J.K. Coltrain has been on the
country music scene since the mid 1980's and is still going strong with
a career that spans decades and continents too.
A country music artist in the traditional sense of the word,
J.K. carries the mantle well, creative, sincere, always a
gentleman. His show is family oriented, friendly, and just
fun, offering a few surprises too.
His great music, jokes, and down home story telling give an intimate
feel to his show regardless of venue size.
J.K. first cracked the country
music charts in 1987
with a self-penned song, "West Virginia (You're Still
My Home)" on
Studio 7 label. Since then he has enjoyed a number of chart successes,
in the Top 40 for 41 straight weeks. He also has
made many appearances on radio and television, including The Nashville
Showcase, The Midnight Jamboree, Nashville On Stage, The Jerry Lewis
Telethon, and now hosts the Stars of Tomorrow Show on the Nashville
J. K. has toured worldwide and
with some of the
greatest names in country music including Jerry Reed, Loretta Lynn, The
Brothers, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Jerry
Lee Lewis, and many more.
The J.K. Coltrain show is always a fan favorite at festivals and county
J. K. Coltrain was born in Columbus, Ohio but raised in West Virginia
where his parents ran a mom & pop style grocery store.
By the time high school rolled around he was living in rural
J.K. grew up surrounded by music &
cousin, Buddy Starcher was a recording artist on Columbia
and was a regular on the Midwestern Hayride and
Hayride. Keith Whitley's first radio
Buddys weekly radio show, Keith was 8 years old.
J. K. made his own
first appearance on radio at age 12 and first TV appearance at age 14.
His Uncle & Grandpa performed together at
churches throughout the South. That's where J. K. made his first
appearance singing in
church at the ripe old age of 11. His first professional job was at age
he began singing with The Pleasant Hill Quartet. A well-known gospel
Of course in his
teens he had to try his hand in
dance bands, Fire n' Ice and The Four Aces but by age 20 he had
his first love country music.
J. K. helped form a 7 piece
rock group called "Southern Express'. A successful regional act that
opened for many popular groups including Pure Prairie League, The
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, and The
In 1983 he left The Southern Express to pursue a
solo career in more traditional country music. In Nashville he just fit right in and was often the featured artist on
Midnite Jamboree and popular area nightclubs. He was immediately dubbed The Star of
Tomorrow by Country Music News.
In addition to continueing to record
and performing on his
own, J. K. is now helping the new up & coming young
artists, as the President of Colt Records Nashville, Chairman
Country Opry and hosting The Country Star Showcases.
Coltrain was recently
The Texas CMA Entertainer Of The Year,
and Best Country Album of The Year awards.
K. Coltrain is a member of:
Traditional Country Hall of Fame
Country Music Association
Academy of Country Music
Country Legends Association
Americana Music Association
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