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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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    November 20, 2014 5:31 pmPosted 2 months ago

    Please come to Cleveland. Huge fan!!!!!!

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    November 17, 2014 6:40 pmPosted 2 months ago
    Kimberly McLaughlin-Garrison

    LOVE you guys, concert whore since 1984! The website is lacking in functionality … just sayin! C U soon, love Kim

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    November 4, 2014 12:08 pmPosted 2 months ago
    Sandra Grzybowski

    Hi, Jeff! We are still back here in Delaware, miss Tucson, and I have some great photos of you guys that I took, and ones of you and your Mom. How can I get these emailed directly to you??? Hope to catch up with you all if and when you come back East. Please let me know if you will be in Philadelphia, Atlantic City or Baltimore in the future. Just drop me an email. Miss you guys!!!

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    November 4, 2014 12:35 amPosted 2 months ago
    frank caffery

    I have been to a few fundraisers you guys have been part of here in St. Louis going back to the early 90′s. I am now gm of a bar here and would love to be part of a fundraiser for the charity of your choice. Two of mine close to my heart are Backstoppers which helps families of police and firefighters lost in the line of duty and Fischer house which helps families of injured soldiers coming back from overseas. You are playing here February 4 so anytime you are in town around that date would be great. Thank you in advance for anything you can do.

    Frank Caffery.

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    October 31, 2014 1:54 pmPosted 3 months ago
    vadin hill

    Jeff, I’m from the texarkana area. My late dad’s family is from southwest Arkansas. My dad told me one time he was like your 4th cousin. His name was randy hill. He drove a hemi orange 1970 Plymouth cuda.

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    October 28, 2014 7:09 pmPosted 3 months ago
    garry oneal

    jeff,met you and the rest of the band at the gibson custom shop jam in nashville 2006. yall were some of the nicest guys my wife and i ever met and the show you put on was killer! we are also animal lovers and have rescued many over the years. keep on rocking and god bless!!

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    September 22, 2014 8:08 pmPosted 4 months ago

    Saw the Sycuan show September 18. Fantastic show!! Please make a tour date for Phoenix! Easily the best sound, great performance. Love Tesla!

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    September 22, 2014 6:17 pmPosted 4 months ago

    Hey guy’s
    Saw your show at Sycaun last Thursday.
    I was disappointed….in myself. You guys kicked my ass as usual for the 4th time seeing you. For some reason I thought you would be old and lame like some of the other 80s bands I’ve seen recently. Boy was I wrong I was so impressed with your talent, energy and enthusiasm. I felt like I was back in the 80s
    You guys have been one of my favorite bands for 27 years and your always ready to kick ass. Thank you again for an awesome show and proving me wrong. See ya at the next show.
    Always & forever your fan.

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    September 18, 2014 1:33 pmPosted 4 months ago

    Where is the Phoenix AZ tour date? Please come back to Phoenix AZ!

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    September 13, 2014 7:48 pmPosted 4 months ago
    Joyce Howard

    Jeff , Jon wants to know when your playing up this way in Bend Oregon area ?Bro nlaw yrsbe4 !


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