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"Did you ever go to look up a song on YouTube or iTunes and that one song leads to another, and then another, which leads to a different artist doing the same song, and then there’s his other song which leads to that other song that sounds kind of like it and suddenly it’s 2:00 am and you’ve listened to great music for the last three hours and now you’re happy? That’s just like a Taters show – a hoppin’, joyous journey across all kinds of terrain – pop, country, Americana, and rock-n-roll. Who knew the “Road to Shambala” led to “Werewolves of London”? The Taters did. And with their tight, smooth harmonies, superb musicianship, and cosmic song connections, every show turns into a celebration with the audience.

That’s why their brand new CD is aptly called Taters Party!- it’s a mix of favorites covering everyone from the Bee Gees to Ledbelly with some interesting originals thrown in. Plus, it’s all acoustic, recorded at an actual Taters party in someone’s living room." - Anne Jones - North of the James


"Successfully combining the best elements of Buddy Holly with the vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers. Craig Evans, whose voice often recalls the Mavericks' Raul Malo, and guitarist Brad Tucker, whose clever chord changes on his acoustic guitar make the ear do double-takes, harmonize with '50s panache ... with the vocalists trading leads only to converge at the choruses with tight harmonies." - Eric Brace - Washington Post


"Children of the golden age of radio, the Taters grew up on AM's assorted diet of country, rock 'n roll, and R&B, and filter those influences into their eclectic and blissful roots pop." - Richmond.com


With a deft touch for gleaning the best of American roots rock and rockabilly - and delivering it with thoroughly modern, totally hip sensibilities - Burnt Taters shine ... As delightfully derivative as they are impressively imaginative and inventive, the Taters lay often-stunning vocals over an airtight rhythm section, spiced with smoking acoustic guitar leads and licks. A given for roots-music formats, with strong shots at modern rock and college stations as well - Gordon Ely, Billboard - Billboard Magazine, Critic's Choice


"Made my way last night, along with the wife, to Mason District Park (down the road apiece, not even five minutes) to see the wonderful Richmond, Virginia band the Taters perform, bad back and refreshments in tow. I've been playing these guys on the various incarnations of Pure Pop Radio for many years, but this is the first time I've seen them do their thing live and in color.
As great as these Taters are on record, they are even better live, sporting rich three- and four-part harmonies that sent shivers up my been-in-better-shape spine. They're spirited players, so in synch with each other. Their hour-long set featured originals and covers, songs from across their impressive catalog, and tunes from their recently-released Taters Party, styled after the Beach Boys' similarly named, classic long-player.

Great songs like "New Girlfriend," from Taters Party, and blasts from the past that surprised and delighted the receptive crowd occupying the beautiful Mason District Park amphitheater ("Sylvia's Mother" and "Gotta Get a Message to You" among them) were the order of the night. It was all over much too soon, under a sky that threatened rain but remained blessedly rain drop-free.

Don't know the Taters? Pick up Taters Party to start, and then dive into the back catalog. You won't be sorry." - Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio


Discography

2013 Taters PARTY (live acoustic)
2010 My First Christmas With You (single)
2009 menagerie
2005 Just One Night Live
2003 Recess
2000 Strange But True
1999 Vox Box

2013 Legacy - Rick Nelson Tribute album
2011 Songs of Squeeze - Tribute album
2010 Sensory Lullabies - Tribute to Jellyfish album

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The Taters play what they call "Roots-pop" - an eclectic mix described as country roots, dashed with the genius songwriting of 60's & 70's power-pop, like a curious, accidental mix of the Mavericks, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and the Beatles". No matter what the style, the music always centers around vocal melodies and harmonies, and it's hard to walk away from a show without humming the songs.

The Taters have been reviewed favorably in Billboard Magazine, No Depression, and dozens of regional publications, and have played successful shows throughout the mid-Atlantic region for the last 16 years. They have 5 CDs of original music available. In 2009 the were voted Richmond's Favorite Band by a Virginia Commonwealth University poll, and they received the Teresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts, sponsored by Richmond Magazine.

Tater shows over the last decade have ranged from festivals & clubs to bookstores & house concerts, and they have shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Patty Loveless, Los Lobos, Dwight Yoakam, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Kirchen, BR5-49, Little River Band, Kansas, America, Wayne Hancock, and many others.