The well-known song, “I Was Country Before Country Was Cool,” was not written by Jeff Coffell, 61, but he has lived it.
“I started playing drums in bars when I was 13 years old,” said Coffell, a Harker Heights resident, who also plays steel guitar, bass and sings.
He started his own band, called Plumb Country, in the 1980s and they still perform locally.
“We only play the music we love, which is traditional country music,” he added.
The current members of the band include long-time friends and musicians Henry Frogge and Jeremy Person, who is Coffell’s son-in-law, Larry Wheeler and Forrest Person, Steven Stallings and Bobby Dean, who has his own group, Timeless Country Band.
A native of Arkansas, Coffell’s 50-year career as a professional musician has spanned the country genre, allowing him to perform with legends like Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard and Hank Thompson and Brooks & Dunn, to name a few.
Along with him on this musical journey Regina, his wife of 31-years, though it seems like forever Jeff joked.
She doesn’t play in the band, but takes care of the promotions, makes costumes, and more importantly, runs the audio for the shows.
“I like it because you know how men are. If you don’t want to hear them, you turn them off, and I have that privilege,” she laughed.
The Coffells have played in clubs and theaters throughout Texas, Arkansas and other states.
They started performing in Branson, Mo., in 2009 with singer Lisa Layne, who did the Patsy Cline show at God & Country Theatre.
An opportunity occurred when the theater owners approached Jeff Coffell about doing a show.
“There was not a traditional country music show in town, so it just came together,” he said.
That was the start of a four-year run, from 2011 to 2015, for 24Karat Country Band with Coffell as lead singer.
“Branson was a beautiful place to live and the audiences were great, “ he said.
But recently this country duo returned to Texas, permanently relocating to Harker Heights to be closer to their family of three daughters and seven grandkids.
They plan to perform with Plumb County for private parties, events and do two to three benefits a year at VFW and American Legion halls.
Jeff and Regina Coffell take their extraordinary musical life in stride — it’s their personal Texas Two-Step story with a never-ending melody of love and good times.
“It was a great experience,” Regina said.
“We’re traditional country music and took a taste of Texas in Branson,” said Jeff Coffell.