Jeff Crouch is a self-taught musician, from Jamestown, Tennessee. He was born into a house of musicians. He grew up listening to his father, Herbert and brother, Richard play the banjo and even would listen to his mother, Betty strum chords on the guitar from time to time. From the early age of 9, he learned to play the mandolin. But it was the urgency and the love for the guitar that coursed thru his veins. He learned to play guitar at the age of 12. His eagerness was something that burned in him like a fire and drove his parents nuts when he would practice the same guitar licks, day after day, night after night, until 10:30 pm, until he would get it just right. He would play those LP records over and over again. Those were the good old days.
When he was only 12 years old, he along with three of his best friends from grade school, George Massengill, Logan Mullinix and Danny Crooks, formed a band. This band was called “The Southern Comfort Band”. They played for all their school dances, local parties and town functions. These four young men continue to rock the stage whenever the opportunity arises and their schedules can sync up.
In high school he was in the band and learned a great deal from his band teacher Dean Mayes. Even though it was years later that he actually learned to read music, he learned a great deal from his band teacher. He has utmost respect for his previous high school teacher, Dean Mayes, still to this day.
At the age of 17 he was asked to join the “Swift Current Band” as a Lead guitarist and vocalist. The band was based out of Cookeville, Tennessee and consisted of Ed Davis, Roger Hastings, Bill Cody and Steve Dodson. This was a golden opportunity. Ed Davis, Leader of the band took him under his wing, mentored him and showed him the ropes. He really looked up to Ed. During this time, the band opened up for the likes of George Jones, Lee Greenwood, John Anderson, Mel McDaniels, Jerry Lee Lewis as well as many others. It wasn't until he received a very valuable tip from George Jones guitar player that advised him to take classical guitar and to also learn to write and read music that he tapped into his full potential. He took Classical guitar for 9 months from Randy Gouge in Cookeville, Tennessee. Randy Gouge is a guitar genius. Until then, he had never really reached his full guitar playing potential. This took him to a whole other level on the playing music field. Another great musical influence in his life is Ben King. Ben is an uncle to his
friend, Logan Mullinix. He watched his musical abilities and have always been amazed at his song-writing, musical styles and just multiple talents in so many avenues. He has such a great voice and just genuinely someone he has always looked up to as well.
At the age of 22, he went to Nashville and worked with a writer named Gary Beaty for the TNN TV Show, Ralph Emery (Host of Nashville Now Show which aired in the late 80's) and Fred Newell. He also later went back and did some studio work on some CD's and material, and met lots of wonderful people. As much as he liked the opportunity in Nashville and to tour on the road, he liked the quiet and simplicity of being close to home and with his family.
He has written and produced many albums in his own studio in Jamestown and is currently working on a new album due out by the Fall of 2018. He will be playing all instruments, (drums, acoustic, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, etc) on all the tracks. His biggest musical influences are Merle Haggard, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr, Alabama, Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughn as well as many many others. These are the great musical influences that molded him and gave him the eclectic sound that you hear in his shows today.
He is currently playing shows all around Cookeville, Crossville, Knoxville, Nashville.....Tennessee, Kentucky and the Carolinas.....
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