BandleaderJerry 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.
All of the Guys have great singing voices as well and when they start their Four Part Harmonizing the results can be Pure Magic.
CTR is a group that stands United in Giving Back to Their Community, playing for many charity functions such as: Methodist Medical Center's Cancer Benefit for the pre qualifying 5 k and 10 k Run for the Houston Marathon,Sam's Jam- the event is named Sam's Jam after one of the founding members of Riders for the Cure, the Employee Motorcycle group of MD Anderson Cancer Center- Riders For The Cure - Working to Cure Cancer, and We Fight Like A Girl ( WEFLAG ) benefitting Ovarian Cancer Crosstown Renegades has been written up and recognised in the following multimedia publications, to name a few: North of the Border, The Houston Chronicle, Thunder Roads Magazine of Texas, Club House Magazine, the Gator Press and most recently both Bikers Welcome Texas and Bikers Welcome USA .
CrossTown Renegades has evolved into an undeniably unique, delightfully Texas Sound that is all their own and not to be missed.