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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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    December 13, 2013 9:58 amPosted 1 year ago

    Jeff, saw you guys in Boise ID, in 198?, with Def Lep, y’all totally stole the spotlight, I was hooked from then on out. When will you be back?

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    October 15, 2013 12:48 pmPosted 1 year ago

    Love the band….have loved the band since the late eighties….question for the author of “Edison’s Medicine”. My 9 year old daughter just completed a time-line/biography project for her 4th grade class on Nikola Tesla and part of her research was viewing the music video for the song. In all the research we did together through books, DVD documentaries, internet, etc…I could not establish the significance of the number “3″ reference? The closest thing I could come up with is when Tesla performed his experiments in Colorado Springs, CO, he beamed out to the heavens, high frequency radio signals that returned with three signals back? I would love it if this reference to the number 3 was clarified….big fan, keep on rockin’ guys…we love you in L.A.

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    September 25, 2013 5:04 pmPosted 1 year ago

    tesla music brings me back home safe and sound thanks for the rockin tunes seen you in the 90s s wales uk what a night

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    September 11, 2013 4:02 amPosted 1 year ago
    Hope McGaughey


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    August 30, 2013 10:37 pmPosted 1 year ago

    I love love you guys! When coming Vancouver BC?

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    August 24, 2013 9:26 amPosted 1 year ago
    David Maye

    Hey guys, just discovered you on the net. Any band that plays,”Hand Me Down World,” by The Guess Who is amazing! When are u coming to Montreal, Canada?

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    August 13, 2013 6:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Donnie Chicago

    Hey guys!!! Thank you for all the great music over the years. Chicago wants you back! It was great seeing you guys at the House of Blues….you ROCKED IT! Hope to see you soon! Take care! God Bless!

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    August 5, 2013 3:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    kathy hilderbrand

    just saw you guys at the fraze in ohio. been a fan ever since I saw you at the hara arena in Dayton ohio. love you guys.keep on rockin. hope to see you again soon.

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    July 24, 2013 2:30 pmPosted 1 year ago
    danna helm

    i just got the tesla logo tattooed on my leg after your last show in oklahoma!

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    July 24, 2013 2:29 pmPosted 1 year ago
    danna helm

    i just saw you guys for about the 10th time in oklahoma at the diamond ballroom and i got the tesla logo tattooed on my leg about a week later!


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