Crosstyz began in the late 90's when Robert Osteen and Paul Rice, two cousins from High Springs, teamed up with Rick Carnley and Sam Matthews, brother -in -laws from Bell FL. The band went through a few drummers in the early years until Toby Witt joined the group in 1999. Throughout the years the band has also featured Bobby Dodd from Steinhatchee FL, Darryle Valentine from Perry FL and Tommy Slaughter from Bell FL.
From the late 90's t0 2004 the band gained regional success. They became a favorite opening act for many venues gettting the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Neil McCoy, Diamond Rio, Darryle Singletary, George Jones, and Toby Keith to name a few. There album " Another Border to Cross" also became a regional favorite with radio airplay of the single "Falling"
In 2004 tragedy suddenly struck the group when their founding member Sam was killed in a car accident. For several years after the loss of Sam the band took time to mourn their brother and did not perform. In 2006 Robert and Toby began getting together with some fellow musician friends and played a few local gigs. It wasn't long after when Rick decided to join his former band. From 2006 - 2010 the group routinely got together and played local events with some of their musician friends. Then in early 2011 Paul decided it was time to rejoin the band. With Paul back in the mix the original core group was back together.
In early 2012 both Paul and Rick decided take a break from the group due to family and career comflicts. This left Toby and Robert to keep the Crosstyz sound alive. And they did by adding two new members. Gene Raulerson took over on bass and Matt Federico picked up the rhythm guitar and vocals. Mike Gilland joined the group on steel guitar and Darryl Valentine also plays some shows with the group.
The new lineup has also created an interesting side dynamic as four of the members all share careers in EMS. Robert is a paramedic/ fire fighter. Gene is a flight nurse. And both Toby and Matt are flight paramedics. Though someof the faces are new the band still retains the great sound and energy that has always made them a favorite with fans.