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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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    June 29, 2012 1:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    craig perry

    hello been waiting for a couple years for you guys to get back to columbus ohio and now you are august 16th thank you. my son and i will be there again we went last time when he was 10 you high fived him toy handed him a drum stick and he go guitar picks to, put i don’t know how to top it for him can’t seem to be able to get v.i.p. for the show for some picture with you all can you help? names craig perry my email is kissfan144@yahoo.com and 6143592811 is phone thanks

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    June 27, 2012 10:52 amPosted 2 years ago
    Mark Patch

    Me and my wife Lana heading up to the show in Fort Wayne this weekend. Have been fans for years. We know it will be great. Can’t wait !!!!!

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    June 19, 2012 11:53 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jens Habekost

    Thank you for the music guys ! May be we see you in Germany ? It`d be a dream comes true.

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    June 15, 2012 4:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shelli York from Georgetown..omg!

    Hey Jeff
    How are you??
    Just went to see my dad and was thinking about the old days in ol’ Georgetown..Your family came up in the coversation. We were talking about that cool old erector set my dad gave to you and Brian..
    And then going fishing out at Meadowbrook and Brian casting out…piercing his ear?? OUCH with a treble hook no less!!
    OMG remeber the bunkbed forts? lol
    Have you been back? I only went back for Ralph Brown’s funeral and that’s about it..
    How are Anita, Joe and Brian?

    Hope all is well with you!!

    Drop me a line or call (805)340-5751

    Shelli

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    June 10, 2012 10:32 amPosted 2 years ago
    Eric

    Awesome show at Shoreline last night. You guys continue to amaze me!

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    June 8, 2012 4:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Aya Ortega Gil

    i started to study music, and sing because of you. because I had never heard a voice like yours, maybe not the best but I think it is the only voice that I love this way. I never will be tired of listening you.

    the first time I heard your voice, know that i would love tesla. The first time I saw you, I was sure.

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    June 5, 2012 3:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michael Moulton

    OUTSTANDING show in Wendover. I think you pulled a couple new fans out of that one!! Heard a lot of comments from random people that didn’t even know who you were, but love you now.

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      June 30, 2012 11:59 amPosted 2 years ago
      Larry Turnage

      I saw the reno show and it rocked rocked rocked. Tesla is a rock band 100%. Wish the scorpions could have opened for a tesla show would have been a much better show that way.

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    June 5, 2012 1:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    RICK MILLER

    JEFF LOOKING FORWARD THE SHOW IN HAMPTON BEACH NH. SETH B AND MYSELD REMEMBER HANGING OUT IN THE PARKING LOT AFTER THE LAST SHOW TILL 4AM AND CANT WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN :-) CYA SOON!

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    May 19, 2012 2:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anna Bowers

    Great concert at thunder valley, thanks for treating us like royalty, especially my son Kevin for his 17th Bday!

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  • May 15, 2012 10:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    mike sullivan

    better off with out u..had this song on a cas.tape u guys did in a garrage when steve closman was doing things with u im big fan since city kidd see u guys in forest hill at the park at the school i watch u guys grow and slow love u guys always

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