"I missed EVERYTHING about the band. Aside from the music, we shared a camaraderie that I believe is very rare. There is both a positive and negative aspect to that, but the love between us was and is genuine. They are my best friends."
- Jeff Chamberlain on the breakup of NotEven in 1990
Jeff grew up in Roanoke VA but moved to the DC area with his first wife in 1983. His best friend, Ted Ayers, had also moved to DC and their intention was to write songs and start a band. While they did pen a few songs (Here Now, Police Plane, and Corner of the World among them), Ted ended up moving back to Roanoke. So, through an ad in the DC City Paper, Jeff met John Greenberg and Dave Murphy, and the three of them formed the basis of NotEven. They auditioned for a bass player and met Phil Rosenthal. Then Ted moved back to the area and joined the band just 2 weeks before their first gig.
During the last year or so of NotEven's existence Jeff had been driving a cab. So, when the group decided to disband, he quite literally drove that cab to a Honda dealership and applied for a job. Not only was he hired, but he remained an employee at that dealership for over 28 years.
In 2018, Jeff, with the support of his second wife, Tina, decided to leave that position and try his hand at songwriting and performing full time. He and Ted now write and perform as a duo called "JC & Teddy D" (for more info: /jc-teddy-d).
In his spare time, Jeff plays a lot of golf and a little guitar. Early on, his musical influences were The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Clash, early R.E.M., and The Replacements. Lately, he loves the songwriting of Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Rhett Miller of The Old 97s.