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Born: October 12, 1958

Birthplace: Texarkana, Arkansas

Instrument: Lead Vocals

Interests: People, Children, Animals, Music, Motorcycles, Football, Baseball, Basketball, as well as all sports. JK’s biggest interest of all is LOVE!!!

JK started singing at 24 years old while drivin’ a semi truck delivering rock and septic tanks in the mountains of Northern California.  He sang in a band with his brother called “Troubleshooter” before joining Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat in 1983 in their cover band called “City Kidd” which was later named “TESLA.”  He was born in Texarkana and grew up in Northern California as well as Idabel, Oklahoma, where he graduated High School and majored in FFA (Future Farmers of America) before moving back to Georgetown, California, a small mountain town in the Sierras.  JK won a singing contest and was introduced to the guys through some friends who knew the band.  Despite his lack of experience at the time, it was his unique and raspy voice that caught the band’s ear.

JK is a huge country music fan.  As a matter of fact, he is about to release his first effort as a country artist with a couple of very good friends from Nashville, Tennessee, Kent Goodson and Pat “the other” Boone.  The project will be titled “Jeff Keith and Country Music Friends.”  Kent Goodson is best known for his work as George Jones’ keyboardist for 28 years, from 1982 – 2011.  He has also played a big part in the songwriting and production department for the project.  JK’s other partner in CMF is Pat Boone (not the one with the white boots, that’s why we call him Pat “the other” Boone).  Pat is still George Jones’ monitor engineer for over 10 years now, which still holds the record at that particular position.  Pat’s role in the project is not only in the songwriting department, but also as Captain of the pontoon boat on “Old Hickory Lake” where most of CMF’s songs were written.  JK hopes everybody will be very supportive in his passionate pursuit of a lifelong dream for his love of country music as well as enjoy the music!

JK has always been about family, but now has a little family of his own.  It all came to be by meeting the girl of his dreams, Vera (a.k.a. “Mrs. Hoss”).  He is always saying “She’s the one for me.”  That’s not the only new girl in his life ‘cause now he is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Danielle and Courtney.  He just walked Danielle down the aisle in 2010 in Eugene, Oregon, where she is happily married.  Courtney is now a freshman in High School and is loving every minute of it as a 4.0 Honor Student.  Last, but not least, is the fast mover and a shaker, swimmer, and a climbing little rugrat, Joe Bob Jeffrey.  He’s quite the little character.  JK feels that there is nothing more pure in this world than a child.  Unconditional love is the greatest!!!  He would also like to extend his gratitude for the greatest fans in the world!  You guys are the best!!!

JK is an avid lover of animals and has a huge heart for rescuing homeless animals.  One day, while walking into an Oakland Raiders game, a starving dog was wandering the parking lot looking for food and JK decided to skip the game and take him home.  A short time later, when the band was recording the Real to Reel album in Texas, JK discovered a homeless mother dog with puppies, and he drove them all the way to his home in California.  These acts of love were recognized by ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) and JK received the “Evie Award” for his efforts.  The dogs’ names are “Okie”, “Cali” and the pups.  They are happy and healthy today.
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July 7, 20113 years ago

JEFF KEITH: "We were kind of outcasts back when everyone was into the glam thing"

Recently I got the chance to chat with Jeff Keith of Tesla. We talked about Tommy Skeoch, new guitarist Dave Rude and what Tesla’s secret to being the coolest dudes in rock n roll is. Check it out below. Read more

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    May 11, 2015 10:42 pmPosted 11 days ago

    i cannot wait to see you again, last time was with great white in ny way way back

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    May 2, 2015 2:05 pmPosted 21 days ago

    What part of the world, has the most welcome feeling, in Tesla history??

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      May 3, 2015 12:49 pmPosted 20 days ago
      Jess Firlus

      In Loving Memory of Jacob Firlus, What You Give. Hey Jeff, I lost my 15 year old son Jacob Firlus (pronounced Fearless and he was fearless) to suicide on 4/5/15. He followed his mothers suicide on 1/30/15 so you can imagine my family is grieving for the two recent losses. Jacob was a rocker like his Dad and I played What You Give at Jacob’s funeral. Jacob was to attend his first concert, the ATL show at Tablernacle, with me tonight but I will take his 14 year old brother Collier instead. Would you be able to dedicate What You Give to Jacob Firlus the Fearless one? God bless you.


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    May 1, 2015 6:31 pmPosted 21 days ago
    Heather Schmidt

    I can NOT WAIT to see you guys at the Illinois State Fair on Aug 19th with Meatloaf and Styx. Y’all were one of the best concerts I went to back in the day (1989??!!) I have been rocking out to your cd’s ever since!!! I had front row at that concert so long ago, hoping to get there again!!

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    April 25, 2015 10:53 amPosted 28 days ago
    josh moore

    I really like tesla.i can play a few of their songs on guitar.i’ve been playin bout 20 yrs.i think they have really good lyrics and the instrumentality in their songs is really terrific.the guys deserve a lot of credit for stickin with it and stayin together and makin damn good music over the my opinion they should be inducted into the rock hall of fame.tesla will always be an exceptionally good band and a real [piece of Americana.ive listened to them for the last 20yrs and will continue to follow them.they never seem to let me down.i hope their around for along would be a disappointment not to have them around.that said.keep on rockin guys and your doin a damn fine job.god bless u never succeed to stop blowin my mind.

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    April 7, 2015 3:59 pmPosted 1 month ago
    Jeff Gagnon

    Will Tesla be coming to NH again this season?
    I hope so, always a great show at the Casino Ballroom.
    Will not be summer if they forget to stop.

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      April 7, 2015 4:32 pmPosted 1 month ago

      Nothing Scheduled as yet

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    March 28, 2015 5:17 amPosted 1 month ago
    Jeremy OBrien

    I can’t wait to see you guys perform @ Rocklahoma this summer. I’m
    From Sacramento I remember “City Kid” from back in the guys kick ass!

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    March 14, 2015 12:50 pmPosted 2 months ago
    Angie Bates

    Tesla means so much to me. Its like youve been the soundtrack to my life. My biggest heartbreak has been the countless times Ive missed seeing you live but I have tix for a summer show and Im so excited I want to get remarried to What You Give. Thank you Tesla for staying real, for the memories and all that your band stands for. Always know your message was heard!

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    February 12, 2015 8:33 amPosted 3 months ago
    Steve zavadil

    I meet you in fern park florida when you where in sofa kings, I am friends with Sam and Terry Scogin I was wondering if it would be possible to say hi to you when your in Birmingham, Al

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    February 8, 2015 10:53 amPosted 3 months ago
    rich burns

    Jeff me my brother an nephew went to Hobart in troy to see the band. you guys rock you sounded awesome. Tesla is my brother jons favorite band. just wanted to say keep it up great performance.


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