ted realized they missed playing music together so they decided to start writing and performing new songs as a duo. They called their new act "JC & Teddy D" with Jeff as "JC" singing lead vocals and playing harmonica and Ted playing guitar and singing backing vocals as his alter ego "Teddy D."
So far they have performed at open mics in DC, MD, VA and PA in order to get back on stage in front of audiences and try out their new songs.
The pair have been crafting songs together for four decades, melding influences of rock, country, folk and alternative. So it is no surprise that their new act has been well received and they are ready to get on the road and start booking gigs this fall. We also hear their songwriting has improved greatly since 1979.