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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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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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    January 11, 2013 12:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    don fields

    jeff, it is your biggest fan in philly area. you know me by sight ,pony tail,50 years young.we have spoke on many occasions. just want to thank you for the music and passion in which you deliver same. Will see you soon. take care of the family. Don

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    December 14, 2012 6:55 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lori Kilroy

    Jeff Keith you kick ass. Love you guys. When you coming to LA…LA fans want you!!!!!

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    December 7, 2012 9:17 pmPosted 2 years ago

    Jeff Keith has the most powerful voice in rock. Not sure what his secret is but it comes across so crisp and real but seems so effortless. This band was so far ahead of its time it’s ridiculous. The music can hang with anything out there today. Definitely a voice for my generation!

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    December 3, 2012 11:58 amPosted 2 years ago
    John Gill

    Tesla still rocks n Jeff you’re a very nice person n the other guys in Tesla are probly r too amazing vocals n ass kicking guitarist

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    November 11, 2012 6:15 pmPosted 2 years ago

    Jk is an amazing vocalist…I go see tesla every time they come to KANSAS…you will always rock in my heart and soul…Jeff country it is baby…

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    October 13, 2012 7:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jana Cox

    I saw my first Tesla concert in the 80′s when they were touring with Def Leppard. That is still the best concert I have ever seen! And I have been in love with Jeff Keith ever since. Keep on making beautiful music guys; I love ya!

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    October 12, 2012 9:10 amPosted 2 years ago

    Happy B-day Jeff! You guys still ROCK. Big fan from day one. By far my favorite band!

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    October 1, 2012 2:43 pmPosted 2 years ago

    Tesla is by far one of my favorite bands, love yall hope you come back to Houston soon

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    September 25, 2012 3:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Hank Williamson III

    Hey! HUGE JK and FH fan…Still play Tesla songs all the time! A mutual friend (P.Boone) owes me a favor, I would love to meet you, jam a bit with “Country Music Friends” next time you are in the ‘Ville! Seriously…I NEED a Tesla pick!

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    September 20, 2012 3:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna Danica

    Tesla u guys are a great band I luv your music and wish u the best in your music career godbless Donna


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