The seeds of The Monroes were planted when Michigan-born keyboardist Eric Denton met singer-bassist Bob Monroe after relocating to San Diego. The two musicians were impressed enough with each other’s talents to form a band and The Monroes were rounded out in short order by guitarist Rusty Jones, drummer Jonnie Gilstrap and, most significantly, lead singer Jesus “Tony” Ortiz. After making a name for themselves on the Southern California club circuit, the band signed with Alfa Records — a Japanese label with American distribution.
Jason Sutter is an American musician and drummer currently based in Los Angeles, California. A well versed drummer, having studied and performed extensively across multiple genres, Sutter is most widely recognized within the rock genre for his associations with bands such as Marilyn Manson, Smash Mouth, New York Dolls, Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), and Foreigner among others.