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JEFF KEITHvocals

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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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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    April 15, 2014 2:29 pmPosted 4 days ago
    Petja Kemppainen

    Mr Keith,
    I am very excited to get to see you guys headlining the M3 Festival in just over a week! Originally from Finland, and brought up by the MTV there when shit was still good, I’ve been hitting the majority of the 80s Festivals since I moved to the States in 2003. The music of Tesla was a getaway for me as a kid, as teenager, as a forward-deployed military man for three tours in a row in Afghanistan, and now post-that as a “responsible adult”. The music truly has stood the test of time and still makes me wanna go crazy early 1990s-style when HeadBangers Ball still featured your music… I know there’s an official meet and greet through the ticket sales, but I would love to meet you guys after the show and make everyone in Finland jealous as shit! :-) Just a handshake would go a long way; I know that you get requests like this on a daily basis, but when was the last time you drank a shot of Jagermeister with a Tesla fan from Finland? Hahahaha, good touring Mr.Keith, and looking forward to seeing Tesla blow the roof off of the Pavillion!

    Very Respectfully,
    Petja Kemppainen

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    April 10, 2014 10:06 pmPosted 8 days ago
    Tesla

    Hi,

    My name is Tesla and I know you guys are playing in Battle Creek, Mi on 5/31 and tickets are already sold out. My mom named me after you guys on October 27, 1991. I would love it if there was any way my mom and I could meet you guys and see the concert. She loved going to a ton of your concerts in the 80′s and 90′s and saved some of the concert shirts and cd’s for me. It would be the best gift ever to surprise her with seeing you guys.

    Thank you,

    TESLA

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    March 28, 2014 10:22 amPosted 22 days ago
    Chris

    Jeff your the real deal…Im so glad you guys keep on keepin on and remain a source of pure rock energy to rely on. Best venue? Waukesha cty fairgrounds..never forget those little stops.. All you guys do it proud. Take care of yourselves and that voice, eat right, relax lol and …Happy touring in 2014.
    C-WI

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    March 25, 2014 12:49 amPosted 25 days ago
    Mary anne Vangieri

    Hey Jeff, I’ve been a Tesla fan forever and always will be. I just want to say I’m very glad your happy. I just watched a video where you brought your son out on stage and sang to him. The smile on your face and in your eyes was amazing. So keep singing, keep smiling, and keep loving that special family (animals included) thay you have been lucky enough to find. And come to PHILLY. Thanks Jeff

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