Jeff Davidsmeyer

Jeff has been performing in various bands in central Illinois since the early ‘80’s.  After graduating from MacMurray College with a music education degree, Jeff taught concert band and Jr/Senior high choir.

 Although changing careers to join the family business, Jeff continued to play in bands and write songs.  In 1990, he was a founding member of the popular New Goat Ensemble.  This quintet and sextet (at times “The Goats” perform with 3 drummers) became a popular act in central Illinois.  Always starting a show with “something they have never played before” became a tradition as well as giving out “goat prizes” during the sets.  It was not unusual for this band to play a 1½ hour or 2 hour first set.  And always, the band started early.  Their debut 1996 CD, Campylobacter  is still a favorite amongst fans.

Today, the “Goats” play for special occasions, however, Jeff continues to play keyboards and guitar for various local bands as well as sharing the fronting duties for the Jeff and Teresa and friends band – a band he has formed with his wife Teresa.  At times, this band includes members of the New Goat Ensemble as well.  Jeff and Teresa continue to perform regularly at central Illinois wineries, house concerts, and private functions. 

Takin’ Our Time is Jeff’s 3rd solo release.  Other releases include Stain Glass Wall (1990) and Meet Me in the Country (1993). 

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