Shoji Naito was born and raised in Toyota, Japan. He started playing guitar and harmonica at the age of sixteen and played with local blues bands.
Shoji moved to Chicago to study the blues in 1996. While learning the blues in the clubs at night, he studied jazz guitar and bass at Columbia College Chicago.
During college years, Shoji experienced performing with great musicians such as John Primer, Carey Bell, Jimmy Burns, Willie Big Eye Smith, Lurrie Bell many others.
Shoji joined Eddy Clearwater Band in 2004 and started touring worldwide
In 2010, Morry Sochat & the Special 20s'CD "Eatin' Dirt" was released.
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's “Live In France At Jazz à Junas” DVD was released in 2012
2013, Shoji and Morry Sochat duo won the 2013 Chicago Blues Challenge.
2014, Shoji co-produced Eddy Clearwater's new CD "Soul Funky."
Shoji occasionally plays guitar and bass with Billy Branch and The Sons Of Blues.
2014, Shoji co-produced Rie "Lee" Kanehira's new CD "The Union Meetin'"
2016, Shoji's CD "NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL" released.
2016 New Cool Old School was nominated for 2016 Blues Blast Music Award.
2017 Shoji and his band played at 2017 Chicago Blues Festival and his set was one of "Top Twelve Picks" by WDCB 90.9FM's Leslie Keros.
top photo Shoji with Eddy Clearwater, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Dave Knopf
Photo taken in January 2014 by Lynn Orman/Orman Music