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Theodis Ealey


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Blues Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter Producer, and Entertainer… are just a few of the titles that describe the phenomenon of Theodis Ealey. This Mississippi native first picked up an instrument when his older brother Y Z Ealey first taught him how to play at the age of 4. Ten years later, Theodis on bass was playing at his first gig with brothers Y Z and Melvin Ealey in a group called Y Z Ealey and the Merrymakers. This brotherly trio made their debut in their hometown of Natchez, Mississippi at a local nightclub called Horseshoe Circle. One year later, Theodis traded his bass for a guitar and began performing with another Natchez group, Eugene Butler & the Rocking Royals. It was here that Theodis sharpened his guitar playing skills while hitting the local circuit.

Music has always been a part of his life. Growing up, Theodis says this lifelong love affair with music began when he lived on Highway 61 on the other side of the road from Miss Willie Mae’s Juke Joint. “I would just sit on the steps and listen to the sounds coming from there” the heart and soul of the Blues. Since leaving Mississippi, Theodis always carried the “Mississippi Juke Joint Spirit” with him through his music.

As one of 11 children in his family, Theodis wanted to travel the world and the U.S. Air Force provided the opportunity.


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