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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 1, 2012 7:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    scott

    i’ve been a fan for a long time. y’all need to come to south louisiana.

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    March 28, 2012 6:26 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jason Johnson

    Ive been a fan for 20+ yrs but have never seen you guys play live. Im in Sioux Falls S.D. and last time you were here i was in the hospital-but I see you are rolling into St. Cloud Minnesota in July, Im driving the 3 hrs there and cant wait. You guys are the best-Keep Rockin!!

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    March 10, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Priscilla Gallegos

    Cant get enough of you!!!!Seen you every chance i had for the last 20 years in colorado. But im back home and cant wait to see you again her in Albq. New Mexico. Its those lazy days n crazy nights!!

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    February 26, 2012 4:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tara

    Animal lover!!!!! DIG YOU!!:)

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    February 23, 2012 4:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jen

    Hey JK, heard you and the boys put on a great show in NYC last weekend; my husband Stew traveled from here in Vermont to see you guys. He wanted me to ask you if there’s any chance you’re coming back to Hampton Beach, NH this year? We’d love to see you guys again!

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    February 20, 2012 4:27 amPosted 2 years ago
    Will

    Saw you at Jim Thorpe on the 18th been a fan a long time born same year as you year of the dog :-). You n the the band did a great show. I was kinda disappointed that concert shirt I bought didnt have Jim Thorpe on tour list though. Still was a great show take care peace be with you……

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    February 18, 2012 1:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Evan English

    KEEP KICKIN’ ASS!!!!!!!!! SEE YOU GUYS IN WENDOVER NEVADA ON JUNE 3RD, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are from Pocatello, Idaho, and make the 3 hour drive, every fucking time you guys play in Wendover. ROCK ON!

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    February 13, 2012 5:52 amPosted 2 years ago
    Barb

    Huge fan!! You guys rock! Cant wait to see you at the House of Blues…Orlando

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  • February 7, 2012 4:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    James Gypsy Nagy

    Would like to conduct interview with band for online/ and Tv show – Music Related.
    3-31 in Scottsdale, Az.
    Just reply with contact information and will send complete and entire information.
    Thank you
    Best Regards
    James Gypsy Nagy

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    February 5, 2012 10:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Annie Kampa

    Jk, and boys, your music means so much to me and has gotten me through some tough times, I’ll be always devoted to the band

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