"We were part of a really cool DC local music scene in the mid to late 80's.
Super tight on stage, interesting riffs and clever lyrics. We were a fun date."
- Ted Ayers on NotEven
Ted was born and raised in Roanoke VA where he and Jeff Chamberlain met as kids and quickly became lifelong friends. They spent hours pretending to play music and went from playing brooms and buckets to buying a cheap guitar and playing their first gig at Roanoke College. Ted said, “Truly, it was less than a year before I'd taught myself three or four chords and failed just enough at anger management to form a "punk" band in Roanoke called The Dogs.”
Soon after, the Dogs moved to the DC area and lived in their cars for a while to continue the pursuit. After the demise of The Dogs, Ted returned to Roanoke for a while but eventually was persuaded to move back when NotEven became a reality.
When NotEven disbanded, Ted fell back on his restaurant experience and worked in MD and CA for several years, but eventually moved back to Roanoke to pursue a career in the insurance industry with his father. Somewhere along the way he ended up working at an architectural salvage company called Black Dog Salvage and ended up on a little TV show called “Salvage Dogs” an original reality series on the DIY network.
When NotEven decided to perform a reunion show in 2015 Ted was happy to be back in touch with his brothers. However, he had pretty much sworn off the guitar for the better part of 20 years, so he spent 6 months relearning his instrument and another 6 months relearning the songs. Recently, Ted started playing seriously again and he has teamed up with Jeff to write and perform new material as JC & Teddy D (for more info: /jc-teddy-d).
When he isn't filming "Salvage Dawgs" or performing with JC & Teddy D, Ted stays connected with the community through public appearances and volunteer work.
He also has two amazing children who both play multiple musical instruments. He is very proud of them and hopes one day to record and perform with them as a trio.