Jerry is a native Port Arthur boy! He's been playing for 50 years and loves the audience and stage life. Performing for clubs, parties and local charity events all over, especially the Texas and the Louisiana area has made his name "a Household Word" in the music industry.
Bandleader : Jerry Mantellini has a great deal of stage experience having played in a successful teen band that accomplished "living the dream" and sharing the stages with some of the huge international concert bands of the late 60's, 70's and early 80's, He took a long hiatus from the music scene to become a father and raise his family but the music always called him back and he never wandered far. Jerry re-started his career in music in earnest in 2000 and began performing as a duo in 2009 with his partner Felix Hayslip, who tragically had heart failure onstage and passed away doing what he loved. Instead of giving up Jerry continued to evolve and in 4 short years CrossTown Renegades was reborn from the ashes into a full blown Classic Rock Blues Band with a True Texas Style that has given them a sound that is unique and immediately recognizable.
Although the Founding members have changed from time to time Jerry Mantellini has kept his core focused on the best entertainers he could gather. All of the current members of the band came from touring bands at some point in their career and have always had that desire to return to the big stages and Jerry encourages them to contribute to the band's collective style. It was only a matter of time before they were booked to the bigger clubs around the Greater Houston Area. Soon they were they were headlining many of the Great State of Texas' Rallies, Festivals and Rodeos and opening for some of the Nation's top Touring Acts such as The Georgia Satellites, Missy Covill and the Iron Cowgirl Band (of Sturgis Rally fame) and at the Nation's largest four day rally- The Lone Star Rally
"THE ENERGY AND EXCITEMENT FROM THE CROWD KEEPS HIM ROCKIN"
I can't tell my story without first telling the short story of my grandfather Louis S Drewett. He played four string tenor guitar in Chicago jazz clubs in the 20's&30's. Till he got into oil. But never gave up guitar.
Now me... born in the late sixties at age three I grabbed his tenor one day and started playing along with the radio (you are the sunshine of my life).
"Get that boy a guitar!!" And that was that I've never stopped. Jazz band all through Jr. High,High school. Sat in with U.C. Berkeley jazz band my last year in school. While honing my skill I worked as a professional touring live audio engineer,learning many skills and technique from the pro's. Retired in 2003 to pursue a full time music career.
And here we are....
Diamond Lou in memory of Louis Drewett. 46 years of paying dues. Self taught, and specialize in playing from the heart and soul. With a style slightly modeled after Jimmy Page.
Jazz,blues,classic rock,southern fried rock,outlaw country,acid rock,heavy metal are my influences.The rest is history in the making.
Frank Hinojosa: Drums / Vocals
Intense, driven, Outgoing and unforgettable, Frank has been playing for 40 years and brings that energy to the stage like no other. His commitment to the band is unsurpassed with his love of the music. Frank has played in bands from his High School days to currently playing the Big Stages with CrossTown Renegades. Frank was born in a little town called Santa Monica, in deep South Texas and moved to Houston early in his life. Frank has worked as a Chef in several Houston area restaurants (This Guy Can Cook ~and we don’t mean just on Stage). If you like Beef Jerky, Frank now owns his own business and makes the best gourmet jerky in town…..( That’s what we eat on the road…LOL ) It’s the Official Snack Food for CTR………….
Frank is the Time Keeper and Drive behind CTR with his unique and highly definable style……..Frank Just Wants to Rock!
Casey Bennett Bass and Vocals